Tibetan Mastiff

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Is the Tibetan Mastiff right for you?

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The basics:
The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed which originated in the Himalayan mountains and the high plains of Central Asia. They were traditionally used to watch over the nomads’ tents and other belongings and guard their livestock against marauding wolves or snow leopards.

In 1847, a Tibetan Mastiff was brought to England and given as a gift to Queen Victoria by the British Viceroy to India. According to the American Tibetan Mastiff Association (ATMA), "Two more Tibetan Mastiffs were brought into England in 1874 by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and they were exhibited at the Alexandra Palace Show, December 1875. From then until 1928, there was a trickle of imports into England and Europe. In 1928, the Hon. Colonel and Mrs. Bailey imported four Tibetan Mastiffs which they obtained while Colonel Bailey was on duty as Political Officer in Sikkim, Nepal, and Tibet. In 1931 Mrs. Bailey formed the Tibetan Breeds Association in England and the first official standard for the breed was adopted by The Kennel Club."

Appearance / health:
The Tibetan Mastiff is a noble and impressive dog. It has a muscular and powerfully built body structure with a gentle, yet alert expression. The body is longer than it is tall. The head is large with deep sized eyes and medium sized ears that drop forward. It has a muscular neck and a straight topline. The chest is deep. The front legs are straight and sturdy, while the hind legs show a gentle angulation. The bushy tail is carried over the back, falling towards the loin.
Tibetan Mastiffs may need regular brushing, especially when they are shedding. However, this breed does not require trimming or stripping. Tibetan Mastiffs usually retain their longer outer hair until fall, when the undercoat begins to grow.
This breed requires a good amount of exercise, including the opportunity to run off the leash in a safe area.
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally quite a healthy breed. However, they may be susceptible to hip dysplasia (a crippling condition caused by a malformation of the hip joints), skin conditions, thyroid problems, and ear infections. Tibetan Mastiffs are also prone to canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy (CIDN), an incurable inherited condition specific to this breed. Symptoms appear around six to seven months of age and include weakening rear legs leading to paralysis, diminished reflexes, and inability to bark.

Behavior / temperament:
Tibetan Mastiffs take a long time to mature. Digging is a common behavior seen in the Tibetan Mastiff breed. This tendency combined with their high intelligence and curiosity can wreak havoc on most gardens. Without extensive early socialization and training, Tibetan Mastiffs can be extremely difficult to manage.
Unlike the easily trainable breeds, training the Tibetan Mastiff requires great patience, as these dogs were bred to be independent.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong tendency to bark in the night, which may cause serious inconvenience in an urban setting.


Amazing guard dog, great temperaments, affectionate, loyal companion, teddy bear dog, docile indoor pet


hip dysplasia, fence, free feed, small children, night barkers, inexperienced owners


muscular strong build, growth rate, deep intimidating bark, livestock, coarse top coat

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