Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dogs and can trace its roots back to the nomadic cultures of China, Tibet, India and Nepal. The breed hails from Tibet and its history can be traced back to the prehistoric Stone or Bronze Age. This amazing fact about its origin is evident from its DNA.
In earlier times, the breed was classified into two varieties, namely the Do-Khyi, that lived in villages and travelled with the nomads, and Tsang-Khyi, that served as guards for the Tibetan Buddhist monks. The first dog belonging to this particular breed was imported to England in 1847.
Tibetan Mastiff is stubborn and wants freedom in its living. It has the intrinsic ability to sense well and can easily detect danger. This dog breed wants to please its owners and thus makes a loyal family member. It stays reserved in front of strangers, but behaves well if trained at an early stage.
- Activity Level: 3/5 (hardworking, fearless and protective)
- Intelligence Level: 4/5 (quick learners)
- Curiosity: 2.5/5 (vigilant)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (friendly, but reserved towards strangers)
- Vocal: 3/5 (generally quiet, but bark loudly if needed)
This giant breed of dog is heavier in structure than other normal Mastiffs. This Tibetan dog has a sturdy build and has a mountainous type body with a wide head. Its double coat of thick and soft fur makes it more adorable. Unlike other dogs, instead of being wavy or silky, its hair is straight and hard. The male dog has white blotches on its chest. While one variety of Tibetian Mastiff, the ‘Lion-head’, has lion-like mane around their head, another variety that is longer and has shorter hair is called ‘Tiger-head’.
- Fur: Thick, long and coarse-surfaced top coat with a downy, soft and heavy undercoat. The coat is differently coloured in blue, gold, brown and black.
- Eyes: Tibetan Mastiffs have slightly slanting almond shaped eyes with brown shades.
- Body Structure: A full-grown Tibetan Mastiff has a strong body with a big head and stands up to a height of 26 inches. The females are comparatively lightly built and are around 24 inches in height.
- Facial Features: This dog has a narrow-shaped facial structure with a soft skin.
- Weight: Male Tibetan Mastiffs weigh between 100-160 pounds. The females weigh between 75 to 125 pounds.
With 10-14 years of life expectancy, this dog generally enjoys a sound health, but stands a risk of elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, missing teeth, Addison’s disease, cataract, epilepsy, allergies and many others. Elbow dysplasia can be detected by DNA testing and is curable with weight management, pain control medication, surgery, etc. To diagnose Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Panel Testing is the best option. If detected with Hypothyroidism, it can be treated with daily medication.
The adults needs sufficient space to exercise because of their high energy. However, since puppies are prone to bone damage, avoid taking them for long runs till they are a year old (free playing is good enough). It is not comfortable in humid and hot climate due to its heavy coat, so keep it indoors. Brushing its coat thrice a week and bathing it once a month should suffice.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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