The Tibetan Mastiff!

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large and densely haired dog that will not go unnoticed. It has a wide bear-like head with a short hair, black large nose, and V-shaped ears that hang down. It has a heavy dense medium coat, forming a heavy ruff on the neck. Some mature dogs have a dewlap. The legs are heavy-boned while the tail curls upward. This large dog usually comes in black although gold and tan markings may be present. Other coat colors of this breed include chocolate, blue and tan, gold, cream, sable (black among tan), and red.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
15+ years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Needs outdoor time, preferably in a yard.

Nocturnal barker.

Exercise Needs:
Daily 30 minute walk. Would love chances to do climbing exercises.

Breed Group:


25 to 28 inches

140 to 170 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black is the most standard color, but sometimes gold or tan markings appear. Other hair colors include sable, chocolate brown, blue and tan, gold, cream, and red.

National breed club:
American Tibetan Mastiff Association

Tibetan Mastiff Skills

The Tibetan Mastiff is a descendant of the famous Tibetan dogs and is said to be in existence as early as the stone or bronze age. A dog of this breed was reported to be given to England’s Queen Victoria in 1800s. This dog has proven itself to be an excellent protector of livestock that it is ready to attack even wolves and leopards even until these days.

Tibetan Mastiff Personality

The Tibetan Mastiff is a highly protective and territorial breed. Although strong-willed and fearless, it is even-tempered and has a strong desire to please its humans (but is not the type who is eager to play ball). It is okay to raise this breed with another dog, but the latter should be of a non-dominant breed, and preferably, of the opposite sex. The Tibetan Mastiff is an excellent watchdog but must be socialized and trained at a young age. Its training should aim to achieve mutual respect, for this large dog, strong-willed as it is, can be stubborn and disregard commands that are expressed in strong words or gestured with a tendency to hit. Furthermore, being a nocturnal barker, it is best kept indoor at night.

Exercise Needs

This large dog requires daily walks as well as regular jogging exercises. However, such activities should not be too strenuous especially on its joints. It must also be given outdoor opportunities to climb and dig, its favorite activities.

Living Conditions

The Tibetan Mastiff, due to its size and activities, thrives in a place with a large yard.

Grooming Requirements

The Tibetan Mastiff has fluffy coat that is best maintained with regular brushing and bathing. Since this breed sheds only once a year, it is compatible for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues

The Tibetan Mastiff can be prone to hip dysplasia, skin conditions, cardiac cases, thyroid problems and ear infections. It is also susceptible to an unusual genetic problem called Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy (CIDN) whose symptoms appear usually at 7-10 weeks. Sadly, it is said that if a puppy has CIDN, it will die before it reaches four months.

If you liked this dog…

...for its fluffiness, intimidating size, and courage, you may want to check out a Newfoundland instead. This large breed is reputed to be the gentlest, calmest, and highly generous pet to its humans and to other animal friends but is not short of the protectiveness and intelligence that owners desire.


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