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The native type of dog, which still exists in Tibet, and the Westernized purebred breed can vary in
temperament—but so can dogs of identical breeding, within the same litter, raised in the same household.
Elizabeth Schuler states, "The few individuals that remain in Tibet are ferocious and aggressive,
unpredictable in their behavior, and very difficult to train. But the dogs bred by the English are obedient
and attached to their masters." However, other observers have found the dogs remaining in Tibet to be
quite approachable under the right circumstances—and some Western-bred dogs to be completely
unapproachable.

Some Western and Asian breeders are seeking to create a replica of the legendary dog which they
identify as the "true Tibetan Mastiff" or "Tsang-khyi". Some breeders appear to select primarily for
appearance (great size, profuse coat, heavy wrinkling, jowls, haw) while others also select for "soft"
temperament (in the West) and fierce temperament (in Asia where the dogs' "ferocity" is much vaunted
and encouraged).

As a flock guardian dog in Tibet and in the West, it is tenacious in its ability to confront predators the size
of wolves and leopards. As a socialized, more domestic dog, it can thrive in a spacious, fenced yard with a
canine companion, but it is generally not an appropriate dog for apartment living. The Western-bred dogs
are generally more easy-going, although somewhat aloof with strangers coming to the home. Through
hundreds of years of selective breeding for a protective flock and family guardian, the breed has been
prized for being a nocturnal sentry, keeping would-be predators and intruders at bay, barking at sounds
throughout the night. Leaving a Tibetan Mastiff outside all night with neighbors nearby is not
recommended. They often sleep during the day to be more active, alert and aware at night.

Like all flock guardian breeds, they are intelligent and stubborn to a fault, so obedience training is
recommended (although only mildly successful with some individuals) since this is a strong-willed, powerful
breed. Socialization is also critical with this breed because of their reserved nature with strangers and
guardian instincts. They are excellent family dogs—for the right family. Owners must understand canine
psychology and be willing and able to assume the primary leadership position. Lack of consistent, rational
discipline can result in the creation of dangerous, unpredictable dogs (although this is true of virtually
every dog breed).

Newspaper reports have suggested that a pair of these Mastiffs have killed tigers while guarding sheep in
the highlands of Nepal.
TIBETAN MASTIFF
This book provides the much-needed
factual information about the Tibetian
Mastiff  and their ancestry, character
and standard, as well as the proper
selection, feeding, training, health care
and behavior. The new owner will
welcome advice about preparing for the
pup’s arrival, housebreaking and
preventing puppy problems.

In addition to an extremely authoritative
text, this book features over 135
photographs in full color that are as
informative as they are attractive. Helpful
hints and important information are
highlighted to provide easy access to
everything the reader needs to know
about life with a Tibetian Mastiff from
puppyhood to the senior years.
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The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.

An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.

Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.
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