The Tibetan mastiff breed was developed in Eastern China, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Tibetan Mastiffs are one of the most archaic, ferocious and the largest dogs in the world, and have large, big-boned frames covered in long, thick double-coats that usually come in brown, black and bluish gray, with possible tan/gold markings. Their broad heads have square muzzles, deeply set eyes and hanging V-shaped ears. They have muscular necks, deep chests, straight backs and well-feathered tails that sometimes carry over the back. Overall, the Tibetan Mastiff looks powerful and substantial.
Tibetan Mastiffs can live as long as 15 years.
- Hip dysplasia
- Food hypersensitivity
- Hypertrophic neuropathy
- Demodectic mange
- Otitis externa
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Ren DR et al (2009) Strong heterozygote deficit in Tibetan Mastiff of China based on microsatellite loci. Animal 3(9):1213-1215