AKC Recognizes the Tibetan Mastiff

Posted: Mar 04 2009

Originally published January 1st, 2007

Tibetan Mastiff

The American Kennel Club has extended registration privileges to the Tibetan Mastiff. Starting in January 2007, breed fanciers will be able to show the Tibetan Mastiff in the Working Group at AKC events.

A noble and impressive dog, the Tibetan Mastiff is powerful with much substance and bone. Proud and imposing, the Tibetan Mastiff is a family dog and has worked as a property guardian for many millennia. Aloof and watchful of strangers, the Tibetan Mastiff is highly protective of his people and property.

Tibetan Mastiff Fun Facts:
- Tibetan Mastiffs don’t shed – they blow their coat once a year.

- Tibetan Mastiff bitches have a single oestrus per year, generally in the late fall and that most Tibetan Mastiff puppies are born in December and January.

- Tibetans believe that Tibetan Mastiffs have the souls of monks and nuns who were not good enough to be reincarnated into people or into Shambhala (the heavenly realm).

- In Tibet, Tibetan Mastiffs are traditionally kept with Lhasa Apsos, who alert them to the appearance of any stranger.


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