After the show, I was asked to do a seminar on the history and structure of the Tibetan Mastiff. Since I had a Powerpoint presentation from my 2010 seminar to Russian fanciers, only some tweaking and additional line drawings were required to update everything, and I worked with Luke via email so he could translate for attendees to follow along.
The bronze winner in the gold division. Though he was not as well structured as the two dogs that placed above him, the author found him to be not entropic.
I also spoke about health because eventually, with increased exports, an absence on checks and balances in this area is going to snowball in the breed. Collectively, we will find ourselves in an inescapable genetic corner, and the breed will suffer across the board.
Hsin Hsiung Wu assisted me in explaining the concept of correct front end, shoulder assembly, pasterns, feet, prosternum, and the rest of those very important features necessary to just survive, let alone do a guarding job, whether more sedentary or more active.
Unfortunately, the historical documents that discuss loose skin, visible haw, and big-headed, boned and bodied dogs have been taken to the extreme by breeders who think the public wants it that way. Such breeders have deviated from the course with the infusion of many other breeds, adding coat where there never historically was any (such as right above the eyes) and taking the word “mane” to literally mean hair the length and volume of a mature lion’s mane, when in fact it historically referred to the hair around the neck, mantling down the back.
A tiny slice of Western breeders shared with their Asian friends that they did not agree with my placements, despite my explanations about structure, entropion and dentition. This minority group favors the big-haired, wrinkled, overdone dogs that cannot get around the ring without laboring – in essence, the “market type” dogs.
A few attendees thanked us, but I think most were anxious to get going to a soon-to-happen convention elsewhere in China about how to market the Tibetan Mastiff.
Long hair on the front of the legs was something the author was surprised to find.