Still widely considered to be a primitive breed, the history of the Tibetan Mastiff traces back several centuries. These dogs were originally bred to act as guardians not only for herds and flocks, but also for whole villages and monasteries. As a result they became known as “Do-Khyi” by the Tibetan locals, a phrase translating to “a dog that can be kept”. Despite their powerful presence, these dogs are in general rather affectionate, especially with their family. Centuries of human contact have provided this breed with a very particular understanding of human nature, however despite this they can become disobedient at times. As such, disciplined training from a young age is essential.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Rather large in stature, Tibetan Mastiffs are not suitable for apartment living, a large yard recommended for these dogs to truly flourish. Tibetan Mastiffs require anywhere in the region of 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day, failure to do so potentially leading to health issues as they grow older. These dogs, despite their affectionate nature, are unsuitable for families with small children, as they may interpret their screaming and crying as a sign of aggression. Their size, strong-will, and stubbornness should also lead first-time dog owners to reconsider this breed, as they can be a handful at times.
Common Health Issues
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD), Elbow Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy (CIDN), Autoimmune Hypothyroidism.