Tibetan Mastiff (Do-Khyi) FCI Standard
Chinese documents had first notes about the Tibetan guard dogs in 1121 BC. The dogs were called Do-khyi, meaning «tied dog», because they were limited during the day but allowed to roam at night. The dogs were used to guard property and herd flocks.
In 1847, the first dog from Tibet was imported to England. In 1873, England’s Kennel Club (KC) was formed and the breed was officially entered into the Stud Book as the Tibetan Mastiff, leaving its earlier title as «large dog from Tibet» behind.
The American Tibetan Mastiff Association was formed in 1974 and serves as the breed’s official registry and network in the United States. The Tibetan Mastiff was first recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2006.
The Tibetan Mastiff can still be found performing its role, but it also enjoys life as a family companion and show dog.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a loyal and good family companion. This dog usually has a strong relation with its owner and serves him/her well. It’s always ready to play and spend time with its family and also makes an excellent guardian.
The Tibetan Mastiff loves children, but does best with the older ones, because it’s important for this dog to be treated right and as an equal, not as a pet.
But, unknown children, adults or strangers should be careful; the dog could be aggressive if they step into its territory.
The same situation takes place with the other dogs, because the Tibetan Mastiff is a giant breed and feels itself dominant with the other animals.
• canine hip dysplasia (CHD);
• elbow dysplasia;
• skin problems;
• heart problems.
You need to start training from the first day you bring your dog home. You should be careful and patient. Try to create good and trustful relation with the dog. The owner should be strict, but diplomatic during the training, and shouldn’t use a lot of punishment.
Leash training is absolutely important for the breed. The Tibetan Mastiff must have good manners and never walk off leash.
Socialization is a necessity for this breed. Go to parks and dog walking places, visit and invite friends home, so the dog knows that the other people can step into its territory.
The properly trained and socialized Tibetan Mastiff will become a lovely member of the family that will guard and protect you.
In general, half an hour of play (preferably with another dog the same size) or a walk will absolutely satisfy this breed.