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New Book For Tibetan Mastiff Owners | Dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas

New Book About Tibetan Mastiffs - Big Dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas

Don Messerschmidt, a Himalayan specialist and expert on TMs from the Roof of the World, is an author and anthropologist. He’s spent more than 40 years studying them in their native habitats and at their origins (and has scars to show for it).

Tibetan Mastiffs have been nurtured, shown, trained, bred, and photographed by Dr. Messerschmidt. The International Champion Saipal Baron of Emodus (aka “Kalu”) is famous in the bloodlines of many great ‘TMs’ in Europe And North America.

His Tibetan dog articles have featured in publications such as Dog World, Rangelands, and ECS Nepal, as well as The Himalayan Times and several dog club newsletters.

Himalayan Mountain Dog (Kyi-Apso) & Tibetan Hunting Dog (Sha-Kyi)

The Tibetan Mastiff, the Himalayan mountain dog, the rare KyiApso, the Tibetan hunting dog, and the Sha-Kyi, are all included in this book of discovery into the exotic animal breeds of Tibet and the Himalayas.

His other work has appeared in Summit, Alaska, and Himal, among other publications. Don Messerschmidt has worked as a magazine editor, biographer, ethnographer, and rural development consultant.

The author explains his lifelong fascination with giant dogs, as well as his search for and discovery of them in old literature, on the Tibetan plateau, and in the high grasslands of the Himalayan frontiers, in this book. He has visited Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Tibet extensively.

New Articles

Announcing The Tibetan Mastiff FAQ!

As many Tibetan Mastiff breeders are aware, we are frequently confronted with many common inquiries from potential puppy buyers. The Tibetan Mastiff Breeders’ Response Network (TMBRN) is thrilled to announce the creation of a user-friendly Tibetan Mastiff Frequently Asked Questions section on the website.

We work hard to maintain the Tibetan Mastiff Info site up to date, and we’ll keep adding to the FAQs as time permits. Suggestions for topics on which you’d like to see more information are appreciated.

These questions and answers are not intended to be a substitute for proper breeder/owner screening, yet we hope you will feel comfortable directing potential puppy buyers to the FAQ page.

Tibetan Dogs In Need

When considering bringing a Tibetan Mastiff into your household, keep in mind the possibility of rescue. There are now many Tibetan Mastiffs in need of homes to resc

These are frequently deserving, good-natured dogs who have ended up in shelters or rescues through no fault of their own. When we are notified of a Tibetan Mastiff that needs a home we list them in our Tibetan Mastiff Dogs In Need section.

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Rescue

If you really must have a puppy, keep in mind that there are two critical aspects to consider before bringing a TM into your family. Make sure you’re willing to commit to a Tibetan Mastiff for the rest of his or her life and find a breeder who will take full responsibility for each puppy they create.

Choose a Tibetan Dog Breeder

The article below will provide you with the information you need to find an ethical and responsible breeder.

Regardless of whether you are a novice starting out on your first Tibetan Mastiff adventure or an experienced TM caregiver, the process of choosing a dependable breeder and an ideal puppy shouldn’t be a harrowing undertaking. 

Being prepared and asking the right questions will go a long way in teaching you more about the breed and enjoying the Tibetan Mastiff companion you eventually welcome into your home. 

This breed is not advised for off-leash activities. Off-leash activities are extremely problematic and catastrophic at worst due to their independence and lack of attention to obedience commands.

No matter how well you believe your Tibetan Mastiff is taught, shouting “COME” will not make much difference if they believe you or they are in danger.

At best, their exuberant nature will send them over the next hill to explore, causing you to lose your dog or, in the worst-case scenario, be hit by a car. Tibetan Mastiffs should be kept on a leash at all times.

An article about properly containing your Tibetan Mastiff can be found here.

That is not the case! As they’re a protector breed, Tibetan Mastiffs might be wary and hesitant around unfamiliar people and objects. They’ll be naturally protective and territorial of your belongings and person.

Only the most well-known members of the family are allowed to enter without being greeted. Casual guests cannot be expected to simply “walk-in” without being escorted.

Despite the fact that this is a breed trait, it is the owner’s obligation to introduce and socialize their pet to guests in their home. Giving a Tibetan Mastiff a lot of early and good interaction with people and kids that come into the house is a big step.

Puppy socialization and good canine manners begin at a young age. Guests in your home should have no trouble with a well-behaved, well-socialized Tibetan Mastiff!

While it’s crucial to choose and breed for the right temperament, you should also consult your breeder for “at home” ideas and methods to allow timely socialization success.

If left to his own devices, the Tibetan Mastiff might very well find ways to entertain himself because he is intelligent and easily bored. They like wood, but everything from clothes to electronics has been reported as being destroyed.

During teething and frequently well into adulthood, proper supervision and guidance to appropriate chew toys are critical.

Monitoring, crate training, and plenty of suitable chew toys are all recommended. Chew toys for a Tibetan Mastiff can be found in large branches put out in the yard.

In comparison to its massive size, the Tibetan Mastiff consumes very little food. This could be due to the poor and harsh living conditions that were common in ancient Tibet.

Puppies require more food as they develop, but most adult Tibetan Mastiffs can maintain healthy body weight on less food than other breeds of similar size.

For a raw or home-prepared diet, an adult dog would require around 4 to 5 cups of premium kibble or 1 to 2 percent of the dog’s body weight.

The Tibetan Mastiff is supposed to be a “dry-mouthed breed.” In other words, they shouldn’t even have a wet mouth all of the time.

If they are frightened or sweating from the heat, they may drool after drinking water.

Although this varies from dog to dog, the Tibetan Mastiff is not really a water dog in general. Few will enjoy it, but the majority will be content to dip their toes in.