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Tibetan Mastiff Home country: China

Original Name: Do-Khyi
Tibetan Mastiff adult - coat 40
The Red Tibetan Mastiff is known to be an excellent guard dog and a great sheepdog.

We've found ancient texts written by Aristotle and Marco Polo praising this exceptional breed. The Red Tibetan Mastiff is also considered to be the ancestor to the guard dogs used by Roman soldiers. Today, this breed is the most expensive dog in the world!



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Tibetan Mastiff adult - coat 1340000501

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Tibetan Mastiff adult - coat 1340000117

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The Tibetan Mastiff is a huge mountain dog originating from Asian molossers. It is the ancestor of nearly all the European and American Mastiff dogs. They are also called Do-khyi, meaning "home guard". This dog breed appeared before 2000 BC, which makes it one of the oldest dog breeds.

The Tibetan Mastiff is uncommon in Europe and the United States. This situation is explained by its size (28 to 30 inches tall for a weight of just under 220 pounds) and its bad reputation of having a strong character and being aggressive. Yet, from the 19th century, it was no longer considered a mean, lion dog but a "normal" canine. It was in 1830 that the first Tibetan Mastiffs were imported into Europe, more precisely into England. Unfortunately, they didn''t survive as they were too accustomed to living at an altitude of 4000 meters. To acclimatize them to the Western climate, Tibetan Mastiffs who were living in intermediary latitudes were imported.
We had to wait for 1980 until the breed was recognized in Great Britain and registered with the British Kennel Club under the name of Tibetan Mastiff.

In Tibet, its country of origin, the Do-khyi was used to guard herds and watch over villages at night. You can recognize it by its unusual bark.

Don''t expect the Tibetan Mastiff to be at your beck and call. Of course, they will accept basic obedience but they won''t become robots. Needless to say, patience is necessary with this dog, which must be trained with a firm hand but without violence.

The Tibetan Mastiff of our day is not at all like the original dog. European dogs are smaller than their ancestors. The standard size is 26 inches at the withers for the male, 24 for the female. Their weight varies between 140 and 180 pounds. The dog''s head is large and massive. Its nose is large. The square muzzle with thick and droopy lips. The jaws are strong. The oval eyes are slightly slanted, far apart and brown in color. Its triangular ears are droopy, soft and covered with short hair. Its paws are round. Its legs are muscular and straight. The tail is high-set and curled to one side but it never goes past the hock joint. Its covered with abundant hairs.
Dog Zodd - Tibetan Mastiff Male (4 months)
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Dog Zodd - Tibetan Mastiff Male (5 months)
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Dog Zodd - Tibetan Mastiff Male (5 months)
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Dog Udaïpour - Tibetan Mastiff  (Has just been born)
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Dog Quincy - Tibetan Mastiff  (Has just been born)
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