Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male66 – 83 cm
    • Female61 – 83 cm
  • Weight

    • Male45 – 72 kg
    • Female34 – 56 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Black
    • Brown
    • Grey
  • Coat Texture

    • A thick and coarse top coat with a heavy but soft undercoat. The hair is always straight and hard..
  • Average Lifespan

    • 11 to 14 years

Tibetan Mastiff

History of the Breed

Unsurprisingly from the name, Tibetan Mastiffs originate from Tibet. They were often kept as guard dogs for villages as they would roam around at night and let them know if any intruders were approaching. They became popular outside of Asia in the 19th Century, when two Tibetan Mastiffs were entered into a dog show by the Prince of Wales.


  • Adaptability
  • All-around friendliness
  • Intelligence
  • Popularity
  • Trainability


  • Distant with strangers
  • Independent
  • Protective
  • Stubborn

Common Health Problems

  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy Polyneuropathy in dogs and cats is a collection of peripheral nerve disorders that often are breed-related in these animals.
  • Elbow dysplasia Elbow dysplasia is a condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it.
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteochondritis dissecans is a joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone.
  • Panosteitis Panosteitis is an occasionally seen long bone condition in large breed dogs.

Top Tips for Caring for a Tibetan Mastiff

  • Early socialisation with children, strangers and other animals is important so they don't become aggressively territorial or unfriendly
  • Requires firm and consistent training to control territorial and independent nature, as well as their tendency to bark
  • Make sure your Tibetan Mastiff always has access to shade and plenty of water in hot weather
  • Needs grooming multiple times a week, occasionally trimming the long hair to keep it at a manageable length

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