Originating in Central Asia, this breed of dog isn't for everyone. That said, if you have any questions about this dog's protective instincts, we're about to answer them.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a big working dog which can weigh as much as 160 pounds.
Originally, this size allowed it to perform the duty of protecting sheep and other livestock from predators.
We're not talking about foxes and rodents here either. No, the Tibetan Mastiff was made for fending off everything from lions to tigers to bears – oh my.
Because of this, the dog has an incredibly strong guardian instinct.
In terms of protection for your home, this can be a good thing. However, for most families it can get a bit out of hand.
For instance, a Tibetan Mastiff will consider all people and objects on your property as worthy of protecting.
Strangers and other animals walking by which aren't part of the ‘pack' are a threat and activate the dog's guard mode.
As a result, owners are strongly urged to have a good solid fence around their property to prevent this dog from being overly “protective” – if you know what we mean.