The Tibetan Mastiff is considered one of the first dog breeds to exist. It was used to guard the herds and homes of the Tibetan people.
This breed is independent, protective, and very loyal, making it an excellent guard dog. This is an ancient dog breed. Presumably, the Tibetan Mastiff is the ancestor of all Molossian dogs.
A highly controversial study at the Agricultural University of Animal Reproductive Genetics and Molecular Evolution in Nanjing, China, found that while the most common dog breeds were genetically descended from the wolf about 42,000 years ago, the Tibetan Mastiff was genetically descended from the wolf about 58,000 years ago.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a huge, strong dog with a large body. The dog has a large, broad head with a square muzzle. The lips are large and hang down on the sides. Its eyes are of medium size, oblique and dark brown. The Mastiff’s ears are triangular and medium in size. Its tail is long, fluffy, and arched on the back. The fur is two-layered, with a fluffy, thick inner layer and an outer layer with straight, coarse hair. Their fur can be black, black with a brownish-gold, gray with or without brown areas around the eyes, under the legs, under the tail, and on the muzzle.
This is a calm, reserved, and slightly stubborn dog breed. Well-balanced, brave, and dignified, he loves children but can misinterpret some harmless actions. The Tibetan Mastiff is wary of strangers. If he has interacted with other dogs from a very early age, there will be no problems in this regard.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a strong-willed dog breed, however, this breed requires proper training. With proper training, he will be obedient, and agile, and will do what the owner says. The Tibetan Mastiff is very affectionate, loving, and loyal.
The training of this dog should be done by a trainer with extensive experience in dog training. He should be firm without being harsh, and without beating the dog. He should be calm and well-balanced in order for the dog to trust and respect his owner.
Without a dominant and strong trainer, this strong-willed breed can exhibit destructive behavior.
The Tibetan Mastiff needs regular brushing and should be brushed daily during the shedding season.
There is not much information about the most common diseases of the Tibetan Mastiff. It is generally quite healthy.