Walking in town yesterday, we spotted a couple walking their two dogs.
I recognised the german shepherd, but the other breed was unknown to me.
Well, you know what I’m like, so I crossed over and asked.
I got nuzzled and licked by the shepherd, and the other dog was equally affectionate and gorgeous! I lost my hand in her fur, it was so soft and springy.
She was only eight months old, and already stood as tall as the shepherd.
This is a Tibetan Mastiff.
They originate in China and have a life span of 12 to 15 years.
Should you be thinking of getting one, you can say goodbye to between $3900 and $7500 (£3000 to £5700 or thereabouts) for a full pedigree line, though puppies range from $2500 to $3000 (£1900 to £2300).
They come in a variety of colours, black, black and gold, brown, brown and tan, blue gray, and one red mastiff called Big Splash sold for $1.5 million in 2011, a record price at the time.
A male can stand 66 to 76 cm tall and weigh in at 45 to 73 kg. A female is still big, at 61 to 71 cm and weigh 34 to 54 kg. That’s a lot of dog!!
It’s suggested they are exercised for at least an hour a day split into two sessions to avoid overheating and need space to play. Although they are quite content to sleep most of the day, if not exercised enough they can become bored and destructive.
Their temperament traits are strong willed and stubborn, but they are intelligent and protective, so it comes as no surprise that in keeping with their bear-like appearance, they are used as guardian dogs having been bred to protect livestock in the Tibetan mountains.
They have a double layered coat and require professional grooming every 10 to 12 weeks, so if you are interested in having a large dog such as this, you need to do your homework.
on protection duty.
Information from WIKI, images from google.