The Bisben is said to have originated around the Himalayas in India. Since its close proximity to Tibet, it is often confused to be the Tibetan Mastiff. One of the unique characteristics of the Bisben is the lupoid shaped head. They are also called as the Himalayan Bisben, the Bisben Shepherd, the Bisben Himalayan Sheepdog, the Bisben Sheepdog and the Bisben of Himalaya.
These are very intelligent breed given the extreme cold condition they can withstand, and happen to be very protective of their masters and their belongings. Their exact origins have not been registered, nor are they known to anyone. Most people believe they are descendents of various sheepdogs and wolves during the 18th century in the Himalayan regions of India. But this theory has never been proven since there aren’t any written records of documents that refer these breeds existence in the past. The average height on these breeds is around 26 inches.
The Bisben Sheepdog has a growing popularity all across Asia, but they are still a rare breed that not many have heard of. They are very hard working dogs have been used for herding throughout their history. They are very protective of their home and their surrounding and are excellent guard dogs. They also protect the herd of livestock from all other predators and are. Apart from being excellent watch and guard dogs, they are good hunters too, very capable of hunting something as big as even a deer. They are found in plenty in and across India, but are still rare and unheard of in most parts of the world. This is also the reason that none of the Kennel Club’s around the globe recognises them.
The Bisben Sheepdog is known for their protective and fearless and aggressive nature. They are ready to go to any heights to protect their owner and the owner’s property, which at times might lead to sacrificing their own life. These dogs are very loyal to their masters and develop intense bonds over a period of time too. They are very fierce and over dominant as a breed, and like to be independent in making their decisions. This is the main reason why they are hard to train and tend to be uncontrollable and stubborn in social situations. They do make good pets because of their protective and loyal and loving nature, but do not react well to living indoor. They like open spaces and need their daily bit of exercise in the outdoors to keep their legs and the body toned and flexed.
Being strict on your commands and showing them that you are the one to be respected and trusted at all times at an early age is the only way to get them to listen to you. If this is not done, they just end up being stubborn adults. The Bisben Sheepdog needs an experienced and a patient trainer, who has a strict attitude towards obedience training. They will need repetitive training to get the job done right.