Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Introduction:

For many hundreds of years the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed was not able to be owned by outsiders (other than native Tibetans). Now after several more hundred years the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed is available to anyone who has the means available to properly take care of one. If that future dog owner is you, there are many reputable Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders in your area. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive dog breeder directory to find cute Tibetan Mastiff puppies for sale and Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders near you.

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Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Temperament:

The intention for the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed, was to protect and guard their owners flocks. With the natural predators in most areas of Tibet as large as wolves and leopards, the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed had to be fierce and tenacious. The Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders of today selectively breed in more gentle and sociable traits so they can thrive in family settings. A generously large fenced in yard is the only acceptable sized space for the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed because they need the space to stretch their legs and play. Those who live in apartments are not good candidates to own a Tibetan Mastiff dog. The Western-bred Tibetan Mastiff is a bit more easy going, but still alert and uncertain of strangers until properly introduced. The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed does not do well if kept outside during night hours. The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed will often sleep during the day and be more active at night. Neighbors will not enjoy the barking that will almost definitely ensue if your dog takes notice of the other nocturnal animals.

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Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Appearance:

The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed, unlike most mastiff’s, have a long double coat. The coat length is dependent upon the climate of where the dog was originated. The fur coat colors of the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed come in variations of gold, blue/gray, chocolate brown, as well as a rare all white. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive dog breeder directory to find cute Tibetan Mastiff puppies for sale and Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders near you. Many large dog breed owners complain of unpleasant “dog” smell from all the dirt that accumulates on the coat. Tibetan Mastiff dog owners don’t have to worry about that. What the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed has that others don’t is a fur coat with the ability to shed off dirt and odors. There is almost a continual shedding system for the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed, as well as a once a year “molt” during the months leading up to spring. Depending on the climate, there might also be a later summer molt that is less intense, but non the less, if you are wanting to own a Tibetan Mastiff, be prepared to spend some time at the doggy beauty salon, as well as spending a few hours on general up keep every week at home.

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Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed History and Origins:

Tibetan monks have long since been known to be a very private and spiritual people. The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed was originated within the Tibetan walls, and allowed for a select few to have one. It wasn’t until later that Tibet cut off access to their sanctuary to westerners, thus keeping the Tibetan Mastiff and perfecting the breed without any outside influences. Several hundred years went by when in the mid 1800′s, a Tibetan Mastiff was gifted to Queen Victoria of England by the Dalli Lama. From that the desire to have a Tibetan Mastiff dog grew, and more of the dog breed was imported to England. The British then began to refine and standardize the breed of what we now see today. It is sad to say that currently the Tibetan Mastiff is a rare sight to see in their native land of Tibet. This is in part because they are now exporting the majority of Tibetan Mastiff puppies. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive dog breeder directory to find cute Tibetan Mastiff puppies for sale and Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders near you.
Most recently in 1980, the breed began to gain in popularity worldwide once again. The Tibetan Mastiff dog breed is still considered somewhat uncommon, but due to numerous organizations recognizing the breed, more Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders are stepping up to continue the legacy of the dog breed. Early Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders only had a limited availability of studs and dams to choose, and have had to work hard at reducing the genetic defects that can be breed in. Many Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders will do an international exchange to introduce new bloodlines to the gene pool. Its amazing to know that it took until 2008, before the Tibetan Mastiff competed for the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Mortality:

The life expectancy of the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed is not like the rest of the large dog breeds. Instead of the 7 to 10 year life span, the Tibetan Mastiff should live up to 15 years of age, with some exceeding that number. With the fact that the breed was isolated from bad breeding history, they do not suffer from the typical ailments that are abundant in large breeds. Such as: hypothyroidism, entropion, ectropion, skin problems including allergies, autoimmune problems including demodex, missing teeth, malocclusion (overbite or underbite), cardiac problems, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataract, and small ear canals with a tendency for infection. Less than 5% of the population of Tibetan Mastiffs are affected.

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed Summary:

There is something to be said when you see someone walking by with a Tibetan Mastiff. They have such a prowess about them, that most people won’t approach you just based on the sheer size of the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed. The Tibetan Mastiff may not be for everyone, but its only because there are certain requirements for owning one. It takes a lot of responsibility to own any dog for that matter, but when you do decide, and learn all you can before taking the plunge that’s when you know you’re ready. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive dog breeder directory to find cute Tibetan Mastiff puppies for sale and Tibetan Mastiff dog breeders near you.

33 Responses to “Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed”

  1. anil gaba says:

    i love this dog ….
    i wanna puppies … this breed

  2. Maria Gonzales says:

    I have never seen these dogs before they are big and beautiful. I would like to see one in person.

  3. jill nagel says:

    omg omg omg! is that for real? i want that breed of dog so badly, but I don’t think my house would be big enough for it. I only have a little pug. She is probably half the size of that dog’s head!

  4. jill nagel says:

    I’m so sorry. I looked again. My pug is probably 1/4 of that dog’s head!

  5. employee says:

    These dogs are definitely one of a kind!

  6. Black Eaegle says:

    I realy need own one of the great DOGS Tibetan Mastiff but, I need help and, I ready to pay amount for that currently, I live in Kirkuk in Iraq if I see any realy response on my request, I will put my full address to arrange the agreement with any one who interest and love the mentioned Kinds
    Endless love for any helpers

  7. michelle says:

    You really need to make sure this is the dog for you ! They are very strong and hard headed. They take alot to train. They are a great dog but takes 5 yrs for a male to become an adult so they don’t get that big overnight. Black Eaegle i do know a great breeder if interested.

  8. Hello,We own WILD MOUNTAIN TIBETAN MASTIFFS and if you are serious about a puppy you can visit my site,we are listed as Breeders on here and have beautiful puppies every fall

  9. michelle says:

    You found it ya!! Thought u might like this Linda

  10. Shelli says:

    I was just watching the 2010 Westminster Kennel show on TV and saw the “working class” portion. I’ve never seen or heard of the Tibetan Mastiff, I rushed over the my computer and googled them :) I’m in love they are beautiful. I’m in Canada and now i’ll be looking for a breeder.

  11. michelle says:

    Linda is a great breeder!! Tibetan’s only have litters once a yr. They have them between October and December.

  12. lolA says:

    back at nepal, my family owned a tibetan mastiff.. his name was alice
    they are very loyal .. our dog lived for about 17 years…
    our family had two dogs, alice would always stay home besides my grandpa but the other dog sergeant would always go off somewhere :D i <3 these dogs!!

  13. lolA says:

    hehehhee .. and these dogs are kinda common back at my village..

  14. Aphewat says:

    I am looking for a “Tibetan Mastiff” puppy, I may can found the puppy in your web site. I am interesting. I prefer he is a male. He is a show quality or not is not important for me. But he must pure bred, beauty, good quality with strong and heathly. Also is it possible to deliver him to Thailand? If so, please check for me the freight cost too. Thanks!

    Best regards,

  15. Brenda Lott says:

    The large cream dog in the middle of page with the blonde lady is not a Tibetan Mastiff, it is a Caucasian Ovcharka. Who put this crap together? Much of the health information is WRONG in re to Tibetan Mastiffs, as well. I have yet to see a TM live to the age of 15. Age 13 is even unusual. This breed IS prone to hip dysplasia, ectropian, entropian and hypothyroidism. The TM is NOT an appropriate breed for a first dog or for anyone who has not had experience with large Working breeds. A 6′ fenced yard is a must and this dog does not do well as a chained dog and can become agressive if not well socialized as a very young pup and throughout its life.

    As the Tibetan Mastiff becomes more widely known we are seeing a large number of breeder returns and rescues as the general public are not equipped to manage a Tibetan Mastiff. My purpose is not to discourage, but to inform – these are not “easy dogs” and they are certainly not labrador retrievers in a big furry suit.

    Better information is available at: http://www.tibetanmastiffinfo.com/ or via the AKC breed specific website.

  16. Tenzin Sherabb says:

    Tibetan Mastiff made me feel proud. I’m a Tibetan who Belongs to TIBET. And that Mastiff and I belong to same county called TIBET.

  17. Soanm Choden says:

    Tibetan mastiff are the real gaurdian.even i had one.and wish to keep again.

  18. Ivan says:

    My friends Lynda & ian visited Bhutan & told me all about this breed of dog which I think is fantastic!
    My son (an army officer) wants a big dog he was thinking of a Newfoundland but i think he would really prefer pone of these beautiful creatures. Can anyone give me the names of reputable breeders & if anyone would take the trouble of sending me pictures I would be very grateful.

    I ahve always beena Rhodesian Ridgeback fan becasue they were rare athletic & loyal now i think I am Tibetan Mastiff converted!

    Thank you

    Ivan 07970 377669

  19. Carl says:

    I own a 165 pound, 33inch, male, neutered, Tibetan Mastiff, and he is well socialized but he’s still a beast on a leash. Other dogs are intimidated by him and act very aggressively (big dogs and small). My wife and teenage boys can’t walk him and it’s a lot for me, and I’m six-foot 210 pounds. There are two other TMs in my town: one can’t be let of the backyard and the other one won’t let anyone near him. I love my dog, but they shouldn’t be sold to just anyone–IF AT ALL. And you can’t let them off the leash or train them to “come.” To say they’re head strong is an understatement, and if you think you can leave one of these dogs at home while you go to work you’re crazy.

  20. Tiffany says:

    Oh these dogs are fantastic! I use to look after two of them while their owners went away for business.They’re absolutely adorable.I’m getting one over the summer but beware for people who have never experienced being in the presence of a Tibetan Mastiff and are getting one make sure they are very socialized which helps them be more familiar so over crowded places.These dogs are really hard to train and I had to help the owners train their two dogs (clearly,it wasn’t easy.) Make sure this dog is the right dog for you and do your research before you get one!

  21. Ward says:

    I just heard of a chinese businessman paying over $1000 for a Tibetan Mastiff. Beautiful dog, but seriously $10,000 for a dog is what out of my reach!

  22. Barbara says:

    @Ward – I suppose you’ve probably seen it by now, but one sold last week for $1.5 MILLION! Unfortunately, they are being bought as status symbols.

  23. ashley says:

    just wanted to mention that the dog in the picture right above “breed appearance” isn’t a tibetan mastiff….it’s a caucasian mountain dog. ;]

  24. domi says:

    Kailas, my blue (grey) Tibetan Mastiff is over 14. Before him I had Tingri, black and tan. Once you’ve owned one of these dogs, you don’t want any other. Kailas came to the university with me and just slept under my table during lessons, is great with kids (and cats) but also an excellent guard dog.

  25. rick says:

    we have a 5 month old TM male who has severe food and crate aggression have been working with trainer and breeder starting to get very concerned he will bite us any suggestions would be most appreciated other then these issues he is awesome

  26. Irene James says:


    We are looking to buy a brown tibetan mastiff puppy.
    Please quote including shipping to India, Mumbai City


  27. Coco De says:

    I am fortunate to have two Tibetan Mastiff’s. I live in a really tiny house with a big yard. My dogs are a joy anywhere I take them, including a drive in the car. They are a favorite at the kids softball games. So beautiful,strong, and elegant. They are certainly independent and intelligent; if their looks could talk. I am impressed with how gentle and mannerly they are as well as how loyal they are to my family. They are a working breed; If we aren’t home anyone would know not to enter our property, the dogs will now allow it.

  28. tseringchomphel says:

    i know almost all breed of dog but tibet mustif dog i always says this is the best dog and i really love it . and love to have one my own one day

  29. Aphewat says:

    I am looking for the Tibetan Mastiff puppy. Anyone have puppy available at this moment? If available, how much ? I request she is pure breed, no need a show quality, I don’t want to pay more expensive, strong, beautifull, lovely, big is good enough, any colors is okay. I want she is the gift for my wife. Also please check for me the price from your place deliver to Thailand, how much cost?

  30. aphewat says:


    I am looking for the Tibetan Mastiff puppy. Do you have available puppy for sales at this moment?

    Your sincerely,

  31. tom says:

    Meanest breed I’ve ever encountered!

  32. zb says:

    I know a china tibetan mastiff breeding kennel http://www.chinaao.cn which have many lovely puppies available every year.They also guide you how to pugchase their puppy in English

  33. Victoria says:

    Thats a big puppy :)

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