To Henry Ambrose Oldfield 10 May 
Down Bromley Kent
I hope that you will forgive the liberty which I take in addressing you;1 but Mr Vaux has told me that I might use his name as an introduction.—2 When looking at the Assyrian drawings, Mr Vaux told me that you had remarked that the Dogs there represented, were like the Thibetan Dogs, with which you were familiar in Nepaul.—3 I am greatly interested in regard to all domesticated animals, & their ancient history, & shd feel very much obliged if you would inform me whether this resemblance is close.—
In drawings which I have seen, (but perhaps they were poor ones) of Thibetan Mastiffs, the ears were longer & the chops depended much lower than in the Assyrian, drawings, giving to the head more of the appearance of the Blood Hound.— As I am writing, would you be so good as to inform me whether there are other breeds of Dogs in Nepaul. If by any chance your attention shd have been turned to any of the domesticated animals or birds, I shd be most grateful for any information, more especially in regard to Poultry & the breeds of Fancy Pigeons, or Rabbits if such be kept, as I am paying especial attention to the Pigeons, & am endeavouring to make a collection from all parts of the world.—
Hoping that you will excuse this intrusion, I beg to remain | Dear Sir | Your faithful servant | Charles Darwin
Asks HAO about breeds of Tibetan dogs and other domesticated animals.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1872,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1872