Tibetan Mastiff: The Mighty Guardian of the Himalayas
Originating from Tibet, Tibetan Mastiffs are an ancient breed of dogs that were bred to guard livestock and monasteries in high altitudes. They have been known to exist for thousands of years with references as far back as 1100 BCE in Chinese text. These powerful dogs were believed to be reincarnated monks, guarding their surroundings by barking loudly at potential threats.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a large dog weighing between 80-180 pounds (36-81 kg) and stands about 26 inches (66 cm) tall at the shoulder. Their coat can come in various colors including black, brown, red or gold with different shades of gray also possible. Some may even have white markings on their chest or feet. They have thick double coats that provide insulation against cold temperatures found in higher elevations where they originated from.
Tibetan Mastiffs are fiercely loyal and protective animals which make them excellent guard dogs but require responsible ownership due to their strength and size. These dogs can be wary around strangers but once they bond with their families they will be completely devoted to them.
Like all breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff has some health problems specific to them such as hip dysplasia which is a common condition that affects large breeds causing arthritis over time if not detected early enough through regular vet visits.
The exercise requirements for this breed vary depending on age, size and energy levels so it’s important to keep your individual dog’s needs in mind when planning physical activity sessions.
Special Grooming Needs:
Their double-coat requires regular grooming which includes brushing several times per week along with occasional bathing every few months using pet-friendly shampoo & conditioner products specifically designed for long haired breeds like themselves.
They’re intelligent animals who need lots of positive reinforcement training in order to keep them stimulated mentally as well. It’s important to socialize your Tibetan Mastiff at a young age with both children and other pets, using positive reinforcement methods.
Tibetan Mastiffs get along well with other animals when properly introduced but may be wary of strangers due to their protective nature towards their families. Early training & socialization is key for optimal behavior management around children and other family members
Tibetan Mastiffs are known for being extremely stubborn so early obedience training is recommended from a young age if you want an obedient pet.
The breed has had recent appearances in movies such as “Everest” (2015) where they were used as sled dogs during winter expeditions in the Himalayas; it also made headlines when one sold for 1.9 million dollars becoming the most expensive dog ever sold!