Interview with Crystal Cosgrove, Breeder of Adynasty Tibetan Mastiffs
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Crystal Cosgrove: We are located in Illinois. Dogs have been an integral part of my life since childhood, faithfully accompanying me throughout the years. Breeding Tibetan Mastiffs has been my lifelong passion, and for the past 22 years, I have devoted myself to perfecting this majestic breed.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Crystal Cosgrove: My kennel name is Adynasty Tibetan Mastiffs. Currently, I personally own and keep six Tibetan Mastiffs. However, I also co-own several others with trusted partners and fellow breeders.
Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Crystal Cosgrove: One of our most notable winners from the past is GCH Wright’s Drakyi Dragon At Adynasty, who was bred by Richard Eichhorn & Linda Wright, and expertly handled by the renowned Michael Brantley.
Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Crystal Cosgrove: Determining the most influential sires and dams in our breeding program is not an easy task, but there are a few that have made a significant impact. Without a doubt, “Buddha,” “Dragon,” and our current sire, “Outlaw,” have played a crucial role in shaping and continuing the success of our breeding program. As for the influential dams, “Bianca,” “Fiona,” and “Prada” have left their mark with their exceptional offspring.
Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Crystal Cosgrove: Sure. Our puppies are born and raised in the comfort and safety of our home. They are not only raised and nurtured by me, they are also raised alongside our human children. This ensures that from a young age, our puppies are exposed to a family environment and are socialized with people of all ages. We believe this early socialization helps this guardian breed to become well-rounded and adaptable dogs as they grow older.
What is my “process” for selecting Show Puppies? Performance Puppies?
Crystal Cosgrove: Our process for selecting show puppies involves a thorough evaluation at 8 weeks old. We strongly believe the shape that a puppy exhibits at eight weeks is the shape it will grow into as an adult, despite any temporary setbacks or changes that may occur during the growth process.
We prioritize health as our first consideration, ensuring that the puppy is in optimal condition. Next, we assess temperament and personality, as these aspects greatly contribute to success in the show ring, particularly for a guardian breed. Finally, we evaluate the conformational structure of the puppies. Without good health and a desirable temperament, the physical structure alone won’t be sufficient for show success. Therefore, our selection process is comprehensive and focuses on health, temperament, and conformation to ensure we choose puppies with the potential to excel in the show ring.
Our selection process for performance puppies involves assessing their trainability, athleticism, and drive. We evaluate each puppy’s energy levels, intelligence, and willingness to work and learn. These traits are essential for excelling in performance-based activities such as Obedience Trials or Agility competitions. We prioritize puppies that demonstrate the potential to thrive in these activities and have the necessary qualities to succeed. However, it’s important to note that Tibetan Mastiffs are typically known for their guarding abilities rather than their performance in traditional dog sports.
Do I compete in Performance Events? In Parent Club Tests & Trials?
Crystal Cosgrove: As previously mentioned, Tibetan Mastiffs are typically recognized for their exceptional guarding abilities rather than their performance in traditional dog sports. However, we have seen some success with a few of our puppies and their owners in these activities.
Is “performance” part of my decision-making when it comes to breeding?
Crystal Cosgrove: Absolutely! Evaluating their performance, specifically in terms of their suitability for the purpose they were originally bred for, is a crucial factor in my breeding decisions.
How would I define “conditioning” as it relates to my breed?
Crystal Cosgrove: Tibetan Mastiffs don’t require intensive workouts, but regular exercise is essential for maintaining their physical condition.
Are there any health-related concerns in my breed? Any special nutritional needs?
Crystal Cosgrove: It really depends on the pedigree, if I’m being honest. Generally, Tibetan Mastiffs are known to have fewer health issues compared to other large breeds, since they are not a man-made breed. However, as more individuals breed them without proper health testing, there is a possibility of encountering more health-related concerns. As for nutritional needs, like any other dog, a balanced and high-quality diet is essential for theiroverall well-being.
Do I think my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?
Crystal Cosgrove: Absolutely not. When I started in Tibetan Mastiffs, I was one of only a few, and today, I cannot even count them. The P.P. principles of breeding should always prioritize preservation and protection, not potential profit. While there are certainly a few dedicated preservation breeders who strive to uphold the integrity and Standards of the breed, I believe the number of such breeders is not sufficient to fully support the long-term nor short-term preservation of the breed. It is important for more breeders to prioritize preservation over potential profit to ensure the health, temperament, conformation, and overall well-being of the breed are maintained.
Is my breed well suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?
Crystal Cosgrove: Yes, Tibetan Mastiffs are well-suited to be family dogs. They have a natural instinct to protect their families and are wonderful companions for children. I can personally attest to this as I have raised six children with Tibetan Mastiffs. Their centuries-old instincts make them naturally protective, and when children are taught to care for and respect the dog, it creates a strong bond and a harmonious relationship.
Short Answer: The best candidates to own a Tibetan Mastiff are individuals who share similar qualities with them, including intelligence, loyalty, determination, confidence, and a loving and
Long Answer: The best candidates to own a Tibetan Mastiff are individuals who share similar qualities with them, including intelligence, loyalty, determination, confidence, and a loving and kind nature underneath it all. These dogs require owners who are committed and consistent, not only in their training methods but also in their day-to-day interactions.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong sense of self and will thrive when treated with respect and not solely as pets to fetch a ball. As a strong and independent breed, Tibetan Mastiffs require a firm and confident leader who can establish their role and maintain that position. While Tibetan Mastiffs are not overly eager to please, they will go out of their way to please a leader they respect. Earning their respect requires mutual respect and understanding. Therefore, potential owners should be willing to invest time and effort into establishing a harmonious relationship based on trust and respect.
What is the biggest misconception about my breed? What is my breed’s best-kept secret?
Crystal Cosgrove: The biggest misconception about the Tibetan Mastiff breed is that they are aggressive and dangerous. In reality, they are known for their calm and gentle nature when properly trained and socialized. Their best-kept secret is their incredible intelligence and problem-solving abilities. Additionally, they don’t shed daily; instead, they only shed once a year. They also don’t smell when they get wet and they hardly ever drool.
If I could share a comment or two with judges of my breed, what would I like to say to them?
Short Answer: I would express my sincere gratitude for their role in the sport. Without their expertise and dedication, our breed would not have the platform to be showcased and evaluated.
Long Answer: First, I would express my sincere gratitude for their role in the sport. Without their expertise and dedication, our breed would not have the platform to be showcased and evaluated. Second, for the newer judges, some of whom I have had the privilege of mentoring, I would emphasize the importance of taking the time to revisit the Breed Standard before judging. Whether it is done before entering the ring or during the judging process, it is crucial for judges to have a clear understanding of the breed’s characteristics and traits. These qualities serve as the backbone of preserving the breed’s integrity. While it is unrealistic to expect judges to remember every single detail, having a thorough understanding of the breed’s Standard will ensure a fair and accurate evaluation of each dog presented in the show ring.
Do I have any words of wisdom to pass along to newer breeders?
Short Answer: After countless years of honing your skills, you’ll finally reach the status of a seasoned expert. But in a surprising turn of events, you’ll encounter a dog that humbles you and shows you that your knowledge is far from complete.
- Educate yourself about your chosen breed’s history, characteristics, and health considerations. Learn from experienced breeders and attend seminars to build a strong foundation.
- Focus on quality over quantity when breeding. Select healthy, well-tempered dogs as breeding partners, prioritizing a few exceptional puppies rather than many mediocre ones.
- Follow ethical breeding practices that prioritize the well-being of your dogs and the breed. Test for genetic diseases, provide proper care and socialization, and be responsible for puppies throughout their lives.
- Connect with experienced breeders to gain guidance and support. Join breed clubs, attend shows, and contribute to the breeding community.
- Continuously learn and adapt by keeping up with the latest breed developments, attending seminars, and seeking feedback from experts.
- Be patient and resilient, understanding that breeding is a journey that requires dedication and the ability to handle setbacks. Learn from mistakes and strive for improvement.
- After countless years of honing your skills, you’ll finally reach the status of a seasoned expert. But in a surprising turn of events, you’ll encounter a dog that humbles you and teaches you that your knowledge is far from complete.
- Remember, breeding is a privilege and a responsibility. Approach it with dedication, integrity, and love for the breed to make a positive impact.
For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with a Working Dog?
Crystal Cosgrove: It is always amusing to observe when a large dog momentarily forgets its size and transforms into a graceful house cat, only to have a sudden realization that heights can be disconcerting. The plea for assistance coming from a majestic, independent guardian breed begging for help with carefully descending only amplifies the comedic nature of the situation.