16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

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3:00 am 22 Jan, 2014

In the pyramid of guard dogs and those with a glorious history, Tibetan Mastiffs sit at the pivotal top. They have roamed with the likes of Genghis Khan and Atillia the Hun. They are as mysterious as the high mountains of the Himalayas, and as intriguing as the stories of Tibet. They understand humans well and are credited for being ferocious guard dogs with strong loyalty to the family.

So, here we’ve compiled a list of the 16 most interesting facts about Tibetan Mastiffs. Take a Look!

1. They Guard Like Their Life Depends On It

Look closely and you will fall for the kind teddy bear expression on the face. Don’t be fooled two TM‘s together can take down a lion.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

2. They Are Very Territorial Dogs and Mark It Nice and Clear

When it comes to strangers they can be very thick headed and will not budge, no matter what. Females are more ferocious then males.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

3. Key To Their Happy State Of Mind Is Helping Them Develop A Set Of Socialization Skills

Please do not get them home if you can’t spare time to train them in socialization.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

4. They Are Happier Indoors During The Day

This makes us think they are lazy and dumb. But they are actually saving energy for their night patrol. Patrolling in the night is their inherent trait.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

5. In Most Cases The Body Is Longer Than Taller

They are light footed and have a slow and deliberate trot. The eyes are those of an old man with all the wisdom of this world.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

6. They Have A Very Heavy Coat Around The Neck And Shoulders

They sometimes resembles like a lion sleeping, from far away. The under coat gets very heavy in winters and shrinks in summer. It is the perfect machine to handle all extremes of weather.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

7.They Have Always Been Solitary Animals

A new trend has been seen in the last century of keeping them as dogs of companion. They are very independent, strong headed and difficult to budge if they set their head on something.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

8. Overly Devoted To the Family and Great with Kids

But they need to let down their guard a little with other children visiting the family.


16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

9. Generally, No Other Dog Messes With Them

They tend to be less aggressive too towards the lesser dogs. They don’t trouble other pets at home. Don’t trouble them and they won’t trouble you back. Simple!

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

10. Children At Home Need To Be Taught To Be Respectful Of A TM

They cannot violate his “dog space “. You cannot put your hands into his bowl or invite him to eat from your plate. Stick to clear cut instructions. Don’t confuse him and the kids.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

11. Knack Of Killing Birds

The birds in your neighborhood might boycott you after you get a TM home, as they have a special affinity for chasing, catching and killing birds, no matter what kind.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

12. Don’t Ever Mistake Them to Be Little Intelligent

They understand it all and get your commands too. But, if they will comply with it immediately or not is a matter of their free will. They have been bred to take quick decisions on their own for centuries, they’re not going to give that up now.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

13. They Don’t Like To Be Out In the Night and Will Keep Barking and Wake Up The Neighbors

By being firm with them they learn to be tolerant and always willing to please the owner. Let them know whose the boss at home, or they might want to teach you a thing or so about authority.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

14. Exercise Them Regularly To Avoid Boredom

Nobody minds some fresh air. And no matter how much you train, you have to fence your property if you want him inside it. Or else he will leave at the first chance he gets to explore the world on his own.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

15. Brush Their Abundant Coat At Least Twice A Week and During Shedding Daily

They are great companions for people suffering from allergies. Introduce him to many people, take him to places, situations, and broaden his horizons. This in turn will turn him into a reliable and well adjusted dog.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

16. When You Bring Them Home, You Bring Love and Affection for Many Years

TDo-Khyi or Tsang Khyi or Ipoo as they are called in Tibet and other languages, are like bringing home your own guardian angel, to be protected and loved for many years to come.

16 Interesting Facts About Tibetan Mastiffs

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