This is primarily a property watchdog, but is also used to herd and protect livestock. It is friendly with familiar people, but can be very suspicious of strangers and confrontational with other dogs.
The Shan Dog is a self-suficient, hardy breed and even though it isn't a typical longhaired dog like the popular Tibetan Mastiff, it has a dense and rich undercoat, providing good protection from the extreme climates of its homeland. Most common colourings are yellow, fawn or red, some with a white spot on the chest. The average height is around 24 inches.