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The Breed > Characteristics
These dogs have a thick, free coat, which, while looking very impressive, requires very little grooming. Their thick undercoat is shed each Spring, which requires grooming.

The Tibetan Mastiff has no "doggy" smell. They are hypoallergenic, making it a wonderful pet for those who are allergic to dogs. In our experience, we have found that people who develop rashes from contact with dog hair and even quite severe asthma have happily lived with Tibetan Mastiff.

The tail, carried curled over the back, is heavily plumed. In the cold weather, the dogs will lie down and curl their tail around them to cover and protect their noses. The TM also has a dry mouth which avoids freezing of any secretions and subsequent damage to the lips and mouth in Tibet. For those of us who do not enjoy drool, these dogs are a joy.

Tibetan Mastiffs come in a wide colour range. Blacks and black and tan are the most common colours spotted by visitors to the Tibet.
The size of this breed is quite a contentious subject, with so much being said of the massive size and ferocious capability of the breed. These dogs can weigh from 70 - 100kg, although this is by no means common.

The temperament of this breed is as important as any physical characteristics. Intelligence, courage, self-confidence, self-awareness, curiosity, and a sense of fun characterize the TM.

TM’s can live between 12 to 14 years, unusual for a large breed.

The TM should possess "power without lumbar, majesty without coarseness and agility without raciness". The breed's natural reserve with strangers heightens their majesty and dignity.


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