Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff, also known as the "Tibetan Mastiff", is a dog breed of large size and majestic appearance. It is native to the mountains of Tibet and is noted for its courage, loyalty and guard dog abilities.

General details

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large and robust dog breed. In terms of weight, males usually weigh between 45 and 72 kg, while females weigh approximately 34 to 54 kg. In terms of height, males measure around 66 to 76 cm at the withers, and females measure around 61 to 71 cm. The average life expectancy of a Tibetan Mastiff is approximately 10 to 14 years. According to the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), it belongs to Group 2, which includes Pinscher type dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Tibetan Mastiff, also known as the Tibetan Mastiff, is an ancient breed of dog originating in the mountainous regions of Tibet. Its history dates back thousands of years and is closely linked to the culture and life in the high Himalayan mountains. The Tibetan Mastiff is believed to be descended from the ancient molossers that existed in Central Asia. These dogs were bred by nomadic Tibetan tribes to protect their homes and herds from attacks by wolves, leopards and other predators, and also as guardians of Buddhist monasteries, as they are believed to ward off evil spirits and provide companionship.

Breed characteristics

The body of the Tibetan Mastiff is muscular and robust, with a solid and strong structure. Its head is large and wide, and its eyes are medium-sized, almond-shaped and have a calm and serene expression. The ears are small, droopy and well covered with hair and its tail is usually curled. The coat is dense and abundant, with a double coat. The outer coat is coarse and can vary in length, being longer around the neck and shoulders, forming a distinctive mane. The undercoat is soft and woolly, providing additional insulation. The color of the coat can be varied, including shades of gold, gray, black, red, fawn and spotted. Some specimens may have a black mask around the face. Its imposing appearance and even temperament make it an excellent dog for home and property security. In addition, his loyal and affectionate nature makes him a devoted companion for his family.

Common health problems

The Tibetan Mastiff breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hypertrophic osteodystrophy, lymphocytic thyroiditis, osteochondritis dissecans, elbow and hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, persistent pupillary membrane and von Willebrand's disease.

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