Believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, the Tibetan Mastiff was first record hundreds of years ago in Tibet. The breed is strong built and characterised by their long and thick double coat and curled over fluffy tail. The Mastiff was originally bred to help manage livestock. Although the working dog still exists in the breed today, they often make companions or show dogs.
Personality: Without early socialisation, the Tibetan Mastiff can become over-protective, stubborn and in some cases, aggressive. Extensive training and patience will help the Mastiff find their place within the family to avoid destructive behaviours in their adult life.
A great dog for: The Tibetan Mastiff’s high tendancies to bark and distrust of strangers make them a great guard dog. They are also very good with young children and full of energy.
Favourite activities: Walks during the morning or evening when they are most active, sleeping and barking.
Backyard requirements: The Tibetan Mastiff will grow into a large dog so it’s not a suitable apartment breed. These dogs need their outdoor space. However, if left outside during the night, the Mastiff will bark so an indoor bed is more appropriate.
Grooming: The Tibetan Mastiff’s thick double coat needs to be groomed a couple of times a week. They start shedding their undercoat and malt before summer so excessive grooming and combing is required to keep the coat tangle free.
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