The Tibetan Mastiff is the largest dog in the world. From a cute puppy grew into a strong, passionate, and protective one. It also resembles a lion or even a Tibetan bear.
According to a little bit of their history, these Tibetan Mastiffs were bred to herd livestock, keepers of monasteries, and even castles in the Himalayas. This breed is considered the ancestor of the modern mastiff breed.
However, selective breeding over the years has destroyed some of the original characteristics of this huge breed while introducing new colors and put on more weight. Furthermore, this breed is quick to pick up new talents but only obeys commands when it is in a good mood. Because of its physical characteristics and mannerisms, this breed of dog is not ideal for inexperienced owners.
The Tibetan Mastiff’s history is shrouded in obscurity due to the isolation of its country of origin and a lack of written breeding records. We do know that the Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed that has been around for thousands of years in Central Asia. The Tibetan Mastiff breed was originally introduced to the Western world in 1847, when a Tibetan Mastiff was transported to England and put into the first stud book of The Kennel Club.
More than a century later, in the 1950s, the breed arrived in the United States. The American Tibetan Mastiff Association, the breed’s national organization in the United States, was founded in 1974, and the breed was granted full recognition by the American Kennel Club in 2006.
The Tibetan Mastiff has a thick double coat composed of a soft and woolly undercoat and a lengthy, coarse topcoat. His fur is constantly straight, and he has a dense mane around his neck and shoulders. Colors for coats include black, brown, gold, and blue.
Tan markings can be found above the eyes, on the side of the muzzle, on the throat, forelegs, rear legs, or breeches, whereas white markings can be found on the chest and feet. Because of the thick fur, your Tibetan Mastiff will need to be brushed two to three times each week to remove loose and dead hair.
- Weight: 35 to 75 kg
- Coat length: Long, fine double outer coat
- Amount of shedding: Medium
- Color: Black, brown, blue/grey or gold
- Pattern: Solid and bicolor
The Tibetan Mastiff is a dependable guard dog who is attentive and protective without being violent. Your dog will keep an eye on strangers in the house, even if they aren’t a threat. You’d be hard pressed to find a more devoted and loyal dog to his family. These dogs don’t play fetch because they’re too preoccupied with you and the house. He’s an independent dog, so he likes his own space.
You should keep younger children away from the Tibetan Mastiff. This dog is aggressive and may push small children around. They also dislike being tugged or poked, which could result in a warning nip for children. Begin the process of socialization as soon as feasible. Other animals are tolerated by the Tibetan Mastiff as long as they are nurtured alongside them. Male Tibetan Mastiffs are dominant since they are a dominant breed.
- Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
- Active: Low
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Responsible breeders aim to uphold the highest breed quality set out by kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club (AKC). Hereditary disorders are less likely to occur in dogs bred to these requirements. However, the breed is prone to certain genetic health issues. The below are few things to keep in mind:
- Hip dysplasia is a disorder in which the hip socket of a dog develops abnormally, causing inflammation and joint complications.
- Hypothyroidism causes the bodily functions to slow down. Clinical signs of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, and haircoat and skin changes.
- Eye diseases which can either be dry eye, conjunctivitis, cataracts or glaucoma.
- Allergies and other skin problems : Allergies to pollen, threats, plants, insects, food, and medicine can cause skin problems.
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