24-26” (61-66cm) 75-160 lb (34-72.5kg) Weather-resistant, double coat. Black, black and tan, or golden.
The Tibetan Mastiff is the consummate guardian – the protector of his family, home and livestock. These dogs are famous for their role as sentinels of Tibetan monasteries. During Marco Polo’s 13th century explorations, he recorded seeing “dogs as big as donkeys”. It is this sturdy, ancient breed that engendered the Newfoundland, the Great Pyrenees, the Dogue de Bordeaux and the Great Dane. In the late 1800s, Queen Victoria received a Tibetan Mastiff as a gift.The Dalai Lama presented a pair of them to U.S. President Eisenhower in the 1950s, and the breed finally got established in North America in the 1970s.
The Tibetan Mastiff displays affection only to his family since his role is to protect. He is intelligent and independent. The puppies are quite playful so this is the perfect time to socialize them. The breed is powerful, and while he does not require rigorous exercise, he does need “purpose” and room to romp. A fenced yard is a must — ideally in a rural setting, as he can be a nocturnal barker. He suits a confident, informed person or family who appreciates his time-honoured role as defender of those he loves.