Mastiff breeding centre to start in Gasa
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