AKC PuppyFinder: Tibetan Mastiff Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Mellow and calm around the house; devoted to family, reserved and territorial with strangers
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Mature TMs enjoy exercise in all weather but are by no means hyperactive
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: minimum 26 inches (male), minimum 24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 90-150 pounds (male), 70-120 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Tibetan Mastiff has one purpose in life: to guard and protect. Originally bred in the Himalayas, they were usually kept confined during the day and let out to roam the property at night. Because of his extremely independent nature, the Tibetan Mastiff is not suited to organized activities like obedience training or dog sports. He may be so protective of family and property that it can be difficult to bring other people into the house. Even outdoors, it's best to have a contained, fenced exercise space. Tibetan Mastiff puppies will grow up to be powerful and highly intelligent dogs, who perform their guardian duties extremely well.

History & Job
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Origin: Tibet

Year Recognized: 2006

Breed History & Job Description: No one really knows for sure. The breed is so ancient, and Tibet has always been so isolated, that it’s impossible to say how or when TMs came to be. We know that for millennia they were the mighty guardians of the Himalayas, and it’s thought that they’re the progenitor of all modern mastiffs. Evidence suggests that early travelers to Tibet were sometimes given these giants as gifts, which were used to create the mastiff breeds of the Middle East and Europe.

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Tibetan Mastiffs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. There are some health issues found in the general canine population that are found in TMs as well. These problems include hip and elbow dysplasia, low thyroid and seizure disorder. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Tibetan Mastiffs are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Tibetan Mastiff Association
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.tibetanmastiff.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 135
  • Breed Referral Contact: Martha Feltenstein - 212-779-2715
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