Tibetan Wolfhound

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Breed Attributes

General

Breed group:     Type: Hybrid    Talent: , ,

Physical

Size: Large     Weight: 120 - 160 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, White / Cream

ATTRIBUTES

Life Expectancy: 7 - 12 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details

General

The Tibetan Wolfhound is a cross of two very distinctive breeds, prized for their abilities to stand guard and protect, rather than their affectionate nature or easiness of companionship. Both considered ancient breeds, the Irish Wolfhound and Tibetan Mastiff have historical accounts of fighting and hunting side by side with their masters.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, big-boned, powerhouse of a dog bred in the mountains of Tibet, and believed to be descended of wolves earlier than other dog breeds, thus retaining primitive characteristics. Despite the name, the Tibetan Mastiff is not strictly considered a true mastiff. Bred to be independent and make quick decisions away form its owner, the Tibetan Mastiff is an intelligent animal that will ably and fearlessly protect what it is charged to protect.

The Irish Wolfhound, one of the tallest known breeds, was for a long time the provenance of Irish nobility. One of the sighthounds and bred for hunting wolves (hence their name), the ancient Irish Wolfhound is to believed to have died out around the 1800's, and the modern breed revived around the late 19th century with the help of mastiff type dogs, the Great Dane and the Deerhound.

Color

The Tibetan Mastiff comes in a variety of solid colors, with markings of tan or sable and brindle. Colors commonly include black, brown, gold and blue/grey.

Coat

A double coat is typical of dogs from areas of extreme cold, and the Tibetan Wolfhound is no exception. A rough, longer outer coat overlays a thick, softer undercoat. White the coat being for protection, either from the weather or natural enemies, it is naturally coarse and straight, never silky or fine.

Personality

The Tibetan Mastiff is from parent breeds prized for their independence and their working abilities even when their masters were not right by their side. The Tibetan Mastiff, properly trained, will make a good watchdog, and its size alone a deterrent to would-be intruders. It is gentle and patient enough with children, and while it will require constant walks or runs outdoors, it has a strong affinity for people, and will not do well totally isolated from its family. It can be aloof with strangers not properly introduced, but will soon warm up given enough time. It is basically good-natured and loves to have its affections expressed and returned.

Care

The Tibetan Mastiff usually sheds once a year, and it is the undercoat that thins out. Constant brushing will help maintain the coat and weed out the dead hair. Hand-stripping, if possible, will be better on the dog's skin and maintain the texture of the coat. This big dog does not have the usual "smell" and will need bathing only every 6 weeks or so.

Training

For a large dog, indoor living should be interspersed with outside walks or runs. Play in a big backyard will be sufficient for some of the Tibetan Mastiff's needs, but its primal instinct to roam will have to be followed at times, either at an off-leash park or on a leashed walk.

Activity

For a large dog, indoor living should be interspersed with outside walks or runs. Play in a big backyard will be sufficient for some of the Tibetan Mastiff's needs, but its primal instinct to roam will have to be followed at times, either at an off-leash park or on a leashed walk.

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