What Are Characteristics of a Himalayan Mastiff?


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The Himalayan mastiff, also known as the Tibetan mastiff, is an independent and intelligent guard dog that is highly protective of his family and territory. These mastiffs are a large breed with a thick, woolly coat that can be gold, black, brown or blue-gray in color.

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This dog breed was selectively bred as a livestock and property guardian and commonly barks at perceived threats. The breed tends to sleep during the day to be able to stay alert at night.

The Himalayan mastiff can reach 24 to 26 inches tall at his shoulder and generally weighs 100 to 160 pounds. The dog sheds only once per year, but the coat still requires regular brushing. Although the fur is long, Himalayan mastiffs generally lack the strong odor associated with other large dog breeds. With a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years, the breed lives longer than most other large dogs.

Due to his hard-headed nature, the Himalayan mastiff may not be a good fit for organized activities and requires a fenced-in yard for exercising. The animal's guardian nature may also hinder his ability to warm up to new people and pets, so plenty of socialization is necessary as the dog is being trained.

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