Basics of Dog Breed : Tibetan Mastiff

Posted on January 04 2019

Basics of Dog Breed : Tibetan Mastiff

From the first glance, we quickly understand that the Tibetan Mastiff is cut for the mountain rudeness and the guard. Dog with assertive character, even difficult, he rarely shows his affection even if he remains loyal to his family. Its imposing build and natural mistrust of strangers make it an excellent watchdog. Nevertheless, he is not the ideal dog for children, as his behavior is somewhat unpredictable. Serious and serious in appearance, powerful and endowed with a good bone, he asserts his strength and resistance in all situations.

Race history of Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff was traditionally used by nomadic shepherds of the Himalayas , but also as a guard dog in Tibetan monasteries. The first historical traces of the race date back to antiquity, since it was mentioned by Aristotle. Marco Polo also evokes the Tibetan Mastiff by describing his Asian journeys. One of the first representatives of the breed to arrive in Europe was a male offered to Queen Victoria in 1847. It was sent by the Viceroy of India,  Lord Hardinge . Three decades later,  Edward VII , then Prince of Wales, will bring two Mastiffs from Tibet to England. Meanwhile, the birth of one of the first recorded litters took place at the Berlin Zoo in 1878.

Physical characteristics of Tibetan Mastiff

Its hair  : he is long and straight. It is accompanied by an abundant and thick undercoat, rather provided in the cold season. The hair is never silky, curly, or wavy.
Its color  : its dress is black, with or without marks fire. It can also be blue or golden, with or without tawny markings too. The colors must be pure.
Its head  : broad and heavy, with a pronounced occipital protuberance. The skull is strong and slightly rounded, while the muzzle, thick and of good breadth, has the square end. The stop is well marked.
Its ears  : triangular in shape and of medium size, the ears are drooping, hang against the head and move forward when something concentrates the attention of the dog.
Its eyes are medium in size, well spaced and oval in shape. Their color, brown, must be as dark as possible.
Its body  : the overall appearance of the body gives off a sensation of strength. The back is straight and muscular, while the chest, of moderate breadth, is rather high. The rump is wide and relatively flat.
Its tail  : with abundant hair, the tail is tied high and curls on the back when the dog is in action, but does not form a tight loop. The length of the tail is average.

Tibetan Mastiff's behavior with others

If the Tibetan Mastiff has all the physical abilities of a watchdog particularly deterrent , it also has the behavioral traits. Protector, faithful to his family and having an exacerbated sense of territory, he will stand up against any outsider who will venture to approach it. He remains quite independent and his character is unpredictable, which does not make him the best dog for children. His impressive build is usually enough for him to be respected by potential aggressors.

Education of Tibetan Mastiff

Due to its large size and strong character , the Tibetan Mastiff must be educated firmly, but not excessively . Dominator and knowing how to profit from its size, it must benefit from a socialization of quality from a very young age in order to accustom it to the presence of congeners, other people and animals belonging to other species.

Living conditions of Tibetan Mastiff

Obviously, a small apartment nestled high in a building is not the ideal living environment for a dog the size of the Tibetan Mastiff. This breed is intended for people with a garden or living in the countryside . That said, he can adapt to urban life provided he walks it regularly.

Health of Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is renowned for its strength and robustness . Its physical constitution means that it does not have a particularly fragile health, but one must nevertheless pay attention to certain affections : epilepsy, demodecia (follicular scabies), ocular diseases. Dysplasia of the hip is also to be watched, but the Tibetan Mastiff is no more exposed than the other large dogs.

Maintenance and hygiene of Tibetan Mastiff

Its rich dress and generous hair make the Tibetan Mastiff  demanding regular maintenance . It is recommended to do a thorough and energetic brushing every week so that the coat stays clean and beautiful.
A weekly brushing, done in a complete way, on all the surface of the dress, makes it possible to ensure the hygiene of the dog  and to preserve the natural beauty of its hair.

Physical activity of Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff  needs daily or even bi-daily outings . This  lover of open spaces  is not a hyperactive, but he can not stand for long not being able to stretch his legs. The walk on the leash must be worked very early so that it does not start shooting too hard, which would make it almost impossible to control in adulthood.

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