Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 140-200 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Guardian Dogs
Protective and territorial, Tibetan mastiffs treat strangers with extreme
suspicion and can be aggressive with other dogs.
With their families they are loving, but not needy, and are good with children
if socialized with them at an early age. Early obedience training and skilled
handling are a must. Tibetan mastiffs do best in large, open spaces.
The outercoat is hard, straight, fairly long, thick, and fluffed out by
the undercoat, which is heavy and woolly in cold weather, sparse in warmer
The neck and shoulders are heavily coated, giving a mane-like appearance.
The tail is bushy and curls over the back.
Coat color is rich black, black and tan, brown, various shades of gold or
gray, or gray with gold markings. A white star on the breast and white markings
on the feet may appear. Tan and gold markings appear above the eyes, on
the lower part of the leg, and on the tip of the tail.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Tibetan mastiffs should be brushed daily. These large dogs are low energy
but need a few brisk, long walks daily to keep them from gaining too much
weight and developing joint problems.
The Tibetan mastiff was bred more than a thousand years ago to guard livestock
and property in the rugged Himalayas.
The Tibetan mastiff is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners or for
city or apartment life.
Breed-related health concerns: hip dysplasia, bloat, hypothyroidism.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club