Mas­tiff breed­ing cen­tre to start in Gasa

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Bhutan will now have a Cen­tre for Con­ser­va­tion and Breed­ing of Bhutanese Mas­tiff in Gasa to con­serve pure line Bhutanese mas­tiff through se­lec­tive breed­ing.

The Bhutanese mas­tiff, pop­u­larly known as Bjop-Khyi, is seen to lose its in­nate ge­netic char­ac­ter­is­tics.

To­day, Bjop-Khyi has been ob­served to be­come smaller and has even lost some of its fu­ri­ous na­ture.

Dr. N. Da­hal, the prin­ci­pal live­stock pro­duc­tion of­fi­cer of the Depart­ment of Live­stock, said that Bjop-Khyi’s re­sis­tance to dis­eases and nat­u­ral guard­ing in­stincts have di­min­ished. “Degra­da­tion of gene pool is due to im­proper breed­ing and breed­ing with non­de­scrip­tive stray dogs,” he said.

He also said that there is an ur­gent need to con­serve this mag­nif­i­cent breed’s qual­i­ties in or­der to pre­serve the cul­tural iden­tity of the no­mads.

The cen­tre will con­duct re­search and be the cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in Bhutanese mas­tiff dog breed­ing.

The cen­tre is ex­pected to sup­port pri­vate en­trepreneurs for mas­tiff breed­ing in the coun­try.

Sim­i­larly, it will also en­able the lo­cal peo­ple to buy pure breed at a rea­son­able price and con­trib­ute to rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The cen­tre will be en­gaged in phe­no­typic and geno­typic char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Bhutanese mas­tiff dog.

The se­lec­tive breed­ing for de­sired char­ac­ters will be done at var­i­ous lev­els namely farm, com­mu­nity and pri­vate breed­ers.

It also aims to dis­trib­ute of mas­tiff dogs to alpine herders and other ar­eas based on their de­mand.

Mas­tiff breed will be con­served through self sus­tain­ing mas­tiff breed­ing cen­ter. Like­wise, pure Bjop-Khyi will be made avail­able to the alpine herders and no­madic com­mu­ni­ties.

Pop­u­la­tion of pure Bhutanese mas­tiff gene pool is ex­pected to in­crease in the coun­try with the es­tab­lish­ment of this cen­ter.

Dr. N. Da­hal said that the ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment for mas­tiff breed­ing will be en­hanced and re­search on breed en­hance­ment will also be car­ried out. He added that there is a high de­mand for mas­tiff pups in the pet mar­ket.

Bjop-Khyi has been part of the Bhutanese no­mads’ cul­tural iden­tity for cen­turies. The breed is known for safe guard­ing prop­er­ties, an­i­mal herds, monas­ter­ies and vil­lage as a whole.

The pure mas­tiff is a mag­nif­i­cent and fierce dog breed with a grace­ful na­ture. Mas­tiff is a pride of the high­landers.

The cen­tre for Con­ser­va­tion and Breed­ing of Bhutanese Mas­tiff will be lo­cated in Gasa Dzongkhag be­cause of the suit­able cli­matic con­di­tion for the breed to sus­tain and suc­ceed.

The mag­nif­i­cent and fierce Bjop-Khyi

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