Big Dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas: A Personal Journey (Orchid Press) – by Don Messerschmidt

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The first Tibetan mastiffs came to the West via England over 150 years ago. North America has seen  these exotic dogs only in the last 30 years. Although in high demand at this time, these magnificent breed became almost extinct during the communist cultural revolution. Used traditionally as guardian dogs, the Tibetan mastiff has become a symbol of immense prestige in the modern day China. The nouveau rich are ready to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire one dog with desired pedigree.

Big dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas

The Tibetan Mastiff has also gained popularity in the international world . From its first introduction to England, thousand of these dogs are raised throughout the world. Raised as pets, guardians and faithful companions many breeders are promoting the breed. They have also gotten great attention in international dog shows. Interest in this breed has reached global proportions.  The day of the Tibetan Mastiff has arrived.

This book is a rare collection of unique facts about these exotic and relatively rare dogs. It includes the big dogs from Tibet and the Himalayas.   Read this book and learn about the Tibetan mastiff (Do-kyi, meaning ‘tied dog’), the rare KyiApso (the ‘bearded’ or ‘shaggy’ Tibetan mastiff), the Himalayan mountain dog (Bhoté kukur), and the least known Sha-kyi (Tibetan hunting dog).

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Interesting facts from the book.

Did you know?

  • Research on Tibetan dogs is contentious. This book challenges some of the conventional wisdom, myth and malarkey about  them.
  • Marco Polo is said to have described them “as big as donkeys.” But that’s just a bad translation. He may never have even seen one! Nonetheless it has inspired some modern breeders to create enormous critters, mistakenly evoking a mythical past–and much more.
  • After Marco Polo, the big Tibetan dogs were described next by more recent explorers, missionaries, diplomats and spies traveling on the ‘Roof of the World.’
  • There was even one Tibetan mastiff on an early expedition to Mt. Everest, a mountain known for its mysterious “ghost dogs.” \
  • Altogether, this is a comprehensive and at times provocative study of these magnificent animals, part history and culture, part memoir, and part myth-busting. It’s a “must read” for all big dog owners and admirers.

Compliments on ‘Big Dogs…’ from readers and reviewers:

“I’ve just completed a wonderful morning reading through your canine charivari… it’s a cracking book. It is patently both a labour of love and a work of exhaustive scholarship. You’ve done a magnificent job.” (Charles Allen, author of popular historical books on the Himalayas)

“What a great job of story telling. I really liked getting to read about your younger days tramping thru the high himals, AND YOUR INSIGHT INTO THE BIG DOGS. Thank you!!” (S. Alinen, an appreciative reader)

“The history-lovers version of Marley and Me, Messerschmidt’s memoir is an enjoyable dog romp through the Himalayas. I loved it.” (C. Tkaczyk, reviewed on Amazon.com)

“What’s most notable here is Messerschmidt’s obvious love for Tibetan mastiffs, as well as his continuing admiration for the people of the High Himalayas who own and depend on them. [But] Reading these pages, one wonders at times what sort of strange fetish Messerschmidt must have to pursue creatures that clearly want no part of him other than his leg in their mouths.” (T. D’Souza, reviewed at www.peacecorpsworldwide/pc-writers)

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One Response to “Big Dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas: A Personal Journey (Orchid Press) – by Don Messerschmidt”

  1. Dominique Rawlinson Says:
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