Chinese chronicles related that Genghis Khan, a world-famous emperor of China, once organized an army corps of 30,000 Tibetan mastiffs in his Western march; afterwards some mastiffs were discarded in the region, becoming the ancestor of various dogs, such as French Saint Bernard, Spanish Great Pyrenees, British mastiff, Italian Neapolitan Mastiff and German Great Dane.
Tibetan Mastiffs, English Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever are clustered together, separate from Belgian Malinois.
However, genetic diversity of Tibetan Mastiff and Kunming dog have not been studied by using microsatellites previously.
In this study, we examined 608 unrelated and purebred individuals representing six breeds: Tibetan Mastiff from Tibet of China, n = 42; Kunming dog from Yunnan Province of China, n = 91; German Shepherd from German, n = 259; Belgian Malinois from Belgium, n = 85; Labrador Retriever from U.
London, Mar 16 (ANI): A red Tibetan mastiff has become the world's most expensive dog after it was sold for 10 million Chinese yuan, or 945,000 pounds.
The high price paid for the dog is a sign that the red Tibetan mastiff has become a status symbol in China, as the animal is thought not only to be holy, but also a blessing to their owners' health and security.
They are very smart and they think for themselves and can sense danger very acutely," James Pally, a Tibetan mastiff breeder from Pantymwyn near Mold in Flintshire, North Wales, said.