Tibetan Mastiff – Complete Profile, History, and Care

All you need to know about the Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breeds. A complete profile on the breed information, history, personality, adaptability, food, and care, etc.,

Dog Breed Group

Working Dogs



2 feet to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder



75 to 160 pounds


Life Span:

10 to 14 years



Black, Brown,
Red Gold,
Blue Gray,
Black & Tan,
Brown & Tan, 



Overall 80%
Affectionate With Family
Affectionate with Kids
Affectionate with other Dogs
Affectionate with Strangers


Overall 60%
Tolerates Being Alone
Tolerates Cold Weather
Tolerates Hot Weather
First Time Owners
For Apartment Living
Sensitivity Level

Health And Grooming

Overall 60%
General Health
Potential For Weight Gain
Breed Size
Shedding Amount
Easy To Groom
Drooling Amount


Overall 60%
Easy To Train
Intelligence Level
Level of Prey Drive
Potential For Mouthiness
Barking & Howling Level
Wanderlust Potential

Physical Needs

Overall 60%
Energy Level
Exercise Needs
Intensity Level
Potential For Playfulness

Overview of Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed:

Tibetan mastiff were used as a guard dogs, especially for the purpose of securing livestocks and property. They also loved for their companionship with family. They are very dutiful towards their masters and when some strangers are nearing them; they make their strong nature coming out to the show. They are a mix of both companions and guarding dogs.


History of Tibetan Mastiff:

Obviously they have originated from Tibet, as the name suggests. Various research says that the Mastiff variety of dogs were in existence even before 5000 years ago. Some DNA studies found that the dog’s DNA matches with some other breeds like Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernard, Bernese mountain dog and Rottweiler.


The Personality of Tibetan Mastiff:

These Tibetan breeds are very stubborn, and they often want their owners to treat him as their own family member. They are very good attention seekers. They also open to the challenges and show their powerful sense in the hard times. The Tibetan Mastiffs are very loyal and fights hard till the last breath if their owner is in trouble.


General Care:

The over exposure to the sun puts Tibetan Mastiff in danger. They tend to live indoors, but a large area is required for them to exercise daily. Take them outside only when the temperature is too less. They require about 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day. Start the specialization classes very earlier, as they will be more smart when they are brought up very early.

Feeding (Diet and Nutrition):

The Tibetan Mastiff’s need more energy as they are not only a companion also, they are guard dogs. Hence they are always on duty. However, the level of feeding only depends on their metabolism. Normally, the Tibetan Mastiff’s eat 4 to 6 cups of high quality dry food. Give them water after an hour of exercise to avoid gastric dilatation volvulus.


Common Health Problems:

Generally, the Tibetan Mastiff’s stay healthy and live longer. But like all the other dog breeds, they too may have certain complications going and going throughout their life. Take them to the vet if you feel something unusual is happening in their body. Some conditions that upsets the breed majorly are as below:

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Panosteitis
  • OsteochondrosisDissecans
  • Autoimmune Hypothyroidism


Coat Color and Grooming:

The Tibetan Mastiff’s have dual coat. The top coat is textured with long and thick hair whereas the undercoat is woolly, soft and heavy. The hair is very straight and they don’t get curly or wavy. The coat Colours are: black, brown, blue, gold and tan markings all over the body. Brush them twice or thrice a week.

Size (Height and Weight):

The Tibetan Mastiffs are more than the average sized dogs. The male dogs usually stand at 26 inches and weighs around 100 to 160 pounds. Some dogs may even weigh more than this. The female breeds average at least 24 inches to the shoulder level. They weigh mostly around 75 to 125 pounds.