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Tibetan Mastiff

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Tibetan Mastiff
origin:Tibet
date origin:1847
life expectancy:10-12
classification:Mastiff
height:24 to 30 cm
weight:75 to 160 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed that was used to guard livestock and property in Tibetan villages, although the breed may have originally come from China! Although this breed is believed to be the progenitor of all Mastiffs, it was not exported during modern times until 1847 when Queen Victoria received a Tibetan Mastiff as a gift. The first Tibetan Mastiff came to the U.S. as a gift to President Eisenhower.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

This is a heavy, powerful dog that is longer than it is tall. The broad head is heavily wrinkled with a square muzzle and broad nose. The lips are moderately pendulous and the eyes are brown and slanted. The ears are drop. The long tail curls over the back. The double coat has a dense undercoat and a hard, straight outer coat. The neck, chest, tail and hind legs are feathered. The coat may be black, black and tan, brown, gold, gray and blue, or gray, blue, and tan with tan markings above the eyes, lower legs, under the tail, on the muzzle, and around the eyes. There may be white markings on the chest and feet.

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Temperament [ edit ]

The Tibetan Mastiff is a reserved and independent-minded dog that is dominant and often stubborn, with what some call catlike behavior. It is very protective and makes a good guard dog. It should be supervised with children and other animals as it can be overprotective and may misinterpret benign interactions.

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08.10
skunk said:
You show that the Tibetan Mastiff's feeding is demanding, but that is not so. They eat very little for a dog their size. Sometimes they will not eat for up to 5 days at a time, and this is considered 'normal' for the breed. One quart of kibble a day, plus a few treats, is plenty; often they won't eat that much. The only thing TMs 'demand' is attention. When they want their human's attention, they will find a way to get it.
08.10
skunk said:
You show that training a Tibetan Mastiff is difficult, but I have found that when you start with a pup and train it with love, respect, and patience, you will be find the TM to be quite easy to train. They are of above average dog intelligence, and learn quickly. They are considered 'stubborn' because they tend to think things through before responding.