The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed. It can be traced back to as early as 1121 BC, although they could have been around much earlier than that. This dog has a very distinguished past. It is named the Tibetan Mastiff because it originates from Tibet, although the breed has been all over Asia over the years. Tibetan Mastiffs were used as guard dogs for royalty, including a Chinese emperor, King George IV, and as a guard of Lhasa. Marco Polo, the famous explorer, even met the Tibetan Mastiff. Over the years, the Tibetan Mastiff also became a favourite pet of common people as well as of royalty. They are a very popular companion dog as well as an accomplished guard dog. They are very protective of their home as well as its inhabitants.
Tibetan Mastiffs are very large. In fact, they are one of the largest dog breeds still around today. They have an especially large head that gives them the typical Mastiff look. They typically weigh between 45 and 72 kilograms, although some Tibetan Mastiffs have been known to grow as large as 110 kilograms. While their average height is between 61 and 72 centimetres, they can grow above 80 centimetres in height as well.
Since their coat is so dense and they rarely shed, the Tibetan Mastiff is sometimes considered hypoallergenic. While dogs cannot technically be hypoallergenic, they are a good choice for those with allergies as they will cause fewer symptoms than many other dogs.