Facts about Tibetan Mastiff Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Tibetan Mastiff puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed Information and History

There are no accurate records about the history of these dogs. What is known is that this is an ancient breed that originated in Tibet and was used to guard livestock and property.

Dogs similar to the Tibetan Mastiff were known in China more than 3,000 years ago.

Some of them have accompanied the armies of the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans as far west as Europe, where they became the foundation not only for all Mastiff type breeds but for most of today's large working breeds.

After Tibet turned its back to the West, the breed continued being developed in almost complete isolation. It was not exported until 1847, when a Tibetan Mastiff was presented to Queen Victoria.

Later, more dogs were exported to England, where the breed was refined and given its official name by The Kennel Club of England.

It's believed that the first Tibetan Mastiffs in the U.S. were a gift to President Eisenhower.

Physical Characteristics of Tibetan Mastiff Puppies

This is a large and powerful dog.

Its body is longer than it's tall. It has a broad head with a square muzzle and wide nose, almond shaped brown and slanted eyes, and drop ears. The tail is long, well feathered and curls over the back.

The double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a straight, harsh outer coat. There is feathering on the neck, chest and hind legs.

The coat comes in black, tan, black and tan, brown, gold, gray and blue, or gray, tan, and blue, with tan markings under the tail, around the eyes, lower legs, and on the muzzle.

    Height Weight
  Male 26 - 30 inches 100 - 160 pounds
  Female 24 - 28 inches 100 - 160 pounds


The Tibetan Mastiff is an independent, reserved, and occasionally stubborn dog. It has a very strong protective instinct and makes an excellent guard.

It's loyal and affectionate with its family, including children, but reserved and wary with strangers.

Because of its strong protective instinct, it should not be left unsupervised with small children. Not because it will try to hurt them but because it may misinterpret their interaction with others and may try to protect them.

Tibetan Mastiffs are notorious barkers, especially at night. Never leave them outside.

Digging and jumping are other activities they are famous for. To prevent your pet from escaping, you need at least a six foot fence set on an undiggable surface (an electronic dog fence will not stop this breed from escaping). Visit stop dog from jumping on fence and stop dog from digging to learn more about these behaviors and how to prevent them.

It will do well with other animals, especially if raised with them. It's a good idea to always supervise the Tibetan Mastiff when it meets a new pet for the first time.

The dogs native to Tibet are not well domesticated and are ferocious. The dogs bred by British have a much nicer disposition. They are obedient and much easier to control.

With proper leadership and puppy socialization training, this can be a very good family pet and companion.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

These dogs require a firm and experienced owner who can establish his or her dominance while the dog is still a puppy.

Since these dogs are known to be occasionally stubborn, patience is an important quality to have when training them. If you are too harsh or hit them, they will become even more stubborn or may even attack you.

Some Tibetan Mastiff breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

Like all dogs, the Tibetan Mastiff needs to get regular exercise.

Young puppies need less exercise then older dogs. Make sure not to put too much stress on their soft and growing bones, joints, and ligaments when exercising.

Because of the breed's size, whether it's an adult dog or a puppy, jogging puts too much stress on its joints and is not recommended.

A couple of walks every day will provide enough exercise to keep your pet in shape. Make sure not to overexercise them in a hot weather.

The Tibetan Mastiff is not suited for an apartment lifestyle.


These dogs shed heavily over a 2 to 3 week period in late spring and early summer. When shedding, brush and comb daily for at least half hour.

For the rest of the year, they virtually don't shed. Brushing and combing several times per week will be enough.

Tibetan Mastiff Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Tibetan Mastiff breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Tibetan Mastiff puppy is around 15 years. That's a very long lifespan, especially for a large breed.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Tibetan Mastiff rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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