Which are the differences between “Chinese” and “native” bloodlines?
The so called “Chinese Tibetan mastiffs” or “Chinese mastiffs” are the product of a peculiar selection that some Chinese breeders have been realizing for 20 years. From generation to generation and by using in-breeding (closely related individuals mating), these specimens have been appearing more and more different from original Tibetan mastiffs. This is why many people doubt about the pureness of these dogs, and attribute their different physical appearance to the crossing with other breeds such as Chow-Chow, Newfoundland, Spanish Mastiff, Sharpei and others. A lot of people are asking to include these Chinese dogs within a new breed, the Chinese mastiff exactly. Until that time these specimens will continue to be classified as another strain or variety within the same breed. In our opinion this is a wrong classification.
Native Tibetan mastiff specimens were directly born in their original lands or they are their direct descendants, indeed. Pay attention to those Western breeders stating they have “native” dogs. It is essential to clarify that when we speak of “native dogs”, we do not refer to dogs who were born in some Chinese kennel, which is cleverly located close to the Tibetan plateau. Our dogs lived and worked together with Tibetan nomads or in the monasteries, in deep remote areas, protected from every genetic manipulation. There are no doubts about their pureness and their typical characteristics. Their similarity with the illustrated Tibetan specimens of many years ago, further certify their quality.