Weight: 120 - 170 lbs.
Height: 24" - 25"
Life Span: 12 - 15 years
Health Problems: Generally healthy; but may develop thyroid problems and hip dysplasia
Also Known As: Do Khyi
Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog
Tibetan Mastiffs have a medium amount of energy. They enjoy exercise, but are content to be lazy for hours if they are getting some exercise time. They are not particularly fond of games with balls or toys.
The Tibetan Mastiff's short, thick double coat needs brushed once a week. It is very easy to maintain. There is a heavy shedding from spring into summer and more grooming will be needed at this time.
The Tibetan Mastiff is calm, thoughtful and dignified. This breed can be stubborn and dominant, so it needs consistent and firm training. Harsh words and treatment will not work well with this breed.
Compatibility with Kids
Incredibly kid friendly with it's "own" kids"
The history of this breed is vague. Its ancestors have existed in Tibet for centuries. These dogs were used for guarding villages and monasteries and livestock. Alexander the Great took these dogs with him on his travels.