Tibetan Mastiff (Do Khyi) is a massive working dog breed of the nomad herders of the Himalaya and a traditional guardian of the Tibetan monasteries along with the Lhasa Apso. Tibetan Mastiff dog price shot up few years ago making the breed famous as the most expensive dog breed in the world. Price of Tibetan Mastiff dog breed has declined as of 2016-2017 due to increase in supply and reduced demand.
Tibetan Mastiff dog breed info:
The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed has been surrounded by great myth since its first discovery in antiquity. From the mentioning by Aristotle’s (384-322 BC) to the famous writings of Marco Polo, who went to Asia in 1271, all historical reports praise the natural strength and impressiveness of the lion dog Tibetan Mastiff – both physically and mentally. Even its bark has been described as a unique and highly treasured feature of the breed. Leading European cynologists of the past, like Martin and Youatt, Megnin, Beckmann, Siber as well as Strebel and Bylandt have intensively covered the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed, as they had been fascinated by its origin and function in the Tibetan culture. Some even considered the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed to be the very forefather of all large mountain and massive mastiff breeds.
General Appearance: Powerful, heavy, well built, with good bone. Impressive; of solemn and earnest appearance. Combines majestic strength, robustness and endurance; fit to work in all climate conditions. Slow to mature; only reaching its best at 2-3 years in females and at least 4 years in males. Important Proportions: Skull measured from occiput to stop equal to muzzle from stop to end of nose but muzzle may be a little shorter. ; Body slightly longer than height at withers.
Black Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff dog breed
Tibetan Mastiff Temperament: Independent. Protective. Commands respect. Most loyal to his family and territory.
Size: Height at the withers: Dogs: 66 cm (26 inches) minimum. Bitches: 61 cm (24 inches) minimum.
Coat: Hair: Quality of greater importance than quantity. Coat harsh, thick, top coat not too long, with dense and rather woolly undercoat in cold weather which becomes rather sparse in warmer months. Males carry noticeably more coat than females. Hair fine but harsh, straight and offstanding. Never silky, curly or wavy. Neck and shoulders heavily coated, giving mane-like appearance. Tail bushy and well feathered; hindlegs well feathered on upper rear parts.
Red Tibetan Mastiff Dog
White Tibetan Mastiff Dog
TM Colors: Rich black, with or without tan marking; blue, with or without tan markings; gold, from rich fawn to deep red, sable. All colours to be as pure as possible. Tan ranges from a rich chestnut to a lighter colour. White star on breast permissible. Minimal white markings on feet acceptable. Tan markings appear above eyes, on lower part of legs and underside of tail. Tan markings on muzzle; spectacle markings tolerated around eyes.
TM Head: Broad, heavy and strong. In adults a wrinkle may extend from above the eyes down to the corner of mouth. Skull: Large, very slightly rounded, with strongly pronounced occiput. Stop: Well defined. Nose: Broad, as dark as possible depending on coat colour, well-opened nostrils. Muzzle: Fairly broad, well filled and deep. End of muzzle square. Lips: Well developed and covering the underjaw. Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper incisors closely overlapping the lower incisors and set square to the jaws. Level bite acceptable. Dentition fits tightly. Eyes: Medium size, any shade of brown and in accordance with coat colour, the darker the better. Set well apart, oval and slightly slanting. Eyelids tightly fitting the eyeball. Expression of dignity. Ears: Medium size, triangular, pendant, set between the level of the skull and the eye, dropping forward and hanging close to head; carried forward when alert. Ear leathers covered with soft, short hair.
Tibetan Mastiffs in Tibet
Neck: Strong, well muscled, arched. Not too much dewlap. Covered by thick upstanding mane, not so pronounced in bitches.
Forequarters: Straight, well covered all over with strong hair. Shoulders: Well laid, muscular. Elbows: Neither turned in nor out. Forearms: Straight. Strong bone. Metacarpus (Pasterns): Strong, slightly sloping.
Great Tibetan Mastiff
Body: Strong. Back: Straight, muscular. Croup: Almost imperceptible. Chest: Rather deep, of moderate breadth, with good spring of rib, to give heart-shaped ribcage. Brisket reaching to below elbows.
Hindquarters: Powerful, muscular, with good angulation. Seen from behind, hindlegs parallel. Upper thigh: Rather long; strong, with good hard muscles, but not bulging. Stifle: Well bent. Hock: Strong, low set. Dewclaws optional. Feet: Fairly large, strong, round and compact, with good feathering between well-arched toes.
Tail: Medium length. Set high on line with top of back, carried high, loosely curled over back, when dog alert or in motion; well feathered.
Tibetan Bear Mastiff
Gait: Powerful, but always light and elastic: with good reach and drive. When speed increases tends to single track. When walking appears very deliberate. Capable of functioning over a varied terrain with stamina and suppleness.
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Severe Faults: Lacking physical condition and fitness. ; Head light or heavily wrinkled. ; Pendulous flews. ; Pronounced dewlap. ; Large and/or low-set ears. ; Light eyes or staring expression. ; Weak pigmentation, particularly of nose. ; Barrelled ribs. ; Tightly curled tail over hips. ; Over angulated or straight hindquarters. ; Heavy constrained movement. ; Under minimum height, tolerance 2 cm.
Disqualification: Aggressive or overly shy. ; Undershot or overshot mouth. ; All other colours than above mentioned e.g. white, cream, grey, brown (liver), lilac, brindle, parti-colors.
Tibetan Mastiff Dog Puppy
Link: Tibetan Mastiff club