Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a gentle giant, a strong and powerful animal with a thick coat and a bushy tail. They appear slow and plodding when walking but are surprisingly fast and graceful when they want to be.

Other Names
Do-Khyi, TM
Country of Origin
Tibet
Colour
Black, tan, brown, gold or grey or a mix of those colours. They tend to have tan markings on the muzzle, above their eyes and on their legs and tail.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Height— minimum 66 cms at the withers, and bitches minimum 61cms. The weight of the Tibetan Mastiff is between 55 – 80 kgs.
Health
A generally healthy dog, the Tibetan Mastiff will do well if they eat and exercise appropriately. They can sometimes have thyroid deficiencies and hip dysplasia problems.
Life Span
11-14 years
Intelligence
The Tibetan Mastiff is an intelligent dog who will lead the pack if you let them! Firm and consistent training will ensure that you are the leader of their pack and your pup will respect you. Harsh words, lack of assertiveness and aggression will lead to a lack of respect from your Tibetan Mastiff and they will likely simply ignore you altogether. With socialisation and training they will be happy and get along well with other pets in the family.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Tibetan Mastiff is a big dog with a big appetite and they will need proper nutrition, especially as they grow to maintain their large frames. 

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
As a growing dog the Tibetan Mastiff will need to be monitored to ensure they don't over-exercise and damage their bones and joints. This is a pup that enjoys exercise and time outside but are happy to laze about if they've had a good walk. They're not particularly keen on play as exercise.
Ailments
A generally healthy dog, the Tibetan Mastiff will do well if they eat and exercise appropriately. They can sometimes have thyroid deficiencies and hip dysplasia problems.
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

With the exception of when they're moulting the Tibetan Mastiff is an easy dog to groom and maintain! The Summer moult tends to last from 6-8 weeks and over this time a good grooming will get the shedding hair out as the new coat comes through. When they're not moulting a brush through twice a week should be sufficient.

Grooming Frequency
Twice a week
Trimming
Occasional
We're not sure how the Tibetan Mastiff came to be, but we do know they have been around for centuries in Tibet and were even taken around the world with Alexander the Great. The breed standard has been around since the 1930s and it's believed the Prince of Wales had one of these noble beasts in the 1880s!


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