Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 40-68, Female: 32-55
Height: Male: 26-28, Female: 24-26
Origin of Name: The name Tibetan mastiff is a misnomer, as the breed is not a true mastiff.
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Nobody really knows for sure. The breed is so ancient, and Tibet has always been so isolated, that it is impossible to tell how and when TM came. We know that for millennia they were powerful patrons of the Himalayas, and they are believed to be the ancestors of all modern mastiffs. Evidence suggests that early travelers to Tibet were sometimes given as gifts to these giants, which were used to create mastiff breeds of the Middle East and Europe.