|Barked: Tue Mar 29, '11 5:48am PST |
|The T.M. is a truly magnificent breed. Aside from a lot of reading, my personal experience is limited to speaking with breeders, and seeing their dogs at local rare shows where, admittedly, due to their explosively protective nature, one couldn’t get anywhere near the actual dogs. Fortunately, we have none in our neighbourhood.
This is yet another “primitive” breed, bred to work and guard. Although I’m sure there are some very “nice”, soft T.M.’s around, this is definitely not an ideal candidate for a pet, as we think of here in North American. I always worry about people “falling in love” with a particular breed with little or no first-hand knowledge, especially such a powerful breed. It's easy to see the aesthetic appeal, but the true nature of the breed should, IMO, be honoured and respected.
With its growing popularity, especially in the show ring, undoubtedly the breed’s temperament will be softened (or ruined, depending upon your point of view) over time. However, it can be successfully argued that the “aggressive, unapproachable dog” which Maggie mentioned is (or, at least should be) the norm … that is what the T.M. is supposed to be.
Having seen some “interesting” incidents in the show ring with BRT’s, I would strongly suggest that you be careful in selecting the particular dogs you show. Even the most expert handling may not be enough to safely control a Tibetan Mastiff which is genetically predisposed to being true to its roots. JMO.
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