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:
1. Tibetan Mastiffs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.