Tibetan Mastiff, also called Tibetan mastiff, or if you prefer Do-khyi and Dogue du Tibet, it is a Molosser dog breed but above all it is a "mountain dog" of obvious Tibetan origin, recognized by the FCI.
Tibetan Mastiff: origins
Thanks to its geographical isolation, the Tibetan Mastiff, has remained almost morphologically altered but at the same time its origin is shrouded in an aura of mystery. What we know today even miles and miles from his homeland is the direct descendant of the ancient Tibetan Molosser to whom we owe not only our Tibetan Mastiff but also all the other mastiffs, such as the Mastiff of the Pyrenees or the Neapolitan Mastiff. And the various Molossers and Molossers of today.
Over the years, they also leaf through historical documents that describe it, including Marco Polo in his Il Milione, it seems that this dog has shrunk a bit. At one time it was even described as “a dog the size of a donkey and with a voice as powerful as that of a Lion". Although less cumbersome, it remains a difficult breed to “place” and, despite its powerful and grandiose beauty, it remains not very widespread. Not only in Italy, but also in its own land where it is disappearing.
Tibetan Mastiff: character
Big and thick, safe and reliable: the Tibetan Mastiff he has all the credentials to be the keeper of our home, of our family… powerful and giant as he is, I would even entrust him with a farm, if I had one. As a disposition, it is a meek dog and not aggressive but adopts the family that adopts him and he feels totally responsible for his safety. To this sense of responsibility, in fact, we owe his being proud and independent. It is not detachment or vanity, and not even apathy. Not at all!
Of course I understand that not everyone can understand such behavior and above all manage it. Often the Tibetan Mastiff he is pointed out as not trainable: he is not a rebel, he has a certain “all his own” character and moreover stubborn, but for those who know how to appreciate him, he has his own charm. Before choosing a dog like this, however, let's analyze the degree of compatibility between us and him, between him and our close relatives.
Another feature to take into account when thinking about a Tibetan Mastiff it's his propensity to bark. He likes it very much, and especially at night. In ancient times their voice was compared to that of a heavy man ceremonial gong! So pay attention not only to compatibility with relatives but also with neighbors.
Tibetan Mastiff: appearance
Imposing size, because saying big is not enough to describe that of the Tibetan Mastiff. The average measurements at the withers for the male are about 66 cm, 61 per female which is no less, I would not call it tiny. Size isn't the only feature that makes it recognizable, it also has one thick mane who gives him a lion head in all respects. The tail is also voluminous, with a lot of hair and rolled up on the back.
The snout of the Tibetan Mastiff it's short and wide, like "Mastiff", but lighter than that of the "English Mastiff"And the" Neapolitan Mastiff ", with very dark eyes and a stern look. The musculature is very robust, more pronounced in the front, the physique in general is robust, the gait and movements are rustic and frugal.
Red Tibetan Mastiff
If the most popular color for the Tibetan Mastiff it is black and tan, there are many examples even absolute black, decorated with a white spot on the chest. Or red. This dye comes in various shades and there are many more specimens like this than in blue, which is a way to describe a certain pearly gray.
Beyond the color, the hair of the Tibetan Mastiff it is thicker in the male than in the female, of good length and very thick. It accompanies the undercoat, present in the cold season. To the touch, the coat is not the softest, it is never silky or bouclé, rather it is wavy, with the addition of woolly undercoat.
The hair is not homogeneous all over the body, it is much thicker on the tail, as mentioned, and also on the shoulders, with a mane effect. On the hind limbs, on the other hand, you can see abundant fringes that protect like legwarmers from the Tibetan and non-Tibetan weather. Thick bushy, but the coat of Tibetan Mastiff it does not require who knows what grooming: a minimum, a few brushes in the moulting season, on the other hand, thick and thick, allows this dog to live outdoors in any season.
Tibetan Mastiff: weight
The weight is between 64 and over 80 kg: let's not be scared, it is scaled to size and height. The Tibetan Mastiff he's not a fat dog but let's not make him become us. It would be a real shame for the eyes but above all it would suffer a lot. Then thesupply, from an early age, it is essential that it is balanced, varied and controlled: no cheats, no food from our tables.
We start at a young age to take care of weight, the most critical phase is up to 18 months, a period in which we do not want it too much protein and calcium which can lead to bone and cartilage thickening. This stops growth, does not favor it. Then we can normalize the power supply by including these elements but always taking into account that the Tibetan Mastiff has a very slow metabolism. In fact, he takes it calmly and grows up to 4-5 years, on the other hand it is very long-lived: it reaches an average of 15 years, a good record for such massive dogs.
Tibetan Mastiff: breeding
Who currently breeds the Tibetan Mastiff it is England, but it is a challenge to find it in exhibitions and fashion shows. Too bad, a dog like this on the catwalk would be a real show. Originally his job was to guard the camps and villages, rather than defend and walk the flock as his colleague did. Abruzzese Mastiff.
At the time he remained tied up for hours and hours, during the day, and then at night to be the master and guardian of the houses, in the villages where he was born, those of the tents of the Kampa nomads, for example. Today it no longer has this function and in farms, in the Western world, the Tibetan Mastiff it is proposed as an ideal guardian of the house.
Tibetan Mastiff: medium life
The Tibetan Mastiff, if well cared for, has an average lifespan of about 14-15 years. The diet must be balanced from its first months of life in such a way as to allow it to grow slowly but steadily. The Tibetan mastiff has no particular health problems.
Tibetan Mastiff: price
It is really a puppy of Tibetan Mastiff to have won the title of "most expensive dog in the world" and this should give us an idea of the figures that are going around. The precise episode that gave this record to a dog of this breed occurred in one fair in Zhejiang: a Chinese paid the equivalent of 1.4 million euros, for a Tibetan Mastiff one year. And will have to keep it for a dozen minimum minimum.
Behind these exaggerated prices there is first of all the marketing and the ability it has to transform a simple dog, even a little rustic, into one status symbol, in our case for the new rich Chinese. In Italy this fashion has not yet arrived, but never say never. However, the high price for the breed remains, in every part of the world. Ads online, I don't know with what kind of health and breed purity insurances - to check - do not show figures below 1,300 euros.
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