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Tibetan Mastiff Breed Summary
Loyal, Protective, Calm and Gentle
The origins of this giant doggy remain a mystery to all, although what is known, is that they have existed in Tibet for many centuries and are most probably descendants of Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands and potentially other large dogs. However, it is thought that their appearance has barely changed since they first arrived, making them one of the oldest purebred doggies on the planet. In native Tibet, these doggies are referred to as 'Do-Kyi', which translates to 'Tied Dog'. This references the fact that they could often be seen tied to the entrances of many temples, tents and houses that they guarded. It's also thought that Alexander the Great owned several of them which he brought with him on his travels, supposedly the reason they started to appear in other countries. In the 19th century, explorers came across some of these doggies during expeditions through Tibet. A few were sent back to the UK and placed into zoos, one was even gifted to Queen Victoria, but there were never any records of breeding. In the 1930's, a breed standard was set and they became officially recognised in the UK. Nowadays they are a fairly rare breed within the UK and anyone wanting to share their home with one of these guys will need to register their interest with a breeder and be placed on a waiting list.
|Other Names||Dok-Khyi, TM, Mastiff|
These doggies need plenty of socialisation and training and must be handled by experienced owners, meaning they don't make the best choice for first time owners. Additionally, they are very loyal and protective over both their families and homes. They must be told their place in the pack to stop them trying to become alpha male as this could lead to a very difficult life! They are very quiet and calm so could well suit a family with children, so long as there is mutual respect. They form strong bonds with their families and will do all they can to protect them from threats, though it is rare that they ever act aggressively towards anyone or anything. They make lovely pets for the right family.