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Himalayan Sheepdog Pictures

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A Himalayan Mastiff Guard Dog is standing on a cement walkway looking down with people behind it. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

"These are pictures of Himalayan dogs that I found during my jaunts. These dogs collectively might be called Himalayan Mastiff Guard Dogs or Indigenous Tibetan Mastiffs (these surely do have Tibetan Mastiff strain in them; some might be close to 100% indigenous TMs but far from the Western show ring versions). These specimens I have pictured are bred by nomadic people from different upper reaches (Ladakh and neighborhood) of the Himalayas for the same purpose of guarding their encampments and livestock."—Courtesy of Gurinder Partap Singh Basra— This dog's coat is considered too wavy for the typical Himalayan Sheepdog

A black Himalayan Mastiff Guard Dog is standing in sand next to a red brick pillar. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

"This is a dog which I found to be the most structurally sound and heavy boned Himalayan Mastiff type dog. (I would not hesitate to call this a true indigenous Tibetan Mastiff and I am of the opinion that this dog might outshine the best Tibetan Mastiffs that exist today in terms of producing excellent quality pups). This dog has been bred to various females and the offspring are nothing short of the dog Marco Polo described in his book. Some of the famous dogs of India trace their roots to this spectacular sire. He is 14 years old in this picture."

"This is one of the offspring of the above-mentioned dog. This black sire is as good as they get and has that infamous quintessential deep-throated nerve shattering roar of a Tibetan Mastiff. This dog stands above 33 inches at the withers and is a true Tibetan Mastiff type."—Courtesy of Gurinder Partap Singh Basra— This dog has cow hock legs which is not considered a good example of a Himalayan Sheepdog.

Other Names
  • Bhotia
  • Bhotiya
  • Bhote Kukkur
  • Gaddi
  • Gaddi Leopardhund
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Himalayan Guard Dog
  • Himalayan Mastiff Guard Dog
  • Himalayan Chamba Gaddi
  • HSD
A brown and tan Himalayan Chamba Gaddi Dog is standing inside of a pen on dirt and brush

"This particular dog in the picture is a fine specimen of a breed developed by Gaddi (Hindu) tribesmen of Chamba region, Himachal Pardesh, India." Photo courtesy of Gurinder Partap Singh Basra

A Himalayan Sheepdog is laying on a brick sidewalk and there is a boy sitting on its back

Tiger the Himalayan Chamba Gaddi Dog at 11 months old with a child sitting on his back— "This native Himalayan breed is a guardian by nature."