"Mopland" is a land of "Mops" - the little fluffy, shaggy and cheerful creatures. Those "Mops" are Tibetan Terriers, The "Gu-Lu" family.
Tibetan Terriers are quite great, charming creatures. Tibetans call them "little people", and they treat them as the children, my friends call them jokingly "Mini-Briards", or simply "Mops" - because of their hairy look, the breeders in "West World" call them just TT. There is a fascinating history about them - according to the legend they become from "The Lost Valley of Tibet", from "The Roof of The World". They were deemed as the "Holy Dogs of Tibet", and as it was not allowed to sell alive creature who has its soul, not every man could get one, and only as a very special gift - a Good-luck Bringer". In fact, they bring a good-luck to anyone who loves them!
They are a very unusual dogs. They are the big dogs in their small shaggy bodies, with the brave hearts, who can completely change our lives!
It happens once upon a time with my own life thanks to Gulden, who gave the idea and the foundation of Gu-Lu Kennel. Tibetan Terriers are not the easy-dog types, but if only we know their personal charm, it's almost unpossible to imagine the life without them.
Enjoy the trip through the Mopland, and meet TT breed, Gulden, and his (and mine too) closest family: GU-LU TEAM
Official FCI breeds of dogs from Tibet:
- Tibetan Mastiff
- Tibetan Terrier
- Lhasa Apso
- Tibetan Spaniel
As early as in c/a 1900 year expeditions to North India and Tibet brought an informations about dogs in Tibet, and also brought some dogs to Europe. Mostly the dogs were single specimens.
Common distinguishing mark of Tibetan breeds known nowadays in West is their resemblance to little lions.
Lion-dogs had special meanings what was connected to the Tibetan mythology and Buddhist culture.
In the old reports from expeditions to North India and Tibet there is mentioned also about the Tibetan dog-breed (or rather types), especially hunting types, that are not known outside the Tibet.
The dogs of many different types whithout any specific purpose also were seen there.
Tibetan Mastiffs were described as a very wild creatures to make scare any stranger, but extremely mild to the Mastiffs owners/family.
Tibetan Terriers and Lhasa Apsos had common ancestors, but when the bigger ones were more utility dogs as herding helpers and watch-dogs, the smallest were the companions/pets.
The official FCI breeds of dogs from Tibet:
As early as c/a 1900 year the expeditions to North India and Tibet brought the informations about Tibetan breeds of dogs, and also they brought some dogs to the West. Mostly those were single specimens.
The common distingushing mark of Tibetan breeds known nowadays in West is the general resemblance of those dogs to the little lions.
The lion-dogs had the special meaning, and strong connections with the Tibetan mythology and Buddhist culture.
In old reports from expeditions there are mentioned too the types of Tibetan dogs not known outside the Tibet (especially the hunting types).
Also the dogs of many different types without any specific purpose were seen there.
Tibetan Mastiffs were described as a very wild, agressive creatures to make scare the strangers, but extremely mild for their owners/family.
Tibetan Terriers and Lhasa Apso had common ancestors, but when the bigger ones were more utility as a herding helpers, and alerting watchdogs, the smallest were just the pets/companions. They were bred in monasteries and they were very respected. There is an interesting and mysterious history about them.
The orginate of breeds Shih-Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel is not clear. Some sources says that those breeds became directly from Tibet, some others says that they moved to Tibet from China long time before the Dalai Lama gave them to the Chinese Emperor as a gift. In fact the Chinese Pekinese is very similar to Tibetan Spaniel.
So, who was the first?
Regardless of who was the first, the breeds of Tibetan dogs are interesting cultural heritage and their representatives are fascinating personalities! :)