Tibetan Mastiff

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Tibetan Mastiff History

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, strong, heavy-boned, and muscular mastiff originating from Tibet. The Tibetan Mastiff is the national dog of Tibet, and it is also widely revered in other Buddhist nations such as Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. The Tibetan Mastiff is a herding and guard dog that was originally bred to guard livestock and property. The tallest recorded living male is a 2.28 m (7.5 ft) long, 107 kg (237 lb) tall, 5-year-old named “Daiwa”. The shortest living male is a 1.60 m (5.2 ft) long, 47.6 kg (104 lb) tall, 2.5-year-old named “Shika”. The youngest known female is 1.25 m (4.1 ft) tall and weighs 54.4 kg (119 lb). The tallest and heaviest female was 1.41 m (4.6 ft) tall and weighed 65.5 kg (145 lb). The Tibetan Mastiff has a long history in Tibet, where it was revered as a sacred and divine being. The mastiff was depicted in ancient art, and it was also depicted in religious texts that described its symbolic importance to the Tibetan culture.

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Himalayan Wolf, Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff Physical Characteristics

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, large-boned, muscular, strong, and hardy breed that is typically standing 28 to 30 inches at the shoulders, weighing between 110 and 150 pounds, and having a head-to-body length of 6 to 8 feet. They have a thick, long coat that is harsh, coarse, and straight; the body is heavy, bulky, and deep; and the gait is trot. They have triangular-shaped ears; a black nose; almond-shaped eyes; and pendant tail. Their facial skin folds forward and is wrinkled. Their body is powerful and tough, and their temperament is aggressive and stubborn.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 100 – 160 lbs

Female Weight Range: 75 – 120 lbs

Tibetan Mastiff Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Tibetan Mastiff Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hyperthyroidism

Tibetan Mastiff Temperament and Behaviour

The Tibetan Mastiff is an alert and intelligent breed. They are a very protective and courageous dog that is loyal to its family and can be wary of strangers. The are very gentle and sensitive, and make wonderful companions. They are highly tolerant of children, but should always be supervised around small children due to their large size and strength.

Tibetan Mastiff Activity Requirements

Tibetan Mastiffs are a naturally protective and alert breed of dog. They are large, strong, and powerful, making them a great guard dog. Tibetan Mastiffs are not very high-energy. They are calm, relaxed, and easygoing. They do have an independent streak, and they do require an owner who is willing and able to give clear rules and boundaries. If you are looking for a calm and laid-back dog, a Tibetan Mastiff may be right for you. But if you are looking for a highly energetic companion, a Tibetan may not be the best choice. However, they do enjoy a daily walk and some play time.

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Daily Food

4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Tibetan Mastiff is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Tibetan Mastiff is part of the Working group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Tibetan Mastiff is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Tibetan Mastiff is part of the Working Dog group.

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