Owning a Tibetan Mastiff
There should be no doubt that wishing to own a Tibetan Mastiff is not something which will necessarily be translated into actually owning a Tibetan Mastiff. This breed is not for everyone but it is better for that to be established before a new puppy ends up in your home. With this in mind prospective new owners should expect to be thoroughly vetted by the breeder. We have always done it and expect that everyone else who produces a litter will also do something similar.
A Tibetan Mastiff is a powerful and strong willed dog. It has a mind of its own and what the dog intends to do does not always coincide with the wishes of its owner. Although it is not a giant breed dog, a typical Tibetan Mastiff is a very substantially built dog and as such will require a degree of strength in its handler.
A Tibetan Mastiff is not always an easily biddable dog. Although they will often surprise one with how willing to please they are, this should not be expected and usually will decide if it is their interest to comply with requests to carry out ones wishes.
A Tibetan Mastiff is a slow maturing dog. It does not require strenuous exercise, particularly when it is a puppy and young adult, but they do require room to exercise and a dog run is to be recommended. Larger securely fenced areas are fine but not every TM owner will have such an area on their property.
A Tibetan Mastiff could very well turn out to be one who likes to bark. This might be due to its historical role in Tibet but it is also possible that some like the sound of their own bark. The noise factor is something which cannot be ignored.
A Tibetan Mastiff has a chance of turning into a destruction unit. Nothing is safe from their jaws and many owners will testify about the extent of destruction to homes and possessions. Thankfully not all TMs are destructive and most seem to grow out of the habit.
A Tibetan Mastiff must be fed, in our opinion, on a low protein diet. Harm has been done to young puppies by the unthinking actions of a new owner who wants to feed their puppy only the very best food available.Higher protein diets fed whilst the dogs are still young do seem to affect the health of the dogs as they get older.
A Tibetan Mastiff has a lot of coat and although at one time it was safe to say that it shed that coat once a year in the spring, now the hair is lost over a much longer period. To deal with this, regular grooming is advisable and if this is done it should not be necessary to bathe a TM.
A Tibetan Mastiff will normally come into season just once a year, at least that used to be true, but as with moulting, things are changing and now it is not unusual for bitches to come into season twice a year. Many years ago if this happened the season was said to be a 'dry' one but recently litters have been born to bitches who came into season in the summer.
A Tibetan Mastiff can make a wonderful pet and companion and even if difficulties are encountered at first, the perseverance required to cope with them will be greatly rewarded.