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Tibet, Stein-oder Bronzezeit
The Tibetan Mastiff is a powerful, muscular dog with a sturdy bone structure. It is very large with a broad, massive head and a heavy, dense, medium-length coat. It makes an excellent livestock guardian; it is willing to fight fiercely against predators and intruders and is also an outstanding guard dog for the home. In Tibet this dog was often tied up from two months of age to enhance aggressive tendencies. One dog was sometimes used to guard an entire village. It is very protective, territorial and very loyal to its own family.
It is usually black, sometimes with gold or tan markings, chocolate, blue & tan, sable, gold, cream, or red, with or without tan markings. Some also have white markings.
Thick, dense, medium-length coat, it forms a heavy ruff around the neck. The coat should be brushed regularly. In the winter the coat has an abundance of very thick hair. It sheds only once a year during a four-week period in spring and/or summer. During this time it should be brushed and combed for at least a half hour each day. This breed is good for allergy sufferers.
Prone to hip dysplasia, skin conditions, thyroid problems, ear infections, and an unusual genetic problem called Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy (CIDN). CIDN symptoms usually appear at 7-10 weeks; if a puppy has this condition, it will die before 4 months of age. There is no test currently known for the disease and carriers can only be identified through mating. To minimize the risk of your Do-Khy developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable Tibetan Mastiff breeder.