The Tibetan Mastiff was originally bred in ancient Tibet, China, Nepal and the Himalayas. A better name for this dog might be the Tibetan Mountain Dog as the term “Mastiff” was used by Europeans who first came to Tibet since it was the general term to refer nearly all large dog breeds in the West.
This breed has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is known for its strong and sturdy physique and valiant quality. Males of original native breed can reach heights up to 33in (83cm) and weigh up to 200lb (91kg). This breed of dog has been used by people to protect their livestock from big predators such as wolves, leopards, bears and tigers. In Tibet, Tibetan Mastiffs are considered to be the reincarnations of the monks that used to live through the ages.
Tibetan Mastiffs have served mankind through history of over 5,000 years and are known as one of the most ancient breed of dogs. These dogs are renowned for their bravery, strong willpower, intelligence and perseverance. Tibetan Mastiffs are also one of the largest dog breeds and also the most expensive ones.
An eleven month-old Red Tibetan Mastiff by the name Big Splash was sold by its owner, Lu from the Tibetan Mastiff Garden to a coal baron for $1.5 million in China. This is the most expensive dog ever sold in the world in recorded history. This particular Tibetan Mastiff puppy is considered a perfect specimen.
The Red Tibetan Mastiff can weigh up to 286lb when fully grown and requires special treatment like any other Tibetan Mastiffs. These dogs are considered as the ultimate symbol of status in modern society.
By now you may have known that the Tibetan Mastiff is not for every dog lover due to its hefty price tag and the amount of extra care it needs from its human partner.