17 Photographs Of Tibetan Mastiffs Posted By People Showing How Funny And Cute These Gentle Giants Can Be
The origins of Tibetan Mastiff are still a mystery because the breed is so old and Tibet too has always been an isolated region. This is why not much information has ever been recorded and neither will many find out. One fact that everyone agrees with is that they are huge and gigantic. Female Mastiff can even grow up to a size of 24 inches and weigh a whopping 70-120 pounds. Males grow even bigger till 26 inches and can weigh up to 150 pounds. Here is a collection of Tibetan Mastiffs to show exactly how majestic and even comical they really are. They can look very cute as well when you see the photographs of how these thickly coated soft-hearted giants can be. They can be calm and composed too so take a look.
1 Stop Norbu, Stop Being So Cute. My Heart Can’t Take It
This was posted by a user with a Tibetan Mastiff named Norbu. Tibetan Mastiffs originated in Tibet and are giant-sized dogs that belong to the mastiff breed. They originated among Nomadic cultures of Mongolia, India, China and Nepal. Local Tibetan tribes would use them as shepherding dogs and to protect their sheep and livestock from bears, tigers, leopards and wolves.
Dog breeders are of the opinion that there are two types of Tibetan Mastiffs. One is the Do Khyi and the other is the Tsang Khyi. In Tibetan, this means a dog from Tsang. The breed is also referred to as the monastery type and is characterized by tall heavy features with heavy bones and a lot of facial wrinkles and haw in comparison to the Do Khyi Nomad type of breed.
3Look at these adorable guys
Both types of breeds can be produced in the same litter where the larger and heavier puppies are made to do stationary jobs while the Tibetan Mastiffs who are more muscular and well-structured sent for active roles.
4Here is dad and son time
A typical male Tibetan Mastiff can reach upto heights of 83cm and the original native breed at one time weighed anything between 55 to 90 kg. Some dogs produced in western and Chinese kennels even weigh over 115 kg. Such dogs would never be useful to Nomads as they would be too costly to maintain and feed. Because of their heavy and bulky structure, they would not have done well as guardians of livestock.