Tibetan mastiff | Facts & Information

# Tibetan Mastiff | Facts & Information

Tibetan Mastiff | Discover Fascinating Facts and Information About Tibetan Mastiff

Temperament: protective, stubborn, intelligent, brave

Origin: Tibet (China)

Group: Working

Weight: males: 45-73 kg females: 34-54 kg

Height: males: 66-76 cm females: 61-71 cm

Colors: black, brown, cream, blue

Dressage: medium (firm, consistent)

Care: must be brushed often (daily)

Health: generally healthy

Chickens: 5 – 12 chickens

Average age: 15 – 18 years

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Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff










Other names: Do-Khyi, Tsang-khyi, Tibetan Mastiff dog


The Tibetan Mastiff has been a companion and utility dog for hundreds of years. Raised to be a pastor and keeper of herds of cows and sheep, as well as his family, the Tibetan Mastiff was originally created without regard to his conformation.

Born in Tibet, its exact origins are still a mystery, but some experts believe that this breed comes from the same basic background from which other mastiffs and other large utility dogs originate and has contributed to the development of many breeds of mastiffs today.

Revered by Tibetans for his protective qualities and loyalty, this Mastiff was not well known outside his native country. Before the beginning of the nineteenth century, few people were allowed to enter the territory of Tibet.

As soon as the borders were opened, the breed was exported in the middle of the XIX century to England, where it was reproduced and perfected. One of the Tibetan Mastiff specimens exported was given to Queen Victoria of England.

In the middle of the twentieth century, the Tibetan Mastiff also made its appearance in the United States. In 1974, the American Tibetan Mastiff Association was founded. Today, there are few pure specimens of Tibetan Mastiff left in Tibet.

The Tibetan Mastiff was recognized by the International Kennel Federation in 2004, and by the American Kennel Club only in 2006 as a member of the group of utility dogs.

Feeding Tibetan Mastiff

Although the tibetan mastiff is known as a hardy dog and without whims and he must comply with the general rules of nutrition for proper development, namely 3 meals in puppies and two in adults. Keep in mind that the tibetan mastiff has a slow development, which is why you should not make excess calcium and protein as in other dogs that develop rapidly.

It is recommended not to overdo it with food portions because it is one of the dogs that are easily prone to obesity. In any of the cases where you want to feed your pet with cooked or store food (dry food, canned food, etc.), it is good to check that it has all the vitamins, minerals and proteins needed by the dog.

The bowl of fresh water should never be missing. Water, besides being thirsty, helps digestion (let's not forget that over 80% of a dog's body is water).

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Appearance Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff gives the impression of nobility and commands respect. A robust, large dog, the Tibetan Mastiff has a massive head and a wide muzzle. Usually the upper lip covers the lower one. The nose is big and black. Its eyes are deep, and the ears are located in the upper portion of the head, pendulous, in the shape of the letter "V".

The body is long, not very tall, and the limbs are muscular and strong. The chest is deep. The Spurs of the hind limbs must be amputated, but those of the forelimbs are not required to be removed. The tail is medium in size, bushy and twisted on the back when the dog is alerted.

The coat of the Tibetan Mastiff is double, dense and consists of rough outer protective hair and deep, fine and velvety fluff. The coat is straight and thick, especially on the head and neck, giving the impression of a mane.

The coat color is mainly black with tan-reddish or golden spots, but it can also be brown, Sable (Sable color), cream, reddish or blue/gray. White, tan-red spots and various shades of gold are commonly found.

The adult Tibetan Mastiff can reach a height at the Withers of about 60-70 cm and a body weight of 64-78 kg. Some European owners claim that they own specimens that can reach a body weight of 100 kilograms.

Behavior Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is an excellent and courageous guard and protective dog.

He is intelligent and loyal, but can develop certain behavioral problems if he is not socialized and not properly trained. Natively, the Mastiff is an extremely protective and territorial dog.

Some individuals may be stubborn and more difficult to educate. They are stately dogs by their size and loyal to their families. At the same time, to some extent they are stubborn, but they want nothing more than to please their masters.

Patient and highly intelligent, Tibetan mastiffs were bred to take the initiative.

Tibetan Mastiff Training

The Tibetan Mastiff is a vigorous dog with a strong character that needs a firm and consistent but patient owner if it wants to be able to control it.

Obedience and obedience training should be started at an early age.

Some may be independent and stubborn, therefore you should be patient and persevering.

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Features Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff requires a lot of obedience training and consistent training throughout his life.

He must be taken out for daily walks, but he should not be overworked. Jogging puts too much strain on his joints because of his waist.

To keep its fur shiny, the Tibetan Mastiff requires brushing and grooming with a wet towel every day. Its thick double coat is replaced once a year over four weeks in spring and/or summer.

During this period, it should be brushed and combed for at least half an hour a day.

Diseases Tibetan Mastiff

As with other breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff is not exempt from certain medical sensitivities. Among them, with an increased frequency were reported the following:

Gastric torsion (dilation) is a sudden, life-threatening condition associated with filling the stomach with air and torsion.

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the coxofemoral joint, which results in the appearance of pain, lameness and subsequent arthritis.

Cataracts cause a loss of normal transparency of the lens. The condition can occur in one or both eyes and gradually lead to blindness.

Entropion is a condition of the eyelids that involves twisting inwards their free edge. Eyelashes at the level of the free edge of the eyelids irritate the surface of the eyeball, which can lead to much more serious problems.

Canine congenital demyelinating neuropathy is a neurological condition that affects puppies around 2 months of age. Symptoms appear around the age of 7-10 weeks and most of the time puppies die before they are 4 months old.

The Tibetan Mastiff is also prone to skin infections (pyoderma), epilepsy, hypothyroidism, allergies, atopic dermatitis, otitis and vaginal hyperplasia.

The average life expectancy of the Tibetan Mastiff is 10-12 years.

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