Life expectancy: 12 - 15 years
Color:It is usually black, sometimes with gold or tan markings,
chocolate, blue & tan, sable, gold, cream, or red, with or without
tan markings. Some also have white markings.
Eyes: mid-size, brown shade, deep set, set well apart, almond shape,
Coat type: double coated, fairly long, thick, coarse, soft undercoat,
fine, hard, straight
Size: males at least 26 inches, females at least 24 inches
Health issues: Prone to hip dysplasia, skin conditions, thyroid
problems, ear infections, and an unusual genetic problem called
Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy (CIDN). CIDN symptoms
usually appear at 7-10 weeks; if a puppy has this condition, it
will die before 4 months of age. There is no test currently known
for the disease and carriers can only be identified through mating.
Living conditions: This breed is not recommended for apartment life.
It is relatively inactive indoors and does best with at least a
large fenced yard. It likes to climb and dig. The Tibetan Mastiff
has a tendency to wander; a six-foot fence, with an undiggable surface
below, is the minimum requirement for safe confinement. Since it
was bred to be a nocturnal barker, make sure you bring your dog
indoors at night; in the house it is fairly quiet.