Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large and fluffy breed of dog which originates from Central Asia. Adult male dogs have been found weighing up to 280 pounds, but the average weight for a fully grown adult is 180 pounds.

Here is a puppy:


This ancient breed has been, and is still today, used as a herding or guard dog. There are said to be two types of Tibetan Mastiff – the monastery (Tsang-khyi) which is larger and heavier boned and the nomad (Do-khyi) which has less face wrinkles and is a bit smaller. Both types are born in the same litters, and distinctions seem to be more among what breeders desire from the dogs for temperament and work or show potential.




(cutest paw)




(Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images, CBS)

The dogs come in varying coat colors. The coat sheds once a year, but regular brushing is required for proper maintenance. These dogs have rather independent temperaments, that as always can vary across individual dogs. Highly intelligent and energetic, these dogs excel at herding and guarding but may not be easy to train. The protective instinct is natural to the breed and they will act protectively (maybe aggressively) over their family and their property. This dog is not the perfect choice for all families due to size, maintenance, and exercise requirements.

A Tibetan Mastiff has also earned the title of world’s most expensive dog when a red coated puppy sold in China for 10 million yuan, or over $1.5 million US dollars. In the US prices are bit more reasonable for puppies, but you can still expect to pay an average of around $800 – $1000 for a well bred puppy.

Here is the million dollar puppy, named Big Splash:


You can read more about Big Splash at the Daily Mail.

Stuff On My Pet?!?

Is your pet very accommodating and will allow you to place objects on them somewhere? It seems like a new internet fad to place objects on your pets and share the images. Of course, some of these ideas (and photos) have been circulating the internet for years.

Here are two examples:

1. Dogs who will tolerate items on their heads-



It is fairly easy to train a dog to keep a treat or item on their head, it is a good way to teach patience and focus even when food is involved.

2. A rabbit with some type of object on their head – often a pancake –



There was one rabbit which started this craze named Oolong.


Many copy-ca… uh, copy-bunnies have popped up to show off their own pancake balancing skillz across the reaches of the internet.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, there are sites which have a plethora of examples of these types of images all gathered together!

For more bunny balancing acts, check out the twitter Stuffonmyrabbit.

For more dog images, check out stuffonmymutt.com.

Stuffonmymutt has dogs sporting all kinds of items their owners managed to place on them including clothes.




If you have some free time or need something to make you smile, I suggest checking out either of the above sites!


Westminster Best in Show 2013

Tonight the Best of Group will be chosen for the Sporting, Working, and Terrier groups, as well as the Best in Show!


First: German Wirehaired Pointer

GCH Mt View’s Ripsnortersilvercharm


2nd: Black Cocker Spaniel – CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction


3rd: English Springer Spaniel – GCH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova


4th: Clumber Spaniel – GCH Clussexx Collaboration With Traddles




First: Portuguese Water Dog

GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse


2nd: Doberman Pinscher – GCH Protocol’s Vini Vidi Vici


3rd: Boxer – GCH Winfall I Dream Of Style


4th: Rottweiler – GCH Chancellor Flirt’s Hi Flyin’ Gladiator




First: Smooth Fox Terrier

GCH Slyfox Sneak’s  A Peek


2nd: Wire Fox Terrier – GCH Afterall Painting The Sky


3rd: Border Terrier – GCH Meadowlake Simply Sinful


4th: Russel Terrier – GCH Goldsand’s Columbus



Best in Show

Affenpinscher – Banana Joe

GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari


Reserve Best in Show – new classification as of this year!

Old English Sheepdog – Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect


All images from westminsterkennelclub.org

Westminster Day 1 Results

Here are the winners for Best of Group for the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups:


First: American Fox Hound

Ch. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box


2nd: Basset Hound – GCH Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe


3rd: PBGV – CGH Soletrader Maggie May


4th: Otterhound – GCH Aberdeens Under the Influence




First: Affenpinscher

GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari


2nd: Miniature Pinscher – GCH Marlex Classic Red Glare


3rd: Pomeranian – GCH CR Chase What Matters


4th: Pug – GCH Hill Country’s Tag I’m It




First: Bichons Frises

CGH Vogelflight’s Honor To Pillowtalk


2nd: Standard Poodle – GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore


3rd: French Bulldog – GCH Bandog Bayou’s The Warrior


4th: Tibetan Spaniel – GCH Kan Sing’s Tenzin




First: Old English Sheepdog

Bugaboo’s Perfect Picture


2nd: Puli – GCH Cordmaker Rumpus Bumpus


3rd: Beauceron – GCH Beowolf Rime Des Monts Du Lac


4th: Canaan Dog – GCH Pleasant Hill Magnum Of Samara



Watch tomorrow from 8 – 11 pm to see the winners for the last groups as well as Best in Show on USA network. You can also view the live stream online here for all day coverage.

All images from westminsterkennelclub.org.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show runs today and tomorrow (February 11 and 12). 187 different breeds of dog will compete to win the title Best in Show.


The judging of the groups and Best in Show will take place on tv, but this year a live stream is available online to watch all of the judging. The live stream is available at WKC Live.

Scheduled of events:

Monday: During the day Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding group breeds will be judged. Group competition will be televised live from 8 pm – 11 pm Eastern time on CNBC.

Tuesday: During the day Sporting, Working, and Terrier groups will be judged. Group competition along with Best in Show will be aired on USA network from 8 to 11 pm, with Best in Show taking place at around 10:30 pm.

Fun Facts:

1. Westminster is the second longest running sporting competition in the USA, second only to the Kentucky Derby.

2. The show predates the invention of the light bulb and automobile.

3. 25 men have been elected president since the show began, and 12 states have joined the Union.

4. Only once has the offspring of a Best in Show winner been able to also win Best in Show – the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn N’ Erin’s Shameless in 2000 whose sire (Ch. Salilyn’s Condor) won in 1993.

5. Two new breeds were recognized and allowed to compete at the show this year the Russel Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound. The decision to recognize a new breed is based on interest from the breed’s active parent club along with sufficient numbers and geographic distribution in this country.

Russel Terrier


The Russel is a working terrier, a pack hunter, which is known for its small size and unique chest which is compressible to allow for efficient hunting below ground. These dogs are intelligent, loyal, and athletic. The breed comes in three coat varieties – smooth, broken, and rough – which is usually white with spots. Visit the breeds official website at theartc.org.

Treeing Walker Coonhound


This Coonhound was bred to track and tree racoons, which it is ideally suited with endurance and drive. The breed is intelligent, social, and confident. The breed was developed from the Walker Foxhound mixed with other hounds, and retains the coloring of the Walker. Visit the breeds official website at the akc.org.

Do not forget to watch the show tonight and tomorrow night on TV, or take a look at the live stream at westminsterkennelclub.org.


television air information from washingtontimes.com.

Fun fact and images from westminsterkennelclub.org.

Dog Mistaken for Lion

It is not everyday that a dog can be mistaken for a lion, and frankly I am not sure how it happens at all, but I recently saw the headline “Norfolk 911 calls for ‘baby lion’ turn up a coiffed dog.”

A labradoodle named Charles was mistaken for a baby lion while running down the street by three people who called 911 to report the animal to police.

Here is the dog in question:


(Steven M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot)

His owner had the dog groomed to resemble the lion mascot of the Old Dominion University. He does look the part from a far I suppose, but not in size nor in overall structure and face once you actually get a good look at him. The incident made national news and Charles was featured on “Today” on CBS.

You can really see the lion like mane as Charles poses with Greg Brockheim the director of the Virginia Zoo:


(Photo from the Virginia Zoo)

You can read the whole news story at the PilotOnline.com.

Or watch the story here: