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Tibetan Mastiff

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1352015: #1332014: #135
Name Tibetan Mastiff
Other names Dok-Khyi, Tsang-khyi
Origin China
Breed Group Working (AKC:2007)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years
Temperament AloofProtectiveStrong WilledStubbornCourageousLoyal
Height 25-28 inches (61-71 cm)
Weight 140-170 pounds (64-78 kg)
Colors BlackBlack & TanBlueBrownGrayRed
Litter Size 5-12 puppies
Puppy Price Average $2500 - $3500 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThe Tibetan Mastiff can live in an apartment life if it is very well exercised. These dogs are not very active indoors.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThe Tibetan Mastiff has an average need for exercise, but tends to grow destructive if cooped up indoors all day. For this reason, Tibetan Mastiff ownership is discouraged for small apartments. Tibetan Mastiffs enjoy going to the countryside, but are not interested in playing fetch or games with a ball. The Tibetan Mastiff should not be over exercised when young as it needs all its energy to grow strong bones and put on weight. Tibetan Mastiffs are not well suited to hot weather.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 2 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: The Tibetan Mastiff must be trained in an atmosphere of mutual respect, as it will ignore a handler who uses strong words and shows a willingness to strike. Obedience classes when young are highly recommended.
Watchdog Ability 3 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Buddy Lucy
03 Rocky Molly
04 Jack Lola
05 Teddy Emma
06 Bear Zoey
07 Bailey Coco
08 Lucky Nala
09 Buster Gracie
10 Dexter Abbie
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Overview

A powerful, heavy, but athletic dog, the Tibetan Mastiff is built to combine strength and agility. Its body is slightly longer than tall. Its walk is slow and deliberate, while its trot is powerful and light-footed. The whole appearance is impressive, with a solemn but kindly expression. The coat, which is noticeably heavier in males than in females, is thick and fairly long, especially around the neck and shoulders. The tail is densely coated and the hind legs well feathered on the upper parts. The hair is coarse, straight and hard, standing off from the body. It carries a heavy undercoat in cold weather, but little undercoat in warm weather. This combination of coat types allows the Tibetan Mastiff to endure the extremes of Tibetan weather.

As befitting their long past as a solitary sentry and protector, Tibetan Mastiffs are independent, strong willed, and territorial. They are aloof toward strangers but devoted to their family. Proper socialization is essential so that they will accept strangers and not become overly suspicious. They are gentle and patient with their children, but may guard their home against visiting children who may appear to be threatening the family children. They are generally good with other dogs and are rarely dog aggressive. (In Tibet, they were often kept with Lhasa Apsos.) Most Tibetan Mastiffs are good with other animals.

History
The Tibetan Mastiff, or Do-Khyi, is a large working dog from the Himalayas. Tracing the breed’s history back to antiquity, it acted as the guardian and companion of the Tibetan villagers and nomads, as well as being the traditional guardian of the Tibetan monasteries. Some accounts by travelers to the region, dating as far back as the late 1200s, describe a large dog that may have been a representative of one of the landraces used to establish the Tibetan Mastiff as a standardized breed. These accounts mention the natural strength and physical and mental impressiveness, which is evident in the Tibetan Mastiff today. Even its deep bark has been described as a unique and highly treasured feature of the breed. Many cynologists consider the Tibetan Mastiff the forefather of all large mountain and mastiff breeds. The Tibetan Mastiff was first recognized by the AKC in 2007. Some of the Tibetan Mastiff’s talents are livestock guardian and home guardian.