Magnificent Tibetan Mastiff

Spanish Mastiff is the English name for the Tibetan Mastiff. This kind of huge dog can withstand extreme weather. So what makes this breed so unique? In the article after this, let’s find out.

Overview of Breeds

GROUP: Working

HEIGHT: At the shoulder, you are 24 to 26 inches tall.

WEIGHT: 70-150 pounds

COAT: The undercoat is thick, soft, and woolly, while the double outer coat is fine but hard, straight, and stand-off.

COLOR OF COAT Brown, blue/gray, black, or gold

TIME FRAME: 10–12 years old

TEMPERAMENT: Intelligent, caring, self-assured, tenacious, and distant


ORIGIN: China (Tibet)

Characteristics of the Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan mastiff breed offers its family unmatched loyalty, devotion, and protection when trained properly. The breed’s natural guarding instincts are heightened at night, and many of these dogs may bark excessively and loudly. To avoid disturbing your neighbors, it is best to keep your mastiff inside at night. Ensure that your property is securely fenced to prevent your dog from escaping during the day or night.

Since some Tibetan mastiffs are aggressive toward other dogs, unfamiliar dogs should be avoided. Keeping dogs of different sexes in the same home generally results in better results than keeping two males or two females.

Compassion Level Low
Friendliness Low
Kid-Friendly Medium
Pet-Friendly Low
Fitness Needs Low
Playfulness Low
Power Level Low
Trainability Low
Intelligence High
Ability to Bark Medium
Size of the Shedding Medium

History of the Tibetan Mastiff

The history of the Tibetan mastiff is obscured by the isolation of its home nation and the absence of written records of breeding. We are aware that the Tibetan mastiff is a long-standing breed with a long history in Central Asia. When the Tibetan mastiff was brought to England and registered in the first studbook of The Kennel Club in 1847, the breed was first made known to people in the West. The breed arrived in the United States in the 1950s after more than 100 years. The American Tibetan Mastiff Association, the breed’s national club in the United States, was established in 1974, and the American Kennel Club granted the breed full recognition in 2006.

When the Tibetan mastiff was the must-have dog for the status-conscious in China in the early to mid-2000s, it wasn’t uncommon to pay upwards of $200,000 for a puppy. The dog is no longer well-liked abroad because the breed has been abandoned and outlawed in some regions of China.

Special handling and care must be given to the Tibetan mastiff. It is imperative that the Tibetan mastiff receive early, intensive socialization. A Tibetan mastiff that has not been properly socialized could develop into a liability. As many people, places, animals, and other things as you can introduce your Tibetan mastiff puppy to while maintaining positive interactions and moving at the dog’s pace.

Some Tibetan mastiffs have trouble accepting strangers or strange animals, even after careful socialization, especially if they enter the dog’s property. When they are not on their own property, many Tibetan mastiffs, especially those who have received adequate socialization, are much more laid back and accepting of strangers.


Exercise for puppies and young adults must be approached cautiously, as it is with all large and giant breeds. The Tibetan mastiff should not engage in repetitive exercise like jogging or jumping until it is at least two years old and is fully mature due to its large size, heavy weight, and propensity for hereditary joint conditions like hip dysplasia. Although the majority of Tibetan mastiffs enjoy daily leisurely walks lasting between 30 and 60 minutes, even fully mature Tibetan mastiffs are not going to be your best agility partner or jogging partner.


The grooming of Tibetan mastiffs is surprisingly simple. Outside of one seasonal shed (usually in spring or summer), the profuse coat sheds very little, losing almost all of its undercoat in a matter of weeks. Expect hair to be everywhere during this heavy shed, but frequent brushing and a few baths can help. The coat sheds very little the rest of the year and only needs to be brushed and bathed once a week when the dog gets dirty.

Your dog requires routine tooth brushing, nail trimming, and coat maintenance in addition to bathing.


Although Tibetan mastiffs have a high level of intelligence and can pick up basic obedience commands quickly, they can also be stubborn and have a tendency to not always do as they are told. Early training is essential, and rules should be consistently upheld over the course of the dog’s life. It is essential for any Tibetan mastiff owner to be able to physically restrain their dog when necessary, whether in public or at home, due to the Tibetan mastiff’s size and natural suspicion of strangers.

The Tibetan mastiff can be challenging to train, even with extensive socialization (which is crucial with this breed). Because of their size and strength, Tibetan mastiffs have heightened protective instincts, so some of them may not always pay attention when their owners tell them that a visitor is welcome and not an intruder to be vanquished.

Common Health Problems

Like many purebred dogs, the Tibetan mastiff is susceptible to specific genetic diseases. In order to prevent passing on inherited diseases, responsible breeders test their adult dogs before breeding them. The American Tibetan Mastiff Association (ATMA) mandates (or suggests, depending on the circumstance) that all member breeders conduct the following health examinations on all dogs before mating them.

  • a dysplastic hip This An abnormal development of one or both hip joints is referred to as an orthopedic condition. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip dysplasia evaluation or a PennHip screening are both required by the ATMA.
  • a dysplastic elbow The elbow joints become malformed and even degenerate as a result of this skeletal condition. Additionally, the ATMA advises breeding dogs to undergo elbow dysplasia screenings (though this is not a requirement).
  • Hypothyroidism: Like in humans, this condition also manifests in dogs. It indicates that the thyroid gland in your dog is not producing enough thyroid hormones. Before breeding, breeders who are ATMA members are required to run a thyroid blood panel on their dogs.
  • advancing retinal atrophy This breed is predisposed to PRA, which impairs your dog’s vision. Blindness results from the degeneration of the eye’s rods, cones, and/or pigmented layer. Breeders must also obtain certification from the OFA’s Companion Animal Eye Registry (CERF).

Diet and Nutrition

Feeding your Tibetan mastiff might be challenging. Many Tibetan mastiffs, despite their enormous size, have much smaller appetites than you might expect. Some Tibetan mastiffs even engage in food boycotts, going without food for extended periods of time. Because of these factors, it’s crucial to give your dog high-quality dog food (consult with your breeder or veterinarian for a recommendation).

To determine how much your Tibetan mastiff consumes and whether it is participating in a food strike, pay attention to how much it eats. Avoid overfeeding your Tibetan mastiff if it has a healthy appetite. Free feeding can result in weight gain, which strains the joints and may worsen existing health conditions. By giving your Tibetan mastiff measured meals, you can monitor how much is being consumed and determine whether it is too much, not enough, or just right.

Where to Adopt or Buy

The Tibetan mastiff is a breed that needs a knowledgeable dog owner. To learn more about what it’s like to live with the breed, anyone thinking about getting a Tibetan mastiff should get in touch with a reputable breeder. On occasion, adult Tibetan mastiffs may need to be rescued. But more often than not, anyone looking for a Tibetan mastiff will need to locate a reliable breeder and join a waitlist for a puppy that is frequently very long. Expect to pay between $1,500 to $5,000 for a purebred Tibetan mastiff.

Here are a few helpful resources to start your search:

Tibetan Mastiff Overview


  • Exceptional guard dog
  • Doesn’t require a lot of exercise
  • Sheds very little outside of the seasonal shedding in spring or summer


  • May be difficult to train
  • Highly territorial; requires intensive socialization
  • May be aggressive with other dogs, especially strange dogs on their property 

More Dog Breeds and Further Research

The Tibetan mastiff breed is rare and a challenge to train. But if you appreciate this dog, you might also like these breeds:

Otherwise, there’s a whole world of potential dog breeds out there—with a little research, you can find the right one to bring home!


    • Is a Tibetan mastiff a good choice for a first-time dog owner?

      The Tibetan mastiff is not well-suited for a first-time dog owner, or those who are new to guardian breeds. This breed is difficult to train and socialize, which requires a confident owner who can be a firm yet fair leader. 

    • Do Tibetan mastiffs get along with children?

      Tibetan mastiffs are devoted to their owners, and usually get along well with children who are part of the family, although the kids must be taught to respect the dog. The breed is not always good with strange children, especially those that run around and scream, or attempt to bother the dog. All interactions between Tibetan mastiffs and children must always be supervised by a responsible adult.

    • Why do Tibetan mastiffs go on food strikes?

      Male Tibetan mastiffs may go on food “strikes” during mating season. When females are in season, males will often refuse to eat for a week or more and can lose a percentage of their body weight. However, both males and females only eat when they are hungry, so it is not uncommon for a Tibetan mastiff to skip a meal altogether even when it’s not mating season.

    • Are Tibetan mastiffs banned in the U.S.?

      It’s rare to hear a report of a Tibetan mastiff attacking a person. This breed of mastiff is not banned in most places in the U.S. The Tibetan mastiff is banned in a couple of spots, such as Washington State and Wisconsin. The breed is banned in Australia (mostly because of their size), but they are considered dangerous animals in the United Kingdom, though the breed is not banned there. Bans on dogs frequently change, so before taking home or traveling with a dog, find out if there is any breed-specific legislation that could affect you.

Wow, isn’t that amazing? I hope you now have a better grasp of the Tibetan dog breed and are better able to determine whether to purchase one or not. Remember to add a remark below web

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