The unusually dense coat is a heavy shedder, especially in warm weather.
Extremely independent and intelligent, the Tibetan Mastiff may have its own agenda, so for safety, they should be kept contained when exercised. Although active while out of doors, they are usually fairly quiet in the house. Prospective owners should note - the breed is highly protective of their family and property, so it may be difficult to bring people into your home. Finally, they shed their coat only once a year, but regular brushing is still required.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a giant breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming with a brush, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
TMs are a large and very strong breed. Therefore, basic obedience training should be a part of every TMs upbringing. Always take your puppy out as much as possible to as many new situations as possible. Positive reinforcement training works best for most TMs. Tibetan Mastiffs do not need protection training under any circumstance, and should not be used for schutzhund or similar work. Extremely independent and intelligent, the Tibetan Mastiff may have its own agenda, so for safety, they should be kept contained when exercised. Although active while out of doors, they are usually fairly quiet in the house. Prospective owners should note - the breed is highly protective of their family and property, so it may be difficult to bring people into your home.
Tibetan Mastiff &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. There are some health issues found in the general canine population that are found in TMs as well. These problems include hip and elbow dysplasia, low thyroid and seizure disorder. Please be sure to discuss these issues with your breeder and your veterinarian.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Tibetan Mastiffs are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a TM can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.