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Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff



The Tibetan Mastiff is a large breed of dog, originally from Tibet. This breed was used to protect sheep from wolfs, bears, leopards and tigers.

Height: 24-26 inches  Weight: 100-170 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


Independent and courageous, the Tibetan Mastiff is a great guard dog. This breed needs a job to do, otherwise it can get bored and destructive. Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong will and remarkably independent mind, and they are used for various purposes. With the right training, the Tibetan Mastiff will be very obedient. Comparable Breed: The Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland.


Dogs of this breed are fearless and extremely loyal defenders. Tibetan Mastiffs have a very protective nature, they are intelligent and quite stubborn. They enjoy human company and therefore make great companions for hiking. Keep in mind that the Tibetan Mastiff should never be walked on a leash.

Coat / Care:

The Tibetan Mastiff has a long, thick, rough coat. The undercoat is soft and dense, designed to protect the dog from low temperatures. In hot weather, the undercoat thins. Tibetan Mastiffs shed abundantly once a year, but they lack doggie smell which is peculiar to big dog breeds. During the shedding season, these dogs need thorough cleaning on everyday basis. Out of season, weekly cleaning is enough. The Tibetan Mastiff is a generally healthy breed. However, it is important to be aware of possible health concerns. Hence, the most common diseases in this breed are canine hip dysplasia, dysplasia of the elbow joint, hypertrophic neuropathy, autoimmune hypothyroidism, Panosteitis (inflammation of the long bones), osteochondrosis dissections (OCD) and canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy (CIDN).


This breed needs a strong, dominant coach, who will be able to conduct consistent and varied workouts. Without proper training, the Tibetan Mastiff can be extremely aggressive. Also, socialization is very important for this breed. Let the dog meet new people, but always with an understanding attitude to the fact that it may be very suspicious of strangers. Moreover, Tibetan Mastiffs have a powerful intuition about the people, and they can experience a strong aversion which is very difficult to overcome.


The Tibetan Mastiff needs constant physical and mental stimulation. However, training should not be too demanding, otherwise the dog will have problems with joints. This breed needs a spacious yard for regular walks.

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