The Tibetan Mastiff originated from the Himalayan Mountain Regions of Tibet and are an ancient breed that dates back to 1100 B.C.
They are often referred to as Guardians. Guardians of livestock against predators such as snow lions, of villages and homes, of people (especially woman and children) and monasteries where they would guard from the outside against intruders.
The Tibetan Mastiff (TM) is considered to be one of the ancestors of the Newfoundland, Great Pyrenees, Dogue de Bordeaux and Great Dane, among others.
The Tibetan Mastiff was named such upon first importations from Tibet due to its' impressive size. However, really isn't a Mastiff at all. It is actually more of a rugged mountain dog. The Tibetan Mastiff is a courageous, powerful, heavy, well-built dog that is also agile in movement. They have an impressive, solemn, but kindly appearance. As part of the working group, the Tibetan Mastiff is a Livestock Guardian Breed that will be "on duty" 24/7. They are extremely agile with a powerful, but purposeful movement. The Tibetan Mastiff has a pronounced neck and shoulder that is thickly coated that looks like a mane.
Words that describe the Tibetan Mastiff:
Loyal, Patient, Protective, Independent, Powerful, Courageous.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a loyal companion, watch and guard dog. Although patient and gentle, they're also independent and prefer to think for themself. Protective and aloof and wary of strangers- this is a true guardian breed. They will want to know where their flock is (human or livestock) and will protect it from what they perceive may be a threat. The Tibetan Mastiff is not a cuddly teddy bear and fetch and retrieve games are not for him. Good with older, considerate children due to their size. If used as livestock guardian or in a house with other pets, it is best to get the Tibetan Mastiff used to them at a young age.
Height: males 66-76+ cm. (26" to 30"+); females 61-71+ cm. (24"-28"+).
Weight: Males' kg. + (100-160 + lbs.); females kg. +(75-120 + lbs.)
Potential health problems can include: Hypothyroidism, dysplasia, entropic/extropic, epilepsy, canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy.
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