Bhutia

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Népal
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

Brief historical summary

The Bhutia is a Himalayan breed found in the eastern region of Nepal, in Ladakh. They are strong and powerful, and come in two varieties: the small long-haired and the large short-haired.

General appearance

They look like black Labradors, with a thicker, longer coat. Friendly with humans, he is never aggressive with his family unless provoked. Alert and quick in his reactions, he has excellent reflexes.

Behaviour / temperament

Gentle and sensitive with humans. Robust, it can withstand Indian heat by shedding in summer. Strong, fierce and courageous. Excellent guard dog for livestock, capable of overpowering a panther thanks to its agility and fearlessness.

Head

Facial region

Muzzle
Strongly pointed.
Eyes
Bright, dark eyes.
Ears
Medium-sized, medium-black ears.

Body

Body
Well muscled without being heavy.
Back
Long.

Tail

Feather-like, carried upwards.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Short.

Hindquarters

Generality
Short.

Coat

Characteristics
The Bhutia has a thick, rough black or tan coat.
Hair
It has a thick, smooth undercoat throughout the winter months.
Colour
Generally black or brown, or with white patches on ears, legs and body.

Size and weight

Height at withers
For the large size, males are 81 to 86 centimeters, while females are 73.5 to 81 centimeters.
For the small size, males are 20 to 25.5 centimeters, while females are 15 to 20 centimeters.
Weight
Large males weigh between 35 and 40 kg, while females weigh between 30 and 35 kg.
Smaller males weigh from 7 to 10 kg, while females weigh from 5 to 7 kg.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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