About Timberline Tibetan Mastiffs - located in Colorado

All these types of Tibetan Mastiffs are part of a large, occasionally interbreeding population that are all legitimate Tibetan Mastiffs: however, we at Timberline Tibetan Mastiffs, have chosen to work with the Tsang-kyi type because we feel that it most closely resembles the ancient dog described by early travelers to Tibet as the Tibetan Mastiff.  This is a dog in which males should approach or exceed 30 inches in height at the shoulder with massive bone and large heads.  This is a dog large and strong enough to challenge a leopard, wolf or human intruder on horseback, and, more importantly, to do its job with intimidation rather than conflict.

We, at Timberline Tibetan Mastiffs, have been involved in all areas of breed activity. I have served as a board member of the American Tibetan Mastiff Association for many years and President for two terms (although I have no current affiliation with the club) and was a founding member and two term President of The Tibetan Mastiff Club of America. We have been keeping and breeding Tibetan Mastiffs in a home environment since 1986.  We have produced many champions including one of the greatest ambassadors for the breed in TM history.  This is Barnes (Timberline’s Barni Drakyi).

  • Barnes winning best of breed at Westminster 2008 Barnes winning best of breed at Westminster 2008 Barnes was bred by Timberline and Co-owned with Rick Eichhorn and Lois Claus
  • Barnes Barnes Barnes with Dan Nechemias who was responsible for Barnes’ spectacular show career
  • Barnes at home with Dan and Lois

     

He was a great stud dog and show dog who started his show career at an age when most dogs are retired.  He never saw a heart he couldn’t win over.   He went on to be the top Tibetan Mastiff in the US in 2008 and the first Tibetan Mastiff Best of Breed at Westminster.  His son Midas (Drakyi Gold Standard) has now eclipsed many of his records by winning two BOBs at Westminster and placing once in the working group.  There are many other Timberline dogs and champions of record that have distinguished themselves in the show ring and, more importantly, as family pets.

  • Timberline’s black Bart Timberline’s black Bart
  • Timberline’s black Bart Timberline’s black Bart
  • Timberline’s Cassidy Amber (Cassie) Timberline’s Cassidy Amber (Cassie)
  • Drakyi Timberline Gus Drakyi Timberline Gus
  • Rare breed champion Timberline’s Pandora Rare breed champion Timberline’s Pandora

     

All of our Tibetan Mastiffs are household companions and all have loving personalities with everyone they know as friends.  Some are protective of the property and all will protect their people when they perceive a threat.  The protectiveness is an innate behavior that is definitive for the breed.  We have discovered that bottle feeding the puppies lightly once per day until they reject the bottle greatly reduces their suspicion of strangers and increases their willingness to bond to humans.  This effect is so strong that we now bottle feed every Tibetan Mastiff puppy once a day for several weeks.  The result is well worth the extra work.  We particularly recommend it for puppies of any parents that are overly suspicious of strangers.

Puppies at Timberline

timberine tibetan mastiff puppies

Some pictures of our past puppies here at Timberline Tibetan Mastiffs and the dogs they grew up to be. This will give you an idea of the great changes these dogs go through during development.

  • Loretta Loretta Loretta as a puppy
  • Loretta at one year showing true mastiff looks Loretta at one year showing true mastiff looks
  • Loretta, at 7 months, wins the points at her second major show Loretta, at 7 months, wins the points at her second major show

     
  • Dixie at about 5 weeks Dixie at about 5 weeks
  • Dixie at 5 months Dixie at 5 months
  • Dixie wins the points at her third major show Dixie wins the points at her third major show

     
  • Timberline's Moses Timberline's Moses Moses at about 5 weeks
  • Timberline's Moses Timberline's Moses Moses at 22 months

     

  • Timberline's Janey Timberline's Janey Janey as a puppy
  • Janey Janey Janey at 1 year

     

  • Spudgie (Timberline’s Kayakyi Eytukan) Spudgie (Timberline’s Kayakyi Eytukan) Spudgie at about 5 weeks
  • Spudgie (Timberline’s Kayakyi Eytukan) Spudgie (Timberline’s Kayakyi Eytukan) Shown here at about about 1 ½ years. Now a grand champion

     

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