Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Information


Tibetan Mastiff Quick Facts
Tibetan Mastiff
Breed Group: Mastiff
Origen: China, Tibet
Nickname: Do-Khyi
Weight: 140-170 lbs
Height: 25-28 inches
Color(s): Black and tan, golden brown, plain black, or grey with or without tan markings.


Tibetan Mastiff Appearance

The Tibetan Mastiff is a heavy, powerful dog that is longer than it is tall. It is considered a primitive breed. The Tibetan Mastiff is muscled and well built dog with kindly appearance. The Tibetan Mastiff is built to combine strength and agility. The head is wide and heavy; the face is heavily wrinkled with a square muzzle and broad nose.

The ears are drop and it has a medium to long tail that is set high and curled over. The front legs are straight with feathering. The feet are cat-like and may have feathering between the toes. His double coat is thick and of medium length. The coloring of the coat can vary and includes Black and tan, golden brown, plain black, or grey with or without tan markings. The weight of the Tibetan Mastiff is around 100-140 pounds; and the height around 27-30 inches.

Tibetan Mastiff Temperament

The Tibetan Mastiff is highly independent, determined and territorial. It has a serious yet calm expression that put off potential intruders by appearance and size alone. It is also highly intelligent and learns quickly, although they can be dominant and stubborn sometimes. They are aloof toward strangers but extremely devoted to their family.

Proper socialization at early age is essential. It is very protective and makes a good guard. The tibetan mastiff is usually gentle and patient with the children, but they need to be supervised as may be overprotective on guarding their home against visiting children or adults that may appear intimidating to them. They are generally fine to dogs and other animals.

Is Tibetan Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large and powerful dog that tends to be calm indoors and is moderately active outside, they needs a fair amount of exercise to keep fit and healthy. When confined to even a large space, the breed can become bored, frustrated and destructive. They are considered skilled demolition experts and can also enjoy digging in some cases.

The Tibetan Mastiff needs an owner that has the confidence and assertiveness to handle him properly, with consistent and positive training. The Tibetan Mastiff can live in an apartment life if they are very well exercised. They are best suited for a rural or suburban environment but his time needs to be well divided between in and out as they need to feel integrated to the family. Sometime they like to bark loudly at nigh.

Tibetan Mastiff Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Tibetan Mastiff is around 11-14 years.

Tibetan Mastiff Health problems

The Tibetan Mastiff is relatively healthy. There are some concern associated with this breed including CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), hip dysplasia, thyroid problems, eye disorders, allergies, autoimmune problems, seizures and canine inherited neuropathy.

Tibetan Mastiff Care and Grooming

The Tibetan Mastiff needs a long walk each day to keep in good mental and physical condition. The weather resistant coat allows them to be comfortable in cold temperatures and surprisingly relaxed in warm temperatures as well. But they are not well suited for hot, humid climates. The Tibetan Mastiff is ideal for those with little time to dedicate to grooming; he is a low maintenance dog. You can keep his coat in good condition by brushing on a weekly basis; although this will need to be increased during periods of heavier shedding. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Tibetan Mastiff Shedding

The Tibetan Mastiff is a medium shedder, therefore, is not well suited to allergy sufferers.