Tibetan Mastiff History
The Tibetan mastiff is an ancient breed with a long history and is believed to have been in existence for more than 5,000 years. It was originally used as a guard dog by nomadic cultures in Tibet, China, Mongolia and India. The breed has also been used to protect livestock from predators such as wolves and bears.
The first Tibetan mastiffs arrived in the United States in the late 1800s after being brought back from expeditions to Asia by European explorers. In 1979, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed under its Working Group classification.
In recent years, Tibetan mastiffs have become popular family pets due to their loyal and protective nature. They are intelligent dogs that require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation or they can become bored easily which could lead to destructive behavior.
Tibetan Mastiff Characteristics