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Three Kingly Dog Breeds from Iran-Part 1:Khorasani (Iranian Mastiff)

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A friend,Joce-Linn Canada,a full time Kangal Dog Breed lover and an animal lover,drew my attention to three Kings from Iran.Massive,athletic Dog breeds which we have never discussed here.

Well not quite so,we have written about the Sarabi or Sarabis Dog,written about the Taibadi or Taybadi a close cousin.But we had never written about the Khorasani (Iranian Mastiff) and the Qhdaryjany.

We will start this part 1 with the Khorasani (Iranian Mastiff).

This is not same as the Sarabi.

We will draw from a publication-Breed Encyclopedia.

Khorasani Dog (Aryan Mastiff)

The Khorasani Dog aka Aryan Mastiff, Mazzari Fighting Dog, Aryan Molossus

Culled from Breed Encyclopaedia:-

Khorasani (Iranian Mastiff)
Sarabi
Qhdaryjany

Khorasani Dog (Aryan Mastiff)

The Khorasani Dog aka Aryan Mastiff, Mazzari Fighting Dog, Aryan Molossus

The ancient Khorasani Fighting Dog (Aryan Mastiff, Aryan Molossus) has close ties with old Persian mastiffs, as well as other Central Asian dogs, but this is a distinct breed. An excellent watchdog and guardian, this remarkably powerful mastiff was most commonly employed as a fighting dog used to settle various disputes among villagers, who respect the outcome of the match as the final judgment. If there was a feud between tribes and settlements, each party brought their own dog to represent them in the fighting ring. This way, the issues was resolved without human casualties. The Mazari Fighting Dog is a very rare breed today, seen only in the mountain regions of Afghanistan and Iran.

An excellent watchdog and guardian, this remarkably powerful breed was often employed as a fighting dog, used to settle various disputes among villagers, who respect the outcome of the match as the final judgement. If there was a feud between tribes and settlements, each party brought their own dog to represent them in the fighting ring. This way, the issues got resolved without human casualties. The Aryan Mastiff/Aryan Molossus is a heavy and muscular dog, very aggressive towards dogs and strangers that get in its territory. Due to its nature, it is handled only by its owner and family and tends to be a one person breed.

Bred to resolve disputes among the tribes of the region, whenever a problem arose the men of the tribe would approach the breeders of these dogs. Then, when both sides had procured a dog, the two dogs were dropped into a pit to fight it out. The losing dog either died during the fight or was destroyed afterward. The dogs were said to be even tempered with their owners but as they never met anyone else, they were fierce to everyone else. A very sad part of the “breeds” history.

In some ways closer to the Iranian LGD’s and also to the native types of Caucasian LGDs than to the CAO breed, the Khorasani dog is an athletic and muscular Mastiff, extremely aggressive towards other dogs and intolerant of strangers. Due to its vicious nature, it is handled only by its owner, or maybe by a dog expert. Large-headed and well-boned, the Khurasani Dog has a strong and lean body, with long legs and a deep chest, somewhat wolf-like in appearance. The ears are usually cropped and the tail can be either docked or left unaltered, with naturally short-tailed dogs being most valued and considered the only pure ones by the breed fanciers.

While the breeds blood has made its way into the other types of what is considered the greater Central Asian Shepherd breed, namely the Kooche and Alabai variants, the breed itself is kept pure and isolated from other dogs and the bloodlines are maintained and guarded jealously by the few Mazarii families who tend to trade dogs between each other, rarely, if ever selling their dogs to outsiders.

It has a very dense, plush, medium-length coat, usually most common black with some diluted black stripes, we could call “black-brindle” in combination with a bigger white marking at its cheest and white “socks” at the feet. (The first combination is the most valued as it suggests purity) Other colours that can occur are grey-sable, reddish-brown, fawn, white or other brindle in colour. White markings are acceptable on the muzzle, feet and chest, as are darker patches on white dogs. The females, who come into heat only once a year, are much smaller than the male dogs, whose average height is around 30 inches, although some individuals can reach bigger sizes.

 

Picture of Khorasani Dog (Aryan Mastiff)-The Khorasani Dog aka Aryan Mastiff, Mazzari Fighting Dog, Aryan Molossus,Courtesy Joce-Linn.Permission not sought though.

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