The Tibetan Mastiff is a very large breed of dog that was bred through the years, to be a guardian dog. Tribes in Tibet would use this breed of dog to protect their sheep from wolves, among other things. They are loyal and protective of their owner and property. The breed is one of the largest breeds of any, and can reach up to 160 pounds at full grown. They have long, thick hair that is typically shed in one large molt, at the end of the winter or early spring. Despite the long fur, this breed does not typically harbor the big dog odor that many get. If you are looking for a large breed of dog and think it will do fine in a small dwelling or apartment, this is not the large breed to subject to small areas. They are so large, they require ample room to move about and run. Apartment living or small homes are not ideal for the Tibetan Mastiff. If you are considering adding a Tibetan Mastiff to your family, here are five things you need to know about the Tibetan Mastiff’s temperament.
1. Needs to be socialized
This breed is a bit of a handful when it comes to certain situations and can be temperamental. It’s always a good idea to socialize any new puppy and acclimate them to all kinds of situations, however, do to the size and nature of this breed, it is even more important in order to help your puppy grow into a confident and well-adjusted adult dog. Socializing means to introduce him to different situations he may at one point encounter. Different environments help to prevent your Mastiff from feeling overwhelmed or nervous in new or different situations and places. The more time you spend socializing your Tibetan Mastiff, the more relaxed and calm he will be when put into new situations, rather than nervous or apprehensive, which can lead to unwanted behavior.
2. They are roamers
This breed is known to roam. If they are let to have reign over the yard or acreage, they will take full advantage of the freedom and take off. They also have a protective nature in their genes, so the combination of the two characteristics can mean problems for the owner. The last thing you want to hear is that your dog has been hit by a car, or has injured someone due to a bite. It’s best to keep your Tibetan Mastiff constrained to the yard and not allowed to wander, not even on wide-open acreage where there is nothing to prevent him from going beyond his boundaries.
3. Big nocturnal protectors
The Tibetan Mastiff was bred to be a protector of its owners, and live stock. One way they protect is with their bark, alerting the owners of an intruder. This same instinct is found in the domesticated breed kept strictly as pets. Their instinct is to guard at night, which means they prefer to sleep during the day, and stay awake at night to guard and bark at noises. For this reason, Tibetan Mastiffs are not always the best dogs in all neighborhoods. Leaving your Mastiff in the yard all night will probably annoy neighbors, so it’s best to bring him in for the night to help curtail nighttime barking.
This is a stubborn breed of dog which makes training a challenge. It is critical that training begins right away in order to start to set the expectations straight with your new dog because bad habits can be hard to break. Their strong will can be hard for many people to deal with due to their size. It is also important that the owner establishes their leadership to their dog, from the get-go. Lack of consistency can result in dangerous behaviors by the Tibetan Mastiff. This is not a breed of dog that is recommended for someone who is a novice at dog ownership.
5. Patient with own family
The Tibetan Mastiff may be aloof with strangers and protective of intruders, but typically the breed is patient and calm with its owners and children of the family. Even still, the breed needs to be taught how to interact with all people, including family and especially children. And children should be taught how to act around the dog. They can quickly overpower even a strong grown-up, so children can be seriously injured by a dog of this size.