Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tibetan Mastiff - a guardian breed of dog

Tibetan Mastiff  - a guardian breed of dog

Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed and type of domestic dog. The originated in Tibet, China, Nepal, Ladakh and Central Asia. Use as a guardian of herds, flocks, tents, villages, Monasteries and palaces. The Tibetan Mastiff is considered a primivie breed, typically retains the hardiness which would be required for it to survive in Tibet and the high altitude Himalayan region, including northern part of Nepal, India and Bhutan. The coat colours include variety of colours including black, black & tan, various sheds of red, bluish gray, white etc. The  Tibetan dog is the ancestor to all Molosssus breeds. The most common dog breeds genetically diverged from the wolf appro. 42000 years ago. The Tibetan Mastiff genetically diverged from the wolf approx. 58000 years ago. The Tibetan Mastiff is a massive, giant dog with sturdy bone structure. The double coat is immense and thick with a heavy mane around the neck and shoulder hair on the head. The Tibetan Mastiff are of two type, 1. Do-khyi and  2. Tsang-khyi. 

The Tsang –khyi means “ dog from Tsang” are monastery type , taller and heavier boned with more wrinkles around the face. The Do-khyi or nomed type is leaner with fewer wrinkles. The height ranges from 61 to 71 cm and weight 84-78 kgs. The life span of Tibetan Mastiff is 15 years or more.  The females have 5-12 puppies,typically female go into heat only once a year only. The Tibetan Mastiff was first recognized by the AKC in 2006. The Tibetan Mastiff is a primitive guardian breed. The powerful Tibetan Mastiff is a naturally protective and territorial dog. The Tibetan Mastiff is highly independent and intelligent breed. Tibetan Mastiff focuses on his working abilities which include guarding, alerting through barking, patrolling and basic territorial and domestic behavior. The Tibetan Mastiff requires an interactive relationship with his owner. The respect and patience are the essential keys to this breed. The Tibetan Mastiff is considered to be a challenging breed to care for and lifelong training requires dedicated work. 

The Tibetan Mastiff needs socialization. The Tibetan Mastiff rquires a fenced yard. Tibetan Mastiff can be destructive, an escape artist and a nuisance barker. The Tibetan Mastiff is sensitive to change. The Tibetan Mastiff is a slow maturing breed. The breed is very slow to mature. The Tibetan Mastiff is affected by the changing of the seasons. The Tibetan Mastiff loves a cold climate. The Tibetan Mastiff is generally tolerant of children and other pets. The Tibetan Mastiff can be same-sex aggressive. Tibetan Mastiff are full of energy when they are young, but as they get older they mellow out considerably. The Tibetan Mastiff are a challenge to train . Originally bred to protect livestock from wolves, leopards and other predators. The Tibetan Mastiff fierceness and fearlessness is legendary. Tibetan Mastiff distrusts and is reserved with strangers. Compared to many other breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff is a low energy dog. 

Tibetan Mastiff is known for being night time barker and has a booming voice. Like mos dogs Tibetan Mastiff do chew and dig. The Tibetan Mastiff have double coat all year, with little shedding until spring/summer. Whelping bitches may blow their coats twice a year. Shedding normally lasts about eight weeks. Tibetan Mastiff retain the longer guard hairs until fall when the undercoat again begins to grow. During shedding, a Tibetan Mastiff requires regular brushing. Tibetan Mastiff mature slowly, with females reaching fill maturity between three and four years, the males between four to five years of age. Tibetan Mastiff needs a large fenced yard, may be very vocal at night, requires socialization with other animals and people, and may act very stubbornly.

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