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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by ClaireLouise, Jan 20, 2012.
Ive just been reading about them, they are beautiful. I would love one. Anyone met one in the flesh?
Just googled, they look a bit like Newfies :001_wub:
They're beautiful dogs, I love their faces.
Unfortunately the only one I've ever met bit me in the stomach!
Oh dear! hope no damage was done!
yeah, they are beautiful Im in love
They may look like newfies but that is where the resemblance ends. They are livestock guardians and like all livestock guardians are never happy in a domestic setting. They can also be very unpredictable and ferocious.
They are also nocturnal, so prowl about all night.
Two live next door to me
would rather have a newfie
I have been reading some very different info to what you have given
Just some heavy bruising, but no broken skin! It was very much my own fault though.
Did you hear about that Chinese millionaire who spent nearly £1million on a rare red Tibetan Mastiff?! :sosp:
wernt they bred to guard the Tibetan Monastries and if an intruder managed to get passed them they where then faced with the highly dangerous and intimadating Lhasa Apso.
There is two that do the rounds on the DD stands, Wilma and Fred I believe
I ahve given them many a fuss
If I were ever in a position where I could have them live on appropriate land with access to the house I would have a couple.
The gent that own the two above says the male rarely comes indoors even in the snow although he can if he wants to.
about 60-80 registered in the UK each year I understand
But yeah, I am a massive sucker for black and tan dogs, from english toy terrier to tibetan mastiffs and all inbetween
The TBs bred in Europe tend to be bred with a much less ferocious tremprement to those in China, so I've been told.
The ones next door don't prowl, they sleep on the bed Hey don't half bark though!
What did you think to them?
I just read that actually.... totally shocking
reading what I have there temprement seems very simlar to Akitas
Don't take my word for it
Tibetan Mastiff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
LOL I dont take Wikipedias word for anything either. Its the most unreliable source imagined.
Gorgeous dogs....to be admired from afar I think!! I would imagine they would need a very experienced owner and suitable home environment.
Think Id rather have a great big doofus dog, like a Newfie or a St Bernard!!
They are nice dogs, not really my type, but I don't find them anymore 'specialised' than a lot of other breeds. They are fine with other dogs and people. They now have a young baby and they are lovely with him.
Zimba played with the older one from when he was 8 weeks (the other is younger than Zimba).
Agreed!! Sorry Newfiesmum but I don't trust Wiki as I could proverbially throw it!
Personally I really like them - I fell in love at Discover Dogs and have admired and researched them since. They are high up my long term "to do" list. The breeders websites give a fairly good overview.
Of course, being a guarding breed only fairly recently bred for pet / show they are not for the faint hearted or inexperienced, have strong guarding instincts, are supposedly not the easiest of breeds to train, and they do have a reputation for being noisy.
Still, I do hope I find myself in the position to take one on myself one day. :001_wub:
Colette, I fully agree. While at this point in time I couldnt have one it would be on my 'to do' list. Owning a difficult Akita and reading the breed temprements they are quite simlar. Aloof, independent, love OWN children, dislike strangers, dominant and hard to train are all traits both breeds share.
Yes, they certainly seem to have a lot in common. I think I'll get my rottie first!
It's always difficult judging a breed without meeting any; my first visit to DD taught me that. Dogs I thought I would love just didn't do it for me, but I did find a whole new bunch of breeds I would never have considered based on pictures in a book.
Another breed (with a similar reputation) that I would consider many years from now is the CAO, although I would want to meet a few more first! My friend has one who is just fantastic - was easily trained, loves everyone (people and dogs) although wouldn't let a burglar in, and is one of the most laid back dogs I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. That said, I do understand she is far from typical of her breed!! But, they are not the monsters they are made out to be either.