massive dog claims many descendents including the Newfoundland, the Great
Pyrenees, the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Great Dane among others. Originally
bred to protect livestock from wolves, leopards, and other predators, the
Tibetan Mastiff's fierceness and fearlessness is legendary.
Tibetan Mastiff males
stand at least 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 100 pounds when
full grown. Their coats are thick and weather-resistant. They may be black
and tan, solid black, slate grey, or golden. Due to his size, the
Mastiff should have a large fenced property to run and play in. As a
guardian, he will patrol his property and quickly sound the alarm when he
detects something amiss. Since he is naturally a nocturnal guardian,
leaving him outside at night may draw some complaints from the
Tibetan Mastiff evolved in an unforgiving climate. He had to adapt to the
harshest environment and perform his guard duties often without human
direction. As a result, he is an intelligent, independent, courageous, and aloof dog
capable of making his own decisions and acting on them.
animal who is naturally wary of strangers, the Tibetan Mastiff requires
early and careful socialization to new people and situations. This
temperament will not suit everyone. Boredom can result in destructive behaviour. He needs a strong,
confident, and patient owner willing to train and socialize a large,
strong dog with a stubborn streak!
may be an issue with this breed. He barks to warn others that he is 'on
the job' - particularly if left out at night.