Get to know the Tibetan Mastiff
All you need to know about the breed
The American Kennel Club calls the Tibetan Mastiff “the ancient grandfather of all Mastiffs,” such is the legacy of this storied dog. They’ve existed for centuries, firmly instilling their instinctual confidence. The Tibetan Mastiff has great reverence for their owners, and will thrive on the same in return.
A very intelligent breed, they take direction but may not heed commands terribly well given their independence. And don’t think there’s aggression underneath that plush covering: the Tibetan Mastiff is a softie, patient and affectionate toward those they know. If newcomers are introduced by trusted humans, the Tibetan Mastiff may be aloof but will warm up soon enough.
Known as loyal, the breed puts family first. They do well with children once trained - even better if raised with them - but may find their frolicking threatening rather than fun. Centuries as a guard dog have made this majestic breed wary of behaviour that seems out of place, at least when it comes to canine standards.
The yard is one of the Tibetan Mastiff’s favourite places, but install a very high fence there. The breed has been known to climb higher than owners might think. Despite their bulk, this is an athletic dog, able to run fast, after would-be intruders and a ball with equal measure.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Tibetan Mastiff
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