STABLE LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS AND FAMILY COMPANIONS - KESANG CAMP PHOTOS
Introduction: Tibetan Mastiffs are low maintenance dogs that are relatively clean and shed less than most other breeds. They simply blow their wool-like coat once a year and are otherwise maintenance free. As hypoallergenic companions, they are ideal for people with allergies. For a large dog, Tibetan Mastiffs are generally quiet and unobtrusive in the house (except at the approach of strangers). Being a working breed, they are also excellent family companions, loyal and adaptable to almost any family situation. This is a breed with a special affinity for children of whom it is especially protective and patient. It is the character of the Tibetan Mastiff which makes them unique and a joy to own. They can strike mortal fear into the heart of a stranger with their deep and persistent bark. But to their families they are clowns always ready to play. They are very much their own dog, mentally independent as well as being very intelligent. They have a nobel air. But that same nose-in-the-air attitude can dissolve in an instant into gleeful puppyish rolls and romps at the first hint of a chance to play. To their family they never grow old. Those of us who have welcomed Tibetan Mastiffs into our families have come to know them for what they really are: fierce of mien, gentle of manner! While folklore and some historical accounts paint the picture of an aggressive, barking dog, it was actually the Tibetan people who preferred and encouraged aggressive behavior and barking in their dogs for function's sake. This was often accomplished by provoking chained dogs from the time they are puppies. This was learned and desired behavior for the native Tibetan dogs. Successive generations of Western domestically bred and reared dogs have produced a confident, reliable, and competent loyal family protector who desires primarily to maintain the sanctity and safety of the home turf. Any and all temperament problems or excessive barking rests with improper individual training methods. The Tibetan Mastiff can be trained as a guard or for use in the Armed Services or police work and for the guarding of livestock. He can also be used to pack small loads and has been trained as a sled dog.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to only breed the best Tibetan Mastiffs (that are 26 to 30 plus inches at the shoulders) in which to serve the authentic Tsang-Khyi Tibetan Mastiff function. Not to be confused with the subvariant, miniature (23 to 26 inch) Do-Khyi dogs! This breed marched in Genghis Khan's armies as messenger dogs. Marco Polo described their size as being tall as a donkey with a voice like a lion. Kesang Camp firmly believes, based upon Tibet's minimal donkey size for function requirement of being capable of killing wolves and snow leopards in defense of master and livestock, any subvariant Do-Khyi Tibetan Mastiff that is shorter than 26 inches (the shortest recorded donkey) should be considered a severe breed standard fault and disqualified from breeding and showing as a purebred Tibetan Mastiff. In addition to the miniature Do-Khyi Tibetan Mastiffs, it is estimated that 50% of modern breeds are subvariants dscending from the pure breed