The ancient Bisben Sheepdog
is related to other Himalayan breeds
and is sometimes mistakenly seen as a type of the Tibetan Mastiff
. One of the key distinguishing features of the Bisben dog is its lupoid
head, which is nothing like the common mastiff
head type associated with its regional cousins.
Its lean, muscular body is covered with a thick, harsh medium-length coat, making this breed suited for outside life. The most common coat colouring
is jet black with large white markings on the feet and chest, but wolf-grey and tricolour dogs can also be found in some villages. Average height is around 26 inches
Powerful and ferocious, this rare Himalayan molosser
is primarily used as a flock guardian
, but can also make a good watchdog
and large game hunter
. The Bisben can be very aggressive towards strange people and dogs, needing careful handling and training.
There are numerous theories about the origin of the Bisben breed, but the most popular is that it is a result of matings between the wolves