Tibetan Mastiffs are considered to be the basic stock from which nearly every large dog breeds in the world have been developed. Tibetan Mastiff is a massive, big, furry dog which can weigh equivalent to 25 Chihuahuas. This breed’s look is just not for show; they are very smart and possess the strength to protect their families and flocks from any outside threat. When they are used as guard dogs they would be entrusted with the care of even an entire small village. This dog breed is not only loved for their enormous size but also due to their loud bark. Tibetan Mastiff has a plumed tail that sits on its back and their long doubled layer coat is heavy on the neck and shoulder area gives them lion like appearance. Another trait of this breed is its strong muscular build which provides the breed necessary strength.
History & Origin:
In ancient times Tibetan mastiff primary job was to protect the family and cattle herd when their ancestors were use to live with nomads on high plateaus and valleys of the Himalayas. The existence of breed based on the written records dates back to around 1100’s in China. The ancestors of today's Tibetan Mastiff are believed to have accompany Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans armies and later, traveled with Attilla the Hun and Genghis Khan as far west as Europe. During the 1873, Kennel club of England officially designated Tibetan Mastiff for the first time. Tibetan Mastiff’s are one of the most loved breed in China, and owning one is considered as the status symbol.
Tibetan Mastiff dog breed comes in different type of colors like black, black & tan, blue grey, blue grey & tan, brown, brown & tan and red gold.
Tibetan Mastiff are very fast learners but as this breed is independent and stubborn so a nervous or new dog owner would not be able to train them.
Tibetan Mastiff dog breed does best in cold and dry climate, so if you live in warm and humid places do not adopt one. This breed has territorial instincts and would need a big yard with fence.
As far as the health is concerned Tibetan Mastiff is generally a healthy breed. However, due to their exceptional big size and weight the breed can suffer from hip dysplasia. They can also suffer from thyroid problems, skin infections and joints problems.
Tibetan Mastiff dog breed have a thick double layered hair coat, and they blow their inner coat once a year. Brushing their coat twice a week would save you from unwanted hairs all across your house.
Tibetan Mastiff has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
Is Tibetan Mastiff A Family Dog?
Tibetan Mastiff is known to be very loving and protective towards their families but is wary of strangers. This breed has a natural instinct to protect but they are patient with children, when children and puppy are taught to be understanding of each other. They also get along well with other pets in the house and guests when properly introduced.
What can you expect if you adopt a Tibetan Mastiff?
Daily Exercise Requirements: 20-30 minutes of play
Energy Level: Medium (As a puppy they are active)
Life Expectancy Range: 12-15 yrs
Drooling Tendency: High
Snoring Tendency: Moderate
Barking Tendency: High
Digging Tendency: High
Social/Attention Needs: High
Tibetan Mastiff loves lots of space and best suited for cold and dry weather.
They may have health problems like thyroid, hip dysplasia and skin infection.
They need high amount of grooming as they are heavy shedders.
They are trainable and their socialization needs to start at an earlier stage.
They are wonderful with family especially with kids and act as a protector.
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