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Tibetan Mastiff Breeders

If you are an experienced dog owner with plenty of time and patience, the noble and loyal Tibetan Mastiff may be the ideal breed for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Characteristics of the Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the largest and oldest of all dog breeds and it can reach a weight of up to 170 pounds (77kg) and can stand up to 26 inches high at the shoulder. They are very well muscled and well boned.  The face is noble and the skin on the face hangs down, giving the impression of a long face.  The coat of the Tibetan Mastiff is medium length and thick, with a dense undercoat.  The coat colours include black, brow, gold and black/tan, grizzle, sable, and blue/tan.

The Tibetan Mastiff Temperament

The Tibetan Mastiff is known as being an intelligent, strong willed, loyal, reliable, and independent dog.  Because they can be stubborn and dominant, they need a strong, dominant owner.  Training should begin at a very young age as they can be difficult to train.  Training is necessary to help these dogs learn how to appropriately react to situations, as they can often interpret benign interactions as threatening.  They are excellent guard dogs.  The Tibetan Mastiff is also good with children, and very gentle with them, but they do need to be supervised with kids as they can become overprotective.  They also get along well with other pets.

Caring for a Tibetan Mastiff

You should groom your Tibetan Mastiff daily in order to remove dead hairs from the coat and to keep it tangle free and in top condition.  Daily brushing is especially important during shedding season.  Your Tibetan Mastiff will also need to be vigorously exercised every day, through a good walk or run.  You can expect your Tibetan Mastiff to live for ten to twelve years on average.

Who is the Tibetan Mastiff Suited To?

The Tibetan Mastiff is best suited to owners that have experience with dogs and that are willing to give the dog the training and discipline that they need.  The owner should also be willing to groom and exercise the dog as necessary.  The Tibetan Mastiff is not suited to small areas and thus is best for suburban homes or rural homes that have a backyard that they can run around in (securely fenced of course), and where they are also allowed indoors, as they like to be near their family as a house dog.  They are a companion dog and thus do not like to spend large amounts of time alone.

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