|Tibetan Mastiff image from akc.org|
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 ~