Tibetan mastiff

Other names: Tibetan Mastiff, Do-Khyi, Tibetan Mastiff

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From the first glance, we quickly understand that the Tibetan Mastiff is cut out for mountain rudeness and guarding. Dog with a strong character, even difficult, he rarely shows his affection even if he remains loyal to his family. His imposing build and his natural distrust of strangers make him an excellent watchdog. Nevertheless, he is not the ideal dog for children, as his behavior is somewhat unpredictable. Serious and serious in appearance, powerful and endowed with a good bone structure, he shows off his strength and resistance in all situations.



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Hair type Long
Origin China
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 64 kg to 82 kg From 61 cm to 68 cm
Male From 64 kg to 82 kg From 66 cm to 71 cm
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History of the breed

The Tibetan Mastiff was traditionally used by nomadic herdsmen in the Himalayas , but also as a guard dog in Tibetan monasteries. The first historical traces of the breed date back to Antiquity, since it was notably mentioned by Aristotle. Marco Polo also evokes the Tibetan Mastiff by describing his Asian journeys. One of the first representatives of the breed to arrive in Europe is a male offered to Queen Victoria in 1847. It was sent to him by the Viceroy of India, Lord Hardinge. Three decades later, Edward VII , then Prince of Wales, brought 2 Tibetan Mastiffs to England. In the meantime, the birth of one of the first recorded litters takes place at the Berlin Zoo in 1878.

Tibetan Mastiff Pictures

Photo of Maysum du Domaine de Toundra, Tibetan MastiffPhoto of h'karma kala, Tibetan MastiffPhoto of GVR Yankee, Tibetan MastiffPhoto of Parisian, Tibetan MastiffPhoto of Nasledie Tibeta Dagdan, aka Dag, Tibetan MastiffPhoto by RAOUL of the tibetian lion, Tibetan mastiff

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Physical features

His hair : it is long and straight. It is accompanied by an abundant and thick undercoat, rather supplied in the cold season. The hair is never silky, curly or wavy.
Her color : her dress is black, with or without tan markings. It can also be blue or gold, with or without tawny markings there too. Colors should be pure.
Its head : broad and heavy, with a strongly developed occipital protuberance. The skull is strong and slightly rounded, while the muzzle, thick and of good width, has a square tip. The stop is well marked.
Its ears : triangular in shape and medium in size, the ears are drooping, hang against the head and move forward when something is focusing the dog’s attention.
His eyes : are medium in size, set wide apart and oval in shape. Their color, brown, should be as dark as possible.
His body : the overall appearance of the body gives off a feeling of strength. The back is straight and muscular, while the chest, of moderate width, is quite high. The croup is broad and relatively flat.
Its tail : Endowed with abundant hair, the tail is set high and curls over the back when the dog is in action, but does not form a tight curl. The tail length is medium.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

If the Tibetan Mastiff has all the physical skills of a particularly dissuasive watchdog , it also has the behavioral traits. Protector, faithful to his family and having an exacerbated sense of territory, he will stand up to any stranger who dares to approach him. He remains fairly independent and his character is unpredictable, which does not make him the best dog for children. His impressive build is generally enough for him to gain respect from potential aggressors.

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Due to its large size and strong character , the Tibetan Mastiff should be educated firmly, but not excessively . Dominator and knowing how to take advantage of his size, he must benefit from quality socialization from an early age in order to get him used to the presence of congeners, other people and animals belonging to other species.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Obviously, a small apartment nestled high in a building is not the ideal living environment for a dog the size of the Tibetan Mastiff. This breed is rather intended for people with a garden or living in the countryside . That said, it can adapt to urban life as long as it is walked regularly.


Ease of gaining weight

The Tibetan Mastiff is renowned for its resistance and hardiness . His physical constitution means that he is not in particularly fragile health, but we must still pay attention to certain ailments : epilepsy, demodicosis (follicular mange), eye diseases. Hip dysplasia is also one to watch out for, but the Tibetan Mastiff is not more prone to it than other large dogs.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 12 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Tibetan Mastiff dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Tibetan Mastiff is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Its very full dress and its generous coat make the Tibetan Mastiff call for regular maintenance . We recommend that you brush thoroughly and vigorously every week to keep your coat clean and beautiful.

A weekly brushing, carried out in a complete way, on the whole surface of the coat, makes it possible to ensure the hygiene of the dog and to preserve the natural beauty of his coat.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Tibetan Mastiff is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Tibetan Mastiff is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Tibetan Mastiff needs daily or even bi-daily outings. This lover of the great outdoors is not hyperactive, but he cannot stand for long not being able to stretch his paws. The leash walk needs to be worked on very early so he doesn’t start pulling too hard, which would make him almost impossible to control as an adult.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1961


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