Introduction to breed
we have forgotten about the mysterious guardian of Himalayas.. they are Himalayan mastiffs.. these valiant dogs have always been the defenders of humanity and the assets and life of humans.. today, they are endangered.. to be endangered doesn't mean, to near extinction.. today, we find a lot of watered down specimens.. true Himalayan mastiff is the gem of indian canine race.. efforts are to be taken to preserve it for our further generation!
Males stand : 28" - 37" at the shoulder. you can keep 30 as average.
females stand : 26" - 35" at the shoulder. here, you can keep 28 as average.
their weight is 60+ kilos! it can go even up to 90 - 100 kilos!
females weigh upwards of 50 kilos!
they have inherent will to guard their turf and guarding their turf is paramount to them! nothing can surpass their inherent noble wish to defend their turf! and in what they wish to do, they are masters and dynamic warriors!
their might have been described and praised by great scholars and personalities like Alexander the great and Aristotle and many others.. their valor and furiously mighty exploits in the arena against king of beasts like lion have also been proudly spoken about by foreign scholars far far before even Jesus Christ was born!
such race of dogs they are.. we can't just neglect them and go for ruined breeds which can no longer perform.. in my opinion, like how himalayan ranges stand tall and mighty in the world of mountains, the mysterious Himalayan mastiffs of the mighty Himalayas stand tall before all other dogs in the dog world! the legendary Himalayan mastiff is an embodiment of love,valor,courage,sacrifice and devotion.. it is indeed our privilege and fortune to work for this magnificent breed which shines by all its glory of positive traits and feats! they have made their mark across the history! for which, we are proud of! the very presence of the himalayan mastiff instills confidence in the heart of a tender child and inflicts mortal fear even in the hearts of deadliest of assailants! that is what they are! they are canine gems of India!Quotes from some Historical Books
In BOOK VIII Chapter XXIII, “….. mythologically it is said that Indian dogs have been born from a cross breeding between the dog and the tiger…..”
"They say that the Indian dog is a cross between the tiger and the bitch, not the first cross, but a cross in the third generation; for they say that the first cross is a savage creature. They take the bitch to a lonely spot and tie her up: if the tiger be in an amorous mood he will pair with her; if not he will eat her up, and this casualty is of frequent occurrence."
( The history of animals by Aristotle:350 BC)
"Animals grow biggest in india ,from india comes the dog that are larger than all others."( Naturalis Historia by Pliny the elder 77CE)
"The Indian dogs are very large and even attack lions. "( Ctesias,400BC)
"His country possesses a noble breed of dogs, used for hunting,and said to refrain from barking when the sight their games which is chiefly the Lion .Sopithes( the indian king) wishing to show alaxender the strength and mettle of theses dogs caused a very large lion to be placed within an enclosure where four dogs in all were let loose upon him.The dog at once fastened upon the wild wild beast ,when one of the huntsman who was accustomed to work of this kind tried to pull away by the leg one of the dogs which with the others had seized the lion ,and when the limb would not come away,cut it off with his knife.the dog could not even by this this means forced to let let go his hold ,an so the man proceeded to cut him in another place,and finding him still clunching the lion as tenaciously as before ,he contined cutting away with his knife one part of him after another .The brave dog ,however ,even in dying kept his fangs fixed in the lion's flesh."
(The Invasion Of India By Alexander The Great As Described By Arrian, Q. Curtius, Diodorus, Plutarch And Justin)
"Indian dogs were highly prized among the Persian aristocracy; Xerxes I (489-65 B.C.E.) reportedly took a large number of them with his army when he marched against Greece. One of the Persian satraps of Babylon assigned the revenues derived from four large villages in that province to the care of his Indian hounds. A dog belonging to Darius III (336-30 B.C.E.) supposedly refused to leave his corpse after he had been struck down by Bessus."
( Encyclopaedia Iranica By Mahmoud and Teresa P. Omidsalar.
“ Curtius after describing the many good qualities of the people and their high mental standard and physical beauty, tells us of a type of hunting dog whose prowess was exhibited in the arena before Alexander: ‘four of which being let loose upon a lion, an officer took one which was fastened upon the beast, and cut off one of his legs, then another, and continued to hack and mangle him till he had killed him, yet was the dog so obstinate and savage that he would not let go, but left his teeth sticking in the lion.’
A number of these dogs were presented to Alexander ,many of which eventually found their way back to Macedonia to survive even to this day as the breed now known as the ‘Molossian mastiff’. That they were identical to ferocious- looking hunting dogs depicted in the bas-relief of the palace at Nimrud ( circa 640 B.C. and the palace of Assurbanipal at Ninevah(668-628 B.C.); these bass-reliefs can be seen in the British Museum there can be no doubt.
They were also probably the terrible war dogs of Manghols (Mughals) at the time of their
conquests, and probably the ancestors of the modern Banjara and Poligar dogs, fierce and intractable brutes standing about thirty-two inches high at the shoulder, used in india for hunting tigers and panthers.” (As written exactly in the book “Alexander the great” by Lawis Vance Cummings).