Species group: Working Group dogsThe basics:
Appearance / health:
The Tibetan Mastiff is a noble and impressive dog. It has a muscular and powerfully built body structure with a gentle, yet alert expression. The body is longer than it is tall. The head is large with deep sized eyes and medium sized ears that drop forward. It has a muscular neck and a straight topline. The chest is deep. The front legs are straight and sturdy, while the hind legs show a gentle angulation. The bushy tail is carried over the back, falling towards the loin.
Tibetan Mastiffs may need regular brushing, especially when they are shedding. However, this breed does not require trimming or stripping. Tibetan Mastiffs usually retain their longer outer hair until fall, when the undercoat begins to grow.
This breed requires a good amount of exercise, including the opportunity to run off the leash in a safe area.
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally quite a healthy breed. However, they may be susceptible to hip dysplasia (a crippling condition caused by a malformation of the hip joints), skin conditions, thyroid problems, and ear infections. Tibetan Mastiffs are also prone to canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy (CIDN), an incurable inherited condition specific to this breed. Symptoms appear around six to seven months of age and include weakening rear legs leading to paralysis, diminished reflexes, and inability to bark.
Behavior / temperament:
Tibetan Mastiffs take a long time to mature. Digging is a common behavior seen in the Tibetan Mastiff breed. This tendency combined with their high intelligence and curiosity can wreak havoc on most gardens. Without extensive early socialization and training, Tibetan Mastiffs can be extremely difficult to manage.
Unlike the easily trainable breeds, training the Tibetan Mastiff requires great patience, as these dogs were bred to be independent.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong tendency to bark in the night, which may cause serious inconvenience in an urban setting.
Amazing guard dog, great temperaments, affectionate, loyal companion, teddy bear dog, docile indoor pet
hip dysplasia, fence, free feed, small children, night barkers, inexperienced owners
muscular strong build, growth rate, deep intimidating bark, livestock, coarse top coat
Tibetan Mastiff- Bear
Bear is a Tibetan Mastiff. He was given to us by a family who moved out of town. They could not take the dog to their new apartment due to his size. Bear is huge. When he stands on the ground, his head comes up to my waist. He has a very thick, heavy coat which makes him look even bigger than his 170 lbs. He might weigh more than a lot of people, but he thinks he is a lap dog. If he likes you, he will want to be on the couch with you. If you sit in a chair, his head will be in your lap. If you don't pet him, he will whine and complain. If you ignore him for awhile, he will start to bark. Eventually, if if gets enough attention, he will lay down at your feet and go to sleep. If you get up, he will follow you around the house. If you go to bed, he wants half or more of the bed space next to you. Currently, he take turns sleeping with my children. If you don't allow him on the bed, he will sleep on the floor next to you.
Bear is normally quiet unless a stranger comes by. Then, he will bark and growl until you tell him the person is okay. If you tell him the stranger is okay, he'll want to be best friends with the new person.
Bear doesnt need to be leashed . He walks to heel on command. However, he will tolerate a leash somewhat. On a leash, its more of a he walks you situation.
Bear wants to eat everything in sight. Especially people food. He's been known to jump up and take food from counters and plates. Especially pizza. Usually if we get pizza, he has to have a couple of slices.
Overall, he is a great dog, I wouldn't suggest getting one if you live in an apartment though..
From designsbygeorge Mar 21 2014 10:15AM
She'a a tank-like Tibetan Mastiff
Ellie is one of two Tibetan Mastiffs I own. She displays a traditional Tibetan Mastiff temperament and is, thus, loving of her pack, but wary of strangers. One of the best guard dogs you could own. A Tibetan Mastiff will love you and protect you, your family, and your property better than almost any other breed out there.
The good: She's a funny girl when she's hungry. She always tells you when it's time to eat with many different noises all basically saying "feed me!!" She's a great guard dog and goes on duty every night. Both my neighbors have had their houses broken into, but not my house. Nobody wants to deal with Ellie, who is 150 lbs and absolutely fearless. During the day, she mostly sleeps. She's a very content dog since her job is to guard, which she gets to do all the time.
The bad: Even with puppy socialization, she is not friendly to strangers. Outside of her territory, she'll tolerate people and animals at a distance, but not in her space. On her territory, strangers are not tolerated. She has allergy problems and has to go into the vet once in a while, which is a chore. The vet cannot get close to her without two "pack" members controlling her head. She's extremely strong.
Overall, she's a great dog for me. I wanted a guard dog, and that's what she is. She's a loving pet and relatively easy to deal with on a day to day basis. She suits my needs and my energy level. If you're interested in a Tibetan, do some more research and really make sure this is a good dog for you. They are amazing creatures, but can be quite the handful. Be prepared for a very stubborn, protective, and large dog..
From khale002 Mar 11 2015 9:38PM
A little bit dangerous dogs
They are very intelligent and stubborn dogs, made to be a guardian. Very big ( 4 feet and 150 lbs), eat a lot and need a a lot of space (not for appartment or cage). Makes a lot of mess. They could be socialized but in my personal opinion I wouldn't left them alone with small children.
We have Sajan for a week now and we had to carry him to the vet because he got some kind of skin allergy.
In the other way they are beautiful dogs and a great guardian, but owners must understand canine psychology and be willing and able to assume the primary leadership position. Otherwise he will get very dangerous and unpredictable dog.
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