Tibetan Mastiff – Perfect Pet or Great Guard Dog
The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are known for their loyalty, strength, courage and intelligence. These qualities make them ideal guard dogs and even pets.
Some say they have been used since ancient times as guardians of Buddhist temples, monasteries and royal palaces. Today, they are still used as guards and companions.
There are many different types of Tibetan Mastiffs, but all of them share some common characteristics:
They are medium-sized dogs with short legs and long bodies. Their heads are large and heavy set. They usually stand at around 15 inches tall, although larger specimens may exist.
They weigh between 30 to 40 pounds (14 to 20 kg).
Their coats vary from light brown to black. Their ears are small and pointed. Most have white markings on their chests, backs and foreheads.
They tend to be short-haired, but some have thick hair that reaches down to the base of their tails. They do not shed much; however, they do need regular grooming and bathing because they get dirty easily.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a friendly dog and gets along well with children and other animals. They are very protective of their families and homes, making them good guard dogs. However, they are not vicious dogs.
They would rather scare away intruders than tear them apart.
The only problem with the breed is that it can be stubborn at times. Owners need to be strong-willed and authoritative in order to train these dogs correctly.
The Tibetan mastiff is a very rare dog, only found in the far reaches of China. It has been said that the dogs have been on the roof of the world for more than 2,000 years. Ownership of one of these dogs is an indication that someone is very wealthy and powerful.
They are still used as guard dogs in Tibet and Mongolia today. The price for one of these puppies is also very high. Most people are unable to buy them.
The price for a Tibetan mastiff can go up to $10,000 or more. This is expensive, even by designer dog standards. They are also very rare, making them even more valuable.
Owners of the dogs do not usually sell them, they are often passed on as family heirlooms. Show dogs are sometimes bought and sold. The rarity of these animals prevents people from breeding too many of them.
Some people like to call them lion dogs because of their appearance. They do have some similarities to lion. However, most people just call them mastiffs or Tibetan mastiffs.
These dogs are one of a kind and will certainly stand out in a crowd.
Sources & references used in this article:
Sequencing mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit of Tibetan Mastiff and phylogenetic analysis of Canidae. by YX Li, Y Qian, SX Cao – Acta Veterinaria et Zootechnica Sinica, 2014 – cabdirect.org
Guarding sheep: it’s a dog’s world. by J Bilodeaux – Rangelands Archives, 1993 – journals.uair.arizona.edu
Livestock Protection Dogs by O Dawydiak, D Sims – 2019 – books.google.com