The Tibetan Mastiff, known as the world’s most expensive dog, is an ancient and still primitive dog breed. Originally bred as fierce guard dogs, they still maintain a guard dog role in today’s society but are also used as family and show dogs. He is a highly protective breed that will guard his family and his property fiercly; it is recommended that they live in homes without small children because they may take children screaming and running as signs of aggression.
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Top 10 Facts:
- Tibetan Mastiffs are known to bark very little. The only time they are known to bark is when they are left outside at night and this is to let you know that he is on the job and guarding you and his property.
- Despite their incredible size, the Tibetan Mastiff does not fully mature until they’ve reached 3-5 years of age.
- The Tibetan Mastiff was originally bred in Tibet, but little is known of his history before 1800. The breed is believed to be several thousands of years old with DNA evidence dating back to over 5,000 years ago.
- The first exported Tibetan Mastiff was given to Queen Victoria in 1847 by Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy of India.
- Tibetan monks believe that these dogs are the souls of past monks and nuns that were not worthy to be reincarnated as humans.
- The Tibetan Mastiff’s jaws are so strong that the breed has been known to chew threw chain link fences and doors.
- This breed is brand new to the AKC. Despite existing for thousands of year, they were only recognized by the AKC as an official breed in 2007.
- It’s said that Marco Polo encountered the breed in his travels during the 13th century. He stated that a Tibetan Mastiff is “tall as a donkey, with a voice as powerful as a lion.”
- While Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely loving and loyal, they can also be stubborn and aloof. Because of their protective natures, they can be wary with stranger.
- Tibetan Mastiffs come in several varieties of colors, including: black, gold/light, gold, gold/red, black & tan, black & tan/red, blue/grey, chocolate/brown & tan, and gold dilute.