Tibetan Mastiff Overview
It is thought that the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most ancient breeds and ancestor to many of the mastiff breeds available today. This dog breed was raised as a fierce protector of homes and entire villages. Tibet was isolated for many years, making them a relatively isolated breed compared to many other popular dog breeds. The breed has recently made a comeback in the west and in Tibet as a guardian of livestock and owners against predators.
Tibetan Mastiff Characteristics
The Tibetan Mastiff is the first breed thought of when comparing to ancient lions. They feature a fierce, woolly coat and mane, giving them a bear or lion-like appearance. Their massive bodies and bulk combined makes them look even more fierce and protective, keeping all but the bravest of predators and would-be intruders away.
Tibetan Mastiff Temperament
This dog breed is bred to work, and takes his job of protector seriously. With his owners and family, however, he can be sweet and loving and does well around children. If something is deemed intruding or harmful to his family, however, he will protect it to his fullest ability. They are independent, brave and fierce, if he is to be around other people or animals outside his family, he needs lots of socialization.
Tibetan Mastiff Care
They live on average 13 to 16 years, far above average of other dogs of his size and bulk. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, skin issues, and thyroid problems. They experience fairly few health concerns compared to other breeds of their size and weight, however good veterinary care is still important.
Tibetan Mastiff Coat
The large, thick coat of this dog breed requires intensive and regular care to keep it in shape. Regular brushing and combing will keep it under control, however, during the shedding season daily brushing and care should be given to prevent hair from accumulating in the environment. Care should also be taken to keep the skin clean and healthy.
Tibetan Mastiff Training
Smart and loyal, the Tibetan Mastiff does best under the direction of his owner. However, he is a very powerful breed and requires someone with lots of patience and experience, especially with guardian breeds, otherwise, he can quickly overpower the family. Socialization is also critical if he is to be more than a guard dog or around other people and animals.
Tibetan Mastiff Activity
Outdoor activity is great for the Tibetan Mastiff, and he does well with any exercise tasks. He does need space to roam, and if not given enough will find ways to escape the confines of his yard. However, indoors, the breed quickly settles down as a calm and quiet pet.