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FCI-Standard N° 230 / 02. 04. 2004 / GB
DO-KHYI (Tibetan Mastiff)

ORIGIN : Tibet
PATRONAGE : FCI
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 24.03.2004
UTILIZATION : A companion, watch and guard dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Section 2.2 Molossoid breeds, Mountain type.
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY :
The Tibetan Mastiff (Do Khyi) is an ancient working breed of the nomad herders of the Himalaya and a traditional guardian of the Tibetan monasteries.
It has been surrounded by great myth since its first discovery in antiquity.
From the mentioning by Aristoteles (384-322 b.C.) to the famous writings of Marco Polo, who went to Asia in 1271, all historical reports praise the natural strength and impressiveness of the Tibetan Mastiff- both physically and mentally.
Even its bark has been described as a unique and highly treasured feature of the breed.
Leading European cynologists of the past, like Martin and Youatt, Megnin, Beckmann, Siber as well as Strebel and Bylandt have intensively covered the Tibetan Mastiff, as they had been fascinated by its origin and function in the Tibetan culture.
Some even considered the breed to be the very forefather of all large mountain and mastiff breeds. One of the first known Tibetan Mastiffs to reach Western shores was a male sent to Queen Victoria by Lord Hardinge (then Viceroy of India) in 1847.
Later in the 1880s, Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) took two dogs back to England. An early recorded litter of Tibetan Mastiffs was born in 1898 in the Berlin Zoo.

GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Powerful, heavy, well built, with good bone. Impressive; of solemn and earnest appearance.
Combines majestic strength, robustness and endurance; fit to work in all climate conditions. Slow to mature, only reaching its best at 2-3 years in females and at least 4 years in males.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
* Skull measured from occiput to stop equal to muzzle from stop to end of nose but muzzle may be a little shorter.
* Body slightly longer than height at withers.
Chestather deep, of moderate breadth, with good spring of rib, to give heart-shaped ribcage.  Brisket reaching to below elbows.

 

TAIL

 

Medium length.  Set high on line with top of back, carried high, loosely curled over back, when dog alert or in motion; well feathered.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS

 

Straight, well angulated, well covered all over with strong hair.

 

Shoulders

 

Well laid, muscular.

 

Elbows

 

Neither turned in nor out

 

Forearms

 

Straight.  Strong bone.

 

Metacarpus (Pasterns)

 

Strong, slightly sloping.

 

HINDQUARTERS

 

Powerful, muscular, with good angulation.  Seen from behind, hindlegs parallel.

 

Upper thigh

 

Rather long; strong, with good hard muscles, but not bulging.

 

Stifle

 

Well bent

 

Hock

 

Strong, low set. 

 

Dewclaws

 

Optional.

 

FEET

 

Fairly large, strong, round and compact, with good feathering between well-arched toes. 

 

GAIT / MOVEMENT

 

Powerful, but always light and elastic: with good reach and drive.  When speed increases tends to single track.  When walking appears very deliberate.  Capable of functioning over a varied terrain with stamina and suppleness.

 

COAT

HAIR

 

Quality of greater importance than quantity.  Coat harsh, thick, top coat not too long, with dense and rather wolly undercoat in cold weather which becomes rather sparse in warmer months. Males carry noticeably more coat than females. Hair fine but harsh, straight and off-standing.  Never silky, curly or wavy.  Neck and shoulders heavily coated, giving mane-like appearance.  Tail bushy and well feathered; hindlegs well feathered on upper rear parts.

 

COLOUR

 

Rich black, with or without tan marking; blue, with or without tan markings; gold, from rich fawn to deep red.  All colours to be as pure as possible.  Tan ranges from a rich chestnut to a lighter colour. White star on breast permissible.  Minimal white markings on feet acceptable. Tan markings appear above eyes, on lower part of legs and underside of tail.  Tan markings on muzzle; spectacle markings tolerated around eyes.

 

SIZE

Height at the withers

 

Dogs       :    66 cm (26 ins) minimum.

>Bitches   :    61 cm (24 ins) minimum.

AULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
SEVERE FAULTS :
* Lacking physical condition and fitness.
* Head light or heavily wrinkled.
* Pendulous flews.
* Pronounced dewlap.
* Large and/or low set ears.
* Light eyes or staring expression.
* Weak pigmentation, particularly of nose.
* Barrelled ribs.
* Tightly curled tail over hips.
* Over angulated or straight hindquarters.
* Heavy constrained movement.
* Under minimum height, tolerance 2 cm.

ELIMINATING FAULTS :
* Aggressive or overly shy.
* Undershot or overshot mouth.
* All other colours than above mentioned e.g. white, cream, grey, brown (liver), lilac, brindle, particolours.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
This amended breed standard will become effective from September 2004.