Tibetan Mastiff

Written by Susan Gardner. Posted in Dogs

Information

Name: Do-Khyi
Origin: China
Breed Group: Working dog breeds, Guardian dogs
Size: Large
Hypoallergenic: No
The Tibetan Mastiff is not only one of the largest dog breeds but it is also one of the most expensive dog breeds. In fact, such a dog was once sold for $1.5 million, the largest amount of money ever paid for a dog. Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture Origin This dog breed is originar from Central Asia. A long time ago, these dogs were used by the tribes that lived in those mountains. The dogs were used as a protection and they could scare large predators such as leopards. According to the most recent scientific studies, this dog breed was separated from its wolf ancestors 16.00 years before the appearance of the most common dog breeds. Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture Physical description Tibetan Mastiffs are giant dogs. Their bodies are longer than they are tall and they have a wrinkled but strong and sturdy head. Their muzzles are broad and almost square. They have V-shaped pendant ears and arched muscular necks. They have cat-like feet with feathering between their toes. They are about 25 - 28 inches tall and they weight about 140-170 pounds. Some dogs can even reach a 200 pounds weight. Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture Personality Since these dogs were used as guards for thousands of years, they are very loyal and protective towards their masters. They are also very intelligent and strong-willed. They are fearless dogs but their mood can vary from calm to tempered. They mature harder than other dogs but they are easily house trained. They can be very happy outdoors as well. However, when left outside during the night, they can be very laud as they tend to bark at the most insignificant sound. Nevertheless, when kept inside they are very quiet. Like all dogs, they view their family like a pack and their strong will can make them attempt to be pack leaders. However, if they are tough to be obedient from an early age, they will get used to being the lowest rank in their pack. Once they understand the hierarchical system of their family, they are very docile and eager to please their masters. They don't have a lot of stamina, so they can comfortably live indoors without being overexcited and destructive. Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture Health This dog breed has an average lifespan of 15 years or more. A female goes into heat once a year while the dogs go twice a year. Generally, a female can give birth to 5-12 puppies at once.┬áLike all dog breeds, Mastiffs are suscetible to certain health conditions such as canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Panosteitis, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy, Autoimmune Hypothyroidism. In order to avoid and prevent these health conditions, buy your puppy from a trusted dog breeder and take the dog for regular vet visits. The dog breeder from which you buy the pups, should not breed Mastiffs younger than two years old, because a lot of health problems can appear only at maturity. As such,…

Characteristics

EASE OF TRAINING
INTELLIGENCE
SHEDDING
KID FRIENDLINESS
ADAPTABILITY
ENERGY LEVEL
EXERCISE NEEDS
GUARDING ABILITIES
WATCHING ABILITIES

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The Tibetan Mastiff is not only one of the largest dog breeds but it is also one of the most expensive dog breeds. In fact, such a dog was once sold for $1.5 million, the largest amount of money ever paid for a dog.

Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture

Origin

This dog breed is originar from Central Asia. A long time ago, these dogs were used by the tribes that lived in those mountains. The dogs were used as a protection and they could scare large predators such as leopards. According to the most recent scientific studies, this dog breed was separated from its wolf ancestors 16.00 years before the appearance of the most common dog breeds.

Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture

Physical description

Tibetan Mastiffs are giant dogs. Their bodies are longer than they are tall and they have a wrinkled but strong and sturdy head. Their muzzles are broad and almost square. They have V-shaped pendant ears and arched muscular necks. They have cat-like feet with feathering between their toes. They are about 25 – 28 inches tall and they weight about 140-170 pounds. Some dogs can even reach a 200 pounds weight.

Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture

Personality

Since these dogs were used as guards for thousands of years, they are very loyal and protective towards their masters. They are also very intelligent and strong-willed. They are fearless dogs but their mood can vary from calm to tempered. They mature harder than other dogs but they are easily house trained. They can be very happy outdoors as well. However, when left outside during the night, they can be very laud as they tend to bark at the most insignificant sound. Nevertheless, when kept inside they are very quiet. Like all dogs, they view their family like a pack and their strong will can make them attempt to be pack leaders. However, if they are tough to be obedient from an early age, they will get used to being the lowest rank in their pack. Once they understand the hierarchical system of their family, they are very docile and eager to please their masters. They don’t have a lot of stamina, so they can comfortably live indoors without being overexcited and destructive.

Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture

Health

This dog breed has an average lifespan of 15 years or more. A female goes into heat once a year while the dogs go twice a year. Generally, a female can give birth to 5-12 puppies at once. Like all dog breeds, Mastiffs are suscetible to certain health conditions such as canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Panosteitis, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy, Autoimmune Hypothyroidism. In order to avoid and prevent these health conditions, buy your puppy from a trusted dog breeder and take the dog for regular vet visits. The dog breeder from which you buy the pups, should not breed Mastiffs younger than two years old, because a lot of health problems can appear only at maturity. As such, no medical clearances are given to Mastiffs that are younger than 2 years old.

Tibetan Mastiff Picture Tibetan Mastiff Picture

Care

The Tibetan mastiff is resistant to cold but rather sensitive to heat. While it is not a very active dog, the Mastiff does require regular walks in order to remain healthy. When walking the dog, make sure to keep him behind you or beside you, otherwise he will assume that it is the alpha male. When these dogs are puppy, their exercise routine must be mild, as their bones are very sensitive in the first two tears of their life. These dogs should be kept indoors, with the air conditioner running in the summer. However, they also need to have access to a big yard. About 20-30 minutes of exercise per day are enough for this dog breed. As far as feeding goes, these dogs kshould receiver about 4-6 cups of dog food per day, divided into 2 meals. However, certain dogs can eat slightly more or less, depending on their metabolism.

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Coat

As you can clearly see from the pictures, Tibetan Mastiffs have a big, double coat with a heavy undercoat. These dogs should not be trimmed, except from the feet and the hocks which should have a clean look. The color of their coat can vary from black to chocolate brown or slate gray. Gold and sable coats are less common but possible and so are white chest markings. The Mastiffs shed once a year for a whole month. During the shedding period, they should be brushed regularly. Otherwise, a weekly brushing is more than enough. Despite the fact that their big coat may seem like a nightmare to allergy sufferers, these dogs are in fact hypoallergenic and quite odorless.

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Friendliness

Tibetan mastiffs are territorial dogs. Once they understand what people and pets belong to their pack, they will protect them all. However, they can be aggressive with strangers. Given this fact and their big size, a strong fenced yard is a must. In order to suppress some of its territorial instincts, you must socialize the Mastiff from an early age. Introduce it to new environments, people and pets. Since these dog breed has stopped being a hunter a long time ago, it can be trusted with smaller non-canine pets, as long as they are trained properly and socialized from an early age. They are also very friendly with children but reserved and distrustful towards strangers.

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Ease of training

As we mentioned above, this dog breed is characterized by intelligence and strong will. This combination of traits makes them very challenging for inexperienced dog owners. Unless they benefit from a firm training, they can be very rebellious. However, once they accept the superiority of their masters, they are very eager to please and can be easily trained.

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