This still primitive dog breed was developed centuries ago in Tibet.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Tibetan Mastiff.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a Tibetan dog breed which was originally found in the nomadic cultures of China, India, Nepal and Tibet. The local tribes in these places used to keep Tibetan Mastiff to protect their herd from wild animals.
Folklore includes tales of Phoenician traders bringing Mastiffs with them to ancient Britain. The Romans discovered them there and took them home with them to fight in the arena. The British used the dogs to guard their estates and castles, letting them loose at night to keep intruders away. Most breed historians agree that the British are responsible for creating the dog we have today.
The heavy-boned Mastiff gives an impression of grandeur and dignity. The breed standard doesn’t provide a maximum height, but gives a minimum height at the top of the shoulder of 30 inches for males and 27.5 inches for females. In fact, these massive dogs can range up to 36 inches tall. There is no weight given in the standard, and they can weigh anywhere from 160-230 pound for males and 120-170 pounds for females.
4) Best Guard Dog
The Tibetan Mastiff guards like their life depends on it. They are very loyal to their owner and the kids in the family. Although, one should be careful when guests are in the house because remember- he’s the best guard dog who is probably not that friendly around unknown faces and other pets.
Because his guarding tendencies are instinctual the Tibetan Mastiff needs a great deal of socialization. He needs to be introduced to many people, places and different situations right from early puppy-hood and well into the first two years of his life. Appropriate socialization leads to confident, well-adjusted and reliable dogs.
6) Largest Dog
Zorba, the Mastiff, once held the record for the world’s largest dog. He set the record in November 1989, when he was eight years old. He was 37 inches high at the shoulder, 8 feet 3 inches long from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, and he weighed 343 pounds.
7) Independent Dog
The Tibetan Mastiff exhibits an extremely independent, stubborn nature and a wondrous depth of intelligence and character. He does not tend to show any of the attributes of the more obedient/trainable breeds that can be taught to perform simple or complex routines. Leash training is a must. While other more domesticated, people-pleasing breeds may enjoy fetching games, the primitive Tibetan Mastiff focuses on his working abilities which include guarding, alerting through barking, patrolling and basic territorial/dominant behavior. This breed has been bred for thousands of years to do so and it is unwise to think that you will change that.
Despite their size, Mastiffs do fairly well with a sedentary lifestyle, but will be at their best physical condition with a moderate exercise regime. They are wonderful at simply being a member of the family, but also make good watchdogs and therapy dogs. If you train them and keep them in proper physical condition, they can also succeed at carting, tracking, conformation, obedience, and search and rescue.
9) Long Puberty
Although the Tibetan Mastiff is a large-to-giant breed, it has a relatively long lifespan. Ten to fourteen years is typical. The breed is very slow to mature. While it is usually agreed upon that females mature quicker than males, both genders can take up to 4-7 years to fully mature to their physical potential.
10) Suited for Cold
The Tibetan Mastiff does not typically do well in extremely hot and humid conditions. This does not mean that he cannot live in warmer climates but it does mean that he should be provided access to air-conditioned facilities during the summer.