This ancient breed has guarded the Himalayas for millennia and are the predecessors to the modern mastiff breeds. Like bears, they have large rounded bodies, broad muzzles, thick, coarse fur, and a solemn, noble appearance. The Tibetan Mastiff grows to about 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 100 pounds when fully grown. Despite their large, bulky appearance, these dogs are extremely agile. They don’t shed, but lose their coat only once each year. On first glance, Tibetan Mastiffs are quite intimidating, but those who own them say they are loyal, affectionate dogs and great cuddlers.
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