The Tibetan mastiffs

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large dog, belongs to the Mastiff family. It is considered as an ancient breed which has existed for thousands of years in Central Asia. It is magnificent dog with massive frame and voice as powerful as that of lion.It has a double coat having thick, coarse topcoat and soft, woolly undercoat and is subject to climate. The coat varies in colour like solid black, black and tan, various shades of red and bluish-gray, often with white markings.Earlier, it was used by nomads of Tibet for guarding purposes and considered as a watchdog in Tibetian monasteries.It was brought to England and entered into the Kennel Club’s first stud book thus, the breed got introduced in the Western countries in 1847. During 1950s, the breed came into US and in 1974 the American Tibetian Mastiff Association was formed. The breed got full recognition in 2006 with the American Kennel club.

26 – 32 inches

70 – 150 pounds

10 – 12 years.

PERSONALITY

It is highly intelligent, independent thinker and protective breed. It has been guarding the people for many years. The breed needs consistent training for being gentle and quiet watchdog. It is devoted to its owners.

APPEARANCE

It is large sized dog. Height: Male – 26-32 inches & Female – 24-30 inches.Weight: Male – 90 to 150 pounds & Female – 70 to 120 pounds.It has a double coat having thick, coarse topcoat and soft, woolly undercoat and is subject to climate. The coat varies in colour like solid black, black and tan, various shades of red and bluish-gray, often with white markings. 

HEALTH

The life expectancy is 10 – 12 years. The breed is prone to some genetic diseases which include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and eye diseases. Therefore, the dogs should be tested before mating to prevent the passing of such diseases.

NUTRITION

The dog should be given high quality food and in proper amounts so that its health does not get affected. Feed the dog with measured meals. Feed the dog with proper nutritive food to prevent nutrient deficiencies.Tibetan Mastiffs eat much less than expected for their size, as adults may only require two to four cups of a quality food per day. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

TMs “blow” their undercoat once a year in a massive shedding in late spring or summer.  It needs to be brushed 1- 3 times a week in order to remove loose or dead hair. It should be bathed as and when required, usually once in a month. Dental hygiene must be maintained by brushing its teeth once in a week. Trim the nails as and when required.

Exercise

Tibetan Mastiffs need daily moderate exercise, but it does not need to be in the form of an organized activity. hey are more active in cooler weather. They tend to conserve energy until needed.They make good throw-rugs in winter, and air-conditioner vent covers in summer!