Non-sporting Breeds

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 26 in (66cm) minimum Bitch: 24 in (61 cm) minimum
Weight: 180 lb (81.5kg) minimum
Coat: Medium length, thicker on males than females, with a heavy undercoat
Color: Rich black, black and tan, brown, various shades of gold, various shades of gray, or gray with gold markings

The Tibetan Mastiff is one of many breeds descended from the Molossus, a fighting dog of ancient Rome. It originated in central Asia, where it guarded flocks, and it can still be found in the central Asian steppes and around the Himalayan foothills performing the same task for nomadic shepherds. There is mention of the Tibetan Mastiff in the 13th-century chronicles of the explorer Marco Polo, who referred to native mastiffs "as large as asses." This was possibly an exaggeration, but it is certainly an imposing dog. This breed makes a fine companion, watchdog, and guard. It is aloof, protective, and slow to mature, reaching its best at 2-3 years in females and at least 4 years in males. The Tibetan Mastiff has a reliable temperament unless provoked, and needs regular vigorous exercise on hard ground and daily brushing.
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