At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 120 - 170 lbs.

Height: 24" - 25"

Life Span: -

Tibetan Mastiff

Also know as: Do Khyi

Group: Working

Origin: Tibet

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Generally healthy, but may develop thyroid problems and hip dysplasia

Special Needs
Exercise: 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.

Grooming: 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.


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