The Tibetan Mastiffs are the planet’s largest dog breed. Unsurprisingly, great responsibility arrives with great size and this lot makes for impressive guard dogs. They are intensely protective of and yet very independent of their family.
They are very patient and devoted in spite of their guarding instinct, and enjoy a good cuddle. Despite their loyalty, when you call them, they are known for never coming to you!
Facts About Tibetan Mastiff Dogs
Here are some intriguing facts about this wonderful breed:
1. They Have a Mysterious History
Nobody really knows for sure. The breed is so old, and Tibet has always been so isolated, that it is difficult to tell when or how the TMs came into being. We know that they have been the mighty guardians of the Himalayas for centuries, and they are considered to be the progenitors of all modern mastiffs. Evidence suggests that these giants were often offered to early travelers to Tibet as gifts, which were used to establish the Middle East and Europe’s mastiff breeds.
2. They Are Slow Maturing Breeds
Tibetan mastiffs, like animals, are giant and slowly maturing breeds. They have a long life span of about 14 years and they take longer to mature, but the females mature a bit faster than males who take about 4-7 years to get physically mature.
3. They Don’t Shed a Lot
There’s a dense and fluffy coat on the Tibetan Mastiffs, but they don’t seem to shed all that much. In fact, per year, this breed is known for having only one extreme shedding cycle.
That means it should be a breeze to look after the Tibetan Mastiff’s coat. You’ll probably be able to get away with only brushing him once a week, but it would be best to keep his coat looking shiny a few times a week. You can note that the coat of your Tibetan mastiff gets a little tangled and knotty. So, if this seems to happen a lot, more regular brushing may be best.
4. They’re Very Fast and Agile
The Tibetan Mastiff is a very big breed, but they’re also very fast and agile. They are considered to be able to run up to 20 miles per hour, but possibly for short distances only.
This is because, in hot and humid weather, this dog tends to overheat. On shorter tracks, he may be a decent jogging or walking companion, but he’s certainly not cut out for very long jogs or walks.
5. They Bark a Lot
Sadly, when it comes to barking and howling, this breed is one of the worst offenders. The breed is known for having a very loud and strong bark that, the first time you hear it, will possibly catch you off guard. Your Tibetan mastiff can only really bark, for the most part, if he senses a danger that he wants to warn you of. They are often known to bark out of boredom, loneliness, or simply to get attention from you and your family.
6. They were Bread as a Guard Dog
The Tibetan Mastiff was bred solely as a guard dog in the early days of the race. In keeping livestock healthy and keeping predators away from their sheep, cows, and chickens, the breed was extremely successful. Yet, this dog was also known because of his friendly and jovial nature. The Tibetan Mastiff is still one of the best guard dogs today but has also won the title of an outstanding family dog too.
They’re also bred because they yield a lot of cash to breeders. It normally costs a few thousand dollars for a Tibetan Mastiff puppy.
7. They Hate Being Out at Night
They don’t like going out at the night and will have the neighbors barking and getting up. They learn to be tolerant by being firm with them and still eager to please the owner. Let them know who is the boss at home, or maybe they’d like to teach you something about authority.
8. They Are Good With Dogs and Cats
As long as they’re staying in the same house, this pooch can normally do fine around other dogs and cats. But certain Tibetan mastiffs are fighting to demonstrate their superiority over dogs of the same sex, so it would be better to select a dog of the opposite sex to preserve harmony.
As this breed has a very low prey drive and was only taught to protect property against predators, there’s very little chance of your Tibetan Mastiff harassing your beloved cat. Instead, if you know anything about cats, the pet will be the one who will annoy your pal.
9. They Have a Powerful Bite
This breed is not any more susceptible to bite than any other dog breed, considering its size and frightening look. They’re usually friendly, but they may be a little suspicious of new people and pets. This dog’s bite is very strong, though.
There have been several cases where Tibetan Mastiffs have attacked people and contributed to serious injuries such as hand bites, severe brain injuries, and even death. Well, they are smart enough to keep an eye on their property and protect it from threats and predators. However, they are also known for being emotionally intelligent and being able to learn about the emotions of their families.
10. Emotionally Intelligent and Can Read Feelings
Well, they are smart enough to keep an eye on their property and protect it from threats and predators. However, they are also known for being emotionally intelligent and being able to learn about the feelings of their families.
They will be able to feel it when you are angry, sad, happy, or some other emotion. Yet, at the same time, the TM is a pretty independent breed. When it comes to thinking about themselves and knowing exactly what to do in lots of circumstances, they seem to do well.
11. Patient and Reliable
These strong-willed dogs are self-reliant and take on all vital situations. Unless anyone is likely to provocation, Tibetan mastiffs are very relaxed and silent. A strong example of restraint is set by this animal.
12. They Have a Heavily Coated Neck
They have a very thick coat around their necks and shoulders. Often, from far away, they look like sleeping lions. In the winters, the undercoat gets very heavy whereas, in the summer, it shrinks. It is the ideal machine for handling all weather extremes.