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- Tibetan Mastiff -

Description: This levelheaded breed is calm, dignified and thoughtful. The Tibetan Mastiff is dignified and very loyal to its family/owners/handlers and reserved toward strangers. True to breeding as a guard dog and watchdog, these dogs are self-confident, but stubborn and dominant.

The Tibetan Mastiff is an excellent livestock guardian -- willing to fight fiercely against predators and intruders and they are also outstanding guard dogs for the home. In Tibet, dogs were often tied up from two months of age to enhance aggressive tendencies. One dog was sometimes used to guard an entire village. As a result of these practices and Tibetan selection of function, English-bred dogs are much more trainable and controllable than those from Tibet.

The Tibetan Mastiff is descended from the famous Tibetan dogs that were the source of the majority of Mollossuses and Mastiffs throughout the world. The ancient Tibetan Mastiff may have been in existence as early as the stone or bronze age. Mollossian dogs accompanied Alexander the Great from Tibet to Europe, and during this period helped found many of today's other Mastiff breeds. Tibet later closed its doors to Westerners, so the breed developed for centuries in relative isolation

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