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Tibetan Mastiff

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

One of the oldest known breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff is a large guardian breed originating from the Tibetan Plateau in China. He originated with the nomadic cultures of Tibet and Nepal, being used by local tribes of Tibetans to protect sheep from predators such as wolves, leopards & bears. The Tibetan Mastiff is believed to be the foundation stock for many of the molossus breeds known today.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 10 to 12 years. 


The Tibetan Mastiff is a loyal companion and guardian. Slow to mature, he is independently minded, aloof with strangers and protective of home and family. He is calm and patient with his family.

General Breed Description

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, powerful, yet agile dog. The head provides a noble, dignified look, enhanced by a mane, which is more pronounced in males.  As a socialised domestic dog, he can thrive in a spacious, fenced yard with a canine companion. Like all guardian breeds, he is intelligent and stubborn to a fault, so obedience training is recommended from an early age. Colours may vary from rich black to gold and black and tan.

Coat and Care Requirements

The coat of a Tibetan Mastiff lacks the unpleasant big-dog smell that affects many large breeds. The coat, whatever its length or colour, should shed dirt and odors. There is generally one great moult in late winter or early spring and sometimes another, lesser moult in the late summer.


Height: Males 66cms (26 ins) minimum height, Females 61cms (24 ins) minimum height.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders in is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Tibetan Mastiff is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. 


The protectiveness of Tibetan Mastiffs requires alertness and planning by the owner in order to avoid mishaps when the dog is simply performing as a guardian. Correct socialisation as a pup is extremely important. The breed is NOT recommended for novice dog owners.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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