Monday, December 15, 2014

Breed spotlight: Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff image from
The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed originating in Central Asia, often used as a guard dog.  The dogs were often confined during the day and let loose at night, keeping family and livestock safe.

This intelligent, strong, and independent breed has roots back to 1100 BC. These dogs are believed to have traveled with Gengis Khan and Attila the Hun.

Tibetan Mastiffs are very large and can weigh up to 150 pounds. They are intelligent and easy to train, but also independent and known for getting bored quickly.

The dogs are protective and devoted to their family. It is a good idea to socialize them from an early age and help them get used to visitors and strangers. The Tibetan Mastiff is generally tolerant and patient with the children of the household, and they do well with other dogs.

According to the AKC, some Tibetans believe that Tibetan Mastiffs have the souls of monks and nuns who weren't good enough to enter Shambhala (the heavenly realm) or be reincarnated as people.

Also according to the AKC, Tibetan Mastiffs are traditionally kept with Lhasa Apsos, who would alert the larger dog to strangers.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. Thanks for this wonderful post! I've been interested in this breed for the longest time and would want to get one from a breeder real soon. I've read that these are very protective breeds and very devoted to its family. My neighbor has a Tibetan Mastiff who always looked majestic and clever. I love the look of its coat and the even temperament. I've read so much of this breed and know they are ok with children, as well. For more of the Tibetan Mastiff, see this great link

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