Largest Dogs: Tibetan Mastiffs, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and others…


Toy dogs, lap dogs, STATUS SYMBOLS and good companions….

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17 July 2016

The last photo of Hachikō, the dog who waited for his master’s return each day for 9 years until he too passed away



In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner’s life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station.

Hachikō – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The New York Times

Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China

BEIJING — There once was a time, during the frenzied heights of China’s Tibetan mastiff craze, when a droopy-eyed slobbering giant like Nibble might have fetched $200,000 and ended up roaming the landscaped grounds of some coal tycoon’s suburban villa.

But Tibetan mastiffs are so 2013.

Instead, earlier this year Nibble and 20 more unlucky mastiffs found themselves stuffed into metal chicken crates and packed onto a truck with 150 other dogs. If not for a band of Beijing animal rights activists who literally threw themselves in front of the truck, Nibble and the rest would have ended up at a slaughterhouse in northeast China where, at roughly $5 a head, they would have been rendered into hot pot ingredients, imitation leather and the lining for winter gloves.

 Nibble, a Tibetan mastiff, was checked by veterinarians after being saved from the slaughterhouse by a group of animal rights activists. Other rescued mastiffs had suffered broken limbs. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

…Four years ago, a reddish-brown purebred named Big Splash sold for $1.6 million, according to news reports, though cynics said the price was probably exaggerated for marketing purposes. No reasonable buyer, self-anointed experts said at the time, would pay more than $250,000 for a premium specimen.

These days, those mastiff breeders left in the business are suffering from overcapacity, as it were. Buyers have largely disappeared, and prices have fallen to a small fraction of their peak. The average asking price for desirable dogs — those with lionlike manes and thick limbs — is hovering around $2,000, though many desperate breeders are willing to go far lower.

Free Malaysia Today

Dog sold for RM6.5 million in China

March 19, 2014

Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy.

BEIJING: A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost US$2 million, a report said today, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.


A property developer paid 12 million yuan (US$1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a ‘luxury pet’ fair yesterday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.




Friday August 16, 2013 MYT 9:14:20 AM

Barking ‘lion’ irks zoo visitors

Fake exhibit: The 'African lion' at the zoo is actually a Tibetan mastiff.

Fake exhibit: The ‘African lion’ at the zoo is actually a Tibetan mastiff.

BEIJING: A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.

The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a visitor surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made – but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking.

The beast was in fact a red Tibetan mastiff – a large and long-haired breed of dog.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan (RM8) for the ticket, as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”


The Christian Post

June 28, 2013 12:00 AM EDT

Tibetan Mastiff kills A 6-Year-Old Girl in China..

By Katherine Russell


Tibetan Mastiff kills A 6-Year-Old Girl in China (Photos+Video) :: iPost


South China Morning Post

Tibetan mastiff kills six-year-old girl

Fatal attack sparks concern about danger of large dogs in China

Dogs may be man’s best friend but they can also be a dangerous enemy – as recent tragedies involving attacks by large dogs in China show.

A girl was killed by a Tibetan mastiff in a northern city of China on Thursday evening. When the six-year-old was on her way to a grocery store on a street in Dalian, the dog knocked her down and bit her neck. The girl was rushed to hospital, but died from severe injuries to her trachea and arteries, leaving her mother deeply distraught, the Bandao Daily reported.

Some weeks ago, an eight-year-old girl was also attacked by a Tibetan mastiff in a village in China’s Shanxi province. Fortunately, she was saved by a villager and has been recovering in hospital, Taiyuan Evening Newsreported.

Tibetan mastiff kills six-year-old girl | South China Morning Post


Millions for a mastiff at China Tibetan dog expo

Published on Mar 09, 2013
11:19 PM
Vendors gather on a stage with their Tibetan mastiff displayed for sale at a dog show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 9, 2013. The mastiff is up for sale for five million Chinese yuan (S$998,080). — PHOTO: AFP

BAODING, China (AFP) – Drooping eyes barely visible behind a mountain of glossy black fur, an enormous dog snoozes on stage in an industrial Chinese city. Its asking price: close to a million US dollars.

“This is the greatest dog in China,” breeder Yao Yi said, as he stroked a year-old Tibetan Mastiff, up for sale on Saturday for five million Chinese yuan (S$998,080), at a dog show in Baoding, a few hours drive from Beijing.

Millions for a mastiff at China Tibetan dog expo


Tibetan mastiff dies during cosmetic surgery

By Fan JunmeiFebruary 6, 2013

A mastiff farm in Beijing sued an animal hospital after one of its Tibetan mastiffs died during a cosmetic surgical procedure, and claimed a compensation of 880,000 yuan(US$128,400), the Beijing News reported.

Mr. Yu acted as legal representative for the farm. He told the newspaper that on Nov. 9, 2012, he had sent a Tibetan mastiff worth 880,000 yuan to the animal hospital run by Mr. Li for a cosmetic procedure. After a 20- minute treatment, Yu was told that the Tibetan mastiff had died.

It was later found out that the Tibetan mastiff had died from cardiac arrest caused by complications with the anesthesia. Yu also learnt that the hospital didn’t have the necessary import permit for the anesthetics it used, and didn’t follow the instructions that specifically suggested no mix with medication containing acepromazine.

Tibetan mastiff dies during cosmetic surgery-


Why did he send his dog for surgery?

“If my dog looks better, female dog owners will pay a higher price when they want to mate their dog with mine,” Yu told the Global Times. “The skin of my dog’s head was very flabby, so I wanted to cut part of his forehead and straighten the skin. And also in this way, his hair would look longer as the rear part of the head will have more hair,” he said.

Chinese man sues vet clinic after dog dies during facelift



This Siberian Husky lives in Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh, Malaysia.

Siberian Husky


Polar bear & Husky (animals at play)



The Chukchi people and their dogs

Everyone knows that Siberian Huskies come from Siberia, however they weren’t found just running around in the wild. The Siberian is of a pure and very ancient lineage, dating back 4,000 years or more. The Siberian breed was developed by the Chukchi people of North Eastern Asia, an ancient Siberian hunting people, who used the dogs to assist them hunting and to pull loads long distances through the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic.

Read the whole article, an interesting one:
History | My Husky



Get to know the Siberian Husky

Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberians have a thicker coat then most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, and a variety of markings on the head is common.

A Look Back
The Siberian Husky is widely believed to have originated from within the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula. These dogs were used in 1908 for the All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, which consisted of a 408 mile long dogsled race, and served in the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II.

Siberian Husky – American Kennel Club



Boerboel Surafricano. País de origen. Sudáfrica.

The Boerboel [burbul] is a large, mastiff dog breed from South Africa, bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead. These dogs were often a first line of defense against predators and were valuable in tracking and holding down wounded game. Old farmers tell many tales of the strength, agility, and courage of their Boerboels.

The word “Boerboel” derives from “boer”, the Afrikaans/Dutch word for “farmer”. Boerboel, therefore, translates as either “farmer’s dog” or “Boer’s dog”. The Boerboel is the only South African dog breed created to defend the homestead.


50 to 80 kg (110 to 175 lbs)


60 to 70 cm (23 to 27 in)

 From Wikipedia

South African Boerboel Dog | – (900×600 – 78kB)

South African Boerboel

These dogs are highly prized as big game hunters around the world because they can track skillfully and hold large animals down until the hunter arrives. In Africa they are commonly used to hunt adult lions (does that make a Boerboel king of the jungle?). They are completely fearless dogs and when faced with an obstacle or threat the only option in their mind is to go deal with it by whatever means necessary so they can return to their “pack.”


The Japanese Akita


In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner’s life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station.

Hachikō – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



This Tibetan Mastiff is only slightly smaller than a lion

This one looks like a lion

The Ferocious Tibetan Mastiff and this Giant’s Roots.

The Tibetan Mastiff can reach up to 31 inches and around 160 pounds in weight; the largest Tibetan Mastiff in the world is recorded at 245 pounds. Their coats come in solid black and tri-colors.

The native Tibetan Mastiff in Tibet are extremely aggressive and ferocious. In Tibet, people train Tibetan Mastiff to be aggressive guard dogs, while Western countries train them as companion dogs. Asian countries are trying to preserve the roots of the Tibetan Mastiff by training them to become more protective, and breeding them to be more massive in size.

In its native environment, the Tibetan Mastiff is tenacious in performing his flock-guarding duty. He is able to bring down predators like leopards and wolves without difficulty.

From years of selective breeding, the Tibetan Mastiff has become extremely protective of his family, flock and territory. This type of dog is known for being nocturnal, making them perfect for keeping would-be intruders and animal predators away, using its booming and fearsome bark throughout the night.

Adapted from Mastiff Dog Center: The Ferocious Tibetan Mastiff and this Giant’s Roots.

The Ferocious Tibetan Mastiff and this Giant’s Roots




I have seen two Great Danes face-to-face only twice in my life, and both were terrifying incidents.

The first incident occurred when I was 16, in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. I visited a friend. He led me into the house but walked so fast that I lost sight of him. As I walked thorugh the lounge down a passage, suddenly, a Great Dane put his head out from behind a curtain and looked at me. This HUGE DOG was only 2 feet away. I FROZE IN TERROR. He looked at me, turned around and returned to his room. Wow, that was a close shave! My friend returned and said, “Stay close to me!” I did.

A few years later, at Outward Bound School in Singapore, I met another Great Dane, in even scarier circumstances. There were 12 of us in our patrol. It was the second day of a 3-day hike. As we came into a village, we saw a Great Dane standing at the doorway of a wooden house farther down the road. It looked at us. Then, it began moving towards us. I was the point man, and held a parang (bush knife or machete), and it was my task to defend the patrol from danger, whether it came from dogs or snakes. I COULD SEE THAT THE GREAT DANE WOULD NOT BE DETERRED IN ANY WAY. I stopped walking, and so did the others behind me. I knew without a doubt that it would attack and that that would be the end of me. The dog made no sound. It moved relentlessly towards me. Suddenly, a girl called out, “Ah Hak (Cantonese for ‘Black’), come back!” The dog stopped, and returned to the doorway, where it stood beside a little girl of about 12. To say that I felt relief would have been an understatement.


The Great Dane (18th Cent. French: Grand Danois), also known as German Mastiff (German: Deutsche Dogge) or Danish Hound (German: Dänischer Hund), is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) known for its giant size. The Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds; the current world record holder, measuring 112 cm (44 in) from paw to shoulder is Zeus.Great Danes were originally bred to hunt deer and wild boar.

Great Dane – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The history of Great Dane is not a one version story. Some would argue the breed evolved primarily in Britain over several hundred years, while others would say the Germans did all of the work. So the history of Great Dane depends on which version you listen to!

Great Dane dog history first appears about 3000BC. We see Dane like dogs in carvings on Egyptian monuments built around this time. Fast forward 3400 years to the 5th century, when present day Europe was invaded by the Alanis, an Asiatic race, who brought giant mastiff dogs with them. Over the next several hundred years, it is surmized that these mastiff like dogs were cross bred with Irish Grey Hounds, producing a giant but slimmer breed than pure mastiff.

..certainly, the Germans deserve most of the credit for the development of the breed as we know it today. By the 16th century, these giant dogs were fairly common as boar hounds in both Britain and the Germanic states. The Germans did import a large number of these “Englishe dogges” for cross breeding with their own version as they worked to develop the perfect boar hunter for their own needs.

But here the history of the great dane takes another twist. Boar hounds were not cudly stoic dogs.European wild boar were very dangerous and hunting them required a fast, strong and aggressive dog. And that’s what had been developed. But it was also realized, that a dog of this size could be an excellent guard dog – although in order to fulfill this function something would have to be done to make it more people friendly. And so over the 18th and 19th centuries, German dog breeders concentrated on evolving their boar hound into a breed of good temperment and friendliness.

So why is a dog breed that has never had anything to do with Denmark named a Great Dane?

Another little twist in Great Dane history. In the early 1700’s, a French naturalist, Compte de Buffon first saw these dogs while traveling in Denmark. He labelled this breed “le Grande Denois” or Great Dane. For some reason, the name stuck – although only in English. (The Germans continued to refer to this breed as the “Deutsche doggen”.) So, although Denmark has absolutely no part to play in the story of the history of Great Danes, the dog is nevertheless tied to it albeit in name only.

History of Great Dane is a fascinating story of breed development – Cached


GEORGE THE GREAT DANE is 7ft long, weighs 18st (252 pounds) and is the world’s biggest dog.



The English Mastiff, referred to by most Kennel Clubs simply as the Mastiff, is a breed of large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt through the Pugnaces Britanniae. Distinguishable by enormous size, massive head, and a limited range of colors, but always displaying a black mask, the Mastiff is noted for its gentle temperament. The lineage of modern dogs can be traced back to the early 19th century, and the modern type was stabilised in the 1880s. Following a period of sharp decline, the Mastiff has increased its worldwide popularity.

English Mastiff – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Hercule the English Mastiff weighs 282 pounds.

Hercule was recently awarded the precious award of the largest dog by Guinness world records. Hercule is an English Mastiff who has a 38-inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.



The mutt-millionaire: Canine lover with collection of 30 rare dogs worth £8MILLION

By Jody Thompson
UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 26 May 2011

Multi-millionaire Kenny Lai owns an incredible 30 Tibetan Mastiffs, the most expensive breed of dog.

He bought nine thoroughbreds three years ago for £3.2million and has since bred them into a collection worth millions of pounds.

The massive animals are being homed in a purpose-built kennel at Lai’s penthouse apartment in Kuala Lumpur.

Million pound pooch: Multi-millionaire Kenny Lai with one of his Tibetan Mastiff dogs at his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Million pound pooch: Multi-millionaire Kenny Lai with one of his Tibetan Mastiff dogs at his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Saturday May 15, 2010

Tibetan mastiff craze hits Malaysian shores

Stories by YIP YOKE TENG

Its arrival at the Xi’an airport in China was welcomed by a motorcade of 30 black limousines and its new owner said it was priceless and she had no qualms paying 4mil Yuan (about RM2mil) to take it home.

The millionairess is taking home a Black Tibetan mastiff the world’s most expensive dog.

“Gold has a price, but this Tibetan mastiff is priceless,” said the owner who was elated at having the pet after an exhaustive search for a pedigree Tibetan mastiff.

Worth the price: A file picture of the Chinese millionairess greeting her new pet that she bought for 4mil Yuan and welcomed with a motorcade of 30 black limousines at the Xi’an airport. — AFP

Tibetan mastiff craze hits Malaysian shores… – Cached



An impressively large dog with noble bearing, the Tibetan Mastiff is an aloof and watchful guardian breed. They possess a solemn but kind expression, with an immense double coat it can be black, brown and blue/grey, with or without tan markings, and various shades of gold. Although seen in shows in the United States today, they may not enjoy participating in organized activities such as obedience or agility due to their highly independent natures.

A Look Back
The origins of the Tibetan Mastiff are somewhat murky, but earliest written accounts place a large dog around 1100 BC in China. The breed remained isolated in the Himalayan mountains, where it developed into the Tibetan Mastiff we know today. Primarily a family and property guardian, the breed was traditionally kept confined during the day, then let loose at night. They were left behind to guard the tents and families when the flocks were moved to higher pasture.

Tibetan Mastiff – American Kennel Club

Tibetan Mastiff : The Dogs

Tibetan Mastiff Lion 300×255 Tibetan Mastiff Breed

November 28, 2012


Tibetan Mastiff, ‘Big Splash,’ Becomes World’s Most Expensive Dog

Tibetan Mastiff Most Expensive Dog

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/16/11 10:23 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Tibetan Mastiff, ‘Big Splash,’ Becomes World’s Most Expensive Dog
[Mar 16, 2011]… – Cached

Tibetan mastiffs HISTORY AS military WORKING BREED

TIBETAN MASTIFF HISTORY: Now purebred the Tibetan Mastiff has become basically extinct in the place of origin. The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the world’s most ancient breeds. The Molossian dogs of ancient times are descended from the Tibetan Mastiff as are over 50% of our modern breeds. The nomad encampments were invariably guarded by enormous black mastiffs, which were trained to attack and kill men, and are described as being MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVES. The smooth/short coated Tibetan Mastiffs were used as for sentry duty and as temple guardians. These dogs are known to have been highly prized by the ancient Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Huns, and Mongols, accompanying them on war expeditions. Ancestors of these dogs traveled with Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. These large dogs were launched in charges against the ranks of the enemy and used as dispatch carriers. These large dogs were launched in charges against the ranks of the enemy and used as dispatch carriers. Hence, the age-old army order – “Let slip the dogs of war!” Legend has it that two of these Tibetan Mastiff’s marched with every company of Genghis Khan’s army for the purpose of being sentries as compared to attack dogs. Some cynologists, such as Strang, have proposed that the roots of this ancient family may trace even further East, to Asia, and to the area where ancestors of the modern Tibetan Mastiff were found.

The Tibetan Mastiff is now a national treasure and endangered species in China.

Tibetan Mastiff History as Military Working Breed – Cached


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