Dogs are social animals. They either want to be with their people or other dogs. Unfortunately, we humans don’t always have time to play with our dogs. We have to do other things like go to work so we can buy dog food and treats. But how do you say no to a hatchback-sized fluffball that looks like it was created by Jim Henson? If you’ve never seen a Tibetan mastiff before, get ready to fall in love.
Tibetan mastiffs were bred to be flock guardians in the high altitudes of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateaus. They were also used to protect Buddhist monasteries and monks of Tibet from animals such as bears, wolves and snow leopard. As cute as they are, Tibetan mastiffs can be fiercely protective and loyal. I wouldn’t want to mess with one.
According to the American Kennel Club, a Tibetan mastiff can weigh between 70 and 150 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. And then there’s that thick, fluffy coat, especially around the head. Back in 2013, CNN reported that a Chinese zoo actually tried to pass a Tibetan mastiff off as an African lion. It did appear to have a mane, but the barking gave it away.
The Tibetan mastiff in the video below is desperately looking for someone to play with him. I can understand the reluctance of the people. Running around with this dog is a bit like playing in traffic. But he’s just so darned adorable!
Big boi just wants to play pic.twitter.com/OlFNpouHa3— The Woof World (@TheWoofWorld) September 9, 2022
Most Popular Large Dog Breeds
Stacker is here to help hopeful dog owners with their important pre-pup research. Using data from the American Kennel Club dog profiles, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 most popular large dog breeds.
To be considered for this list, each dog’s max height must be at least 25 inches, and its max weight must be at least 70 pounds. The dogs are ranked by their 2019 AKC popularity rank, which was released in 2020. While this is in no way the authoritative source for picking a new canine companion, it’s intended to be a resource to help guide that search.
From American favorites like collies and Chesapeake Bay retrievers to foreign breeds gaining in popularity like borzois and Akitas, there’s sure to be a breed that catches your eye and pulls at your heartstrings.