An extremely independent, intelligent breed, the Tibetan Mastiff is a large dog with a massive, wedge-shaped head originally bred to guard families and property. He is courageous, loyal and patient. The breed can be strong-willed, so leashes or fences should be used during exercise. The Tibetan Mastiff sheds his heavy, double coat once a year and requires frequent brushing at that time.
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This territorial guard dog originated in China as early as 1100 B.C. After living in isolation in the Himalayan Mountains, the breed developed into the Tibetan Mastiff we know today. In Tibet, the breed is known as “do khyi,” meaning “home guard.”