Breed Review: Tibetan Mastiff (18 Pics)

#10 The beginning of World War II almost put an end to the distribution of the breed around the globe.

The flow of mastiffs, which were brought from Nepal and Tibet, temporarily stopped, and breeders had to make tremendous efforts to preserve the breed. It is still unclear how the dogs ended up in the United States in 1950 as a gift to then-President Eisenhower. However, this gesture of goodwill was not received with enthusiasm, and the breed itself did not win the love of Americans. Gradually, the mastiffs were sent to the ranch and forgotten for twenty years.

#11 Since 1969, dogs have been brought back to the United States – this time straight from their historical homeland.

Five years later, the American Tibetan Mastiff Lineage Association (ATMA) was created on the initiative of dog handlers. It also became the main club for breed lovers. In 1979, mastiffs bred in the United States took part in the exhibition for the first time and gained a dizzying success.

Today the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the rare dog breeds. So, in the UK there are about three hundred purebred specimens. As for the United States, mastiffs are ranked 124th out of 167 existing breeds. In Russia, these dogs continue to gain popularity, but it is still not enough to open full-fledged kennels.

#12 Self-confident, balanced and independent – these are the epithets that come to mind of a person who first meets a Tibetan Mastiff.

A dog has an indestructible sense of its own dignity and requires an appropriate attitude towards itself: not as a pet, but as an equal being. Mastiffs do not tend to show nervousness, cowardice, or unreasonable aggression, like representatives of small breeds. This is a restrained and independent animal that behaves with royal dignity and never barks over trifles.

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