The interesting thing about the Tibetan Mastiff is that no one knows where they originated from or why. Although it’s believed they were guardians by nature, there’s no confirmation of this. The origins of the Tibetan Mastiff are quite the mystery!
They’re very large dogs, usually standing at well over a hundred pounds. They have a medium-length double coat that can come in a wide variety of colors. You’ll have to keep up with the maintenance of this coat, brushing them frequently. This is important, as if the coat gets matted, it can be very painful for the dog and difficult to fix.
The Tibetan Mastiff – A Huge Dog
These dogs are very loyal to their family, but undoubtedly prefer the company of adults. It can take them a while to warm up to children and other dogs, so you should be patient and take things slow. In addition, they’re extremely wary of strangers. You can help this with plenty of early socialization, but you should expect that your Tibetan Mastiff will never be the most social pup. They aren’t aggressive, usually — their bark is worse than their bite, despite their daunting size!
They’re very intelligent and pick up on things quickly. However, they do have something of a stubborn and independent streak you’ll have to watch out for. It’s important to bear this in mind when training them. You’ll need to come equipped with patience and lots of high-value treats to build a bond with them and persuade them to listen. A lot of people recruit the help of a professional trainer when raising a Tibetan Mastiff, as it can be very helpful to have a professional on board — especially for a dog of this size.
When you do get to know and manage this dog you will quickly fall in love with this breed.