The Tibetan Mastiff breed was developed when they were isolated in the Himalayan Mountains in Tibet. They were used to guard property. They were taught to be aggressive so they could protect families. They came out of isolation in the 1800's when Queen Victoria was given one. The British then began to breed them. It was documented that this breed came to America in the late 1970’s. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 2006 and grouped as Working.
- Country of Origin: Tibet
- Weight: 75 - 160
- Height: 24 - 30 inches
- Color: The Tibetan coat colors are Black, Black & Tan, Brown, Red Gold, Blue Gray and Brown & Tan
The Tibetan Mastiff breed is intelligent, loyal and protective. They are laid back and gentle but can also be stubborn and independent. They are a good family dog as they love children but can be over protective.
The average life span of a Mastiff is between 10 – 12 years. Some health issues to watch for in this breed are:
• Thyroid Problems
• Hip Dysplasia
• Elbow Dysplasia
They have a thick double coat - the under coat is dense and the outer coat is hard.
This breed should be brushed daily to remove dead hair. During shedding season being brushed twice a day is best.