Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Tibetan Mastiff – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 27 ·

Intelligent, reserved, and independent – that’s what makes the Tibetan Mastiff so great. This giant fluffball of a dog will be a great addition to any home. They may keep to themselves most of the time and may also need early socialization, but they’ll fit right in with your family.

Let’s learn more about the great Tibetan Mastiff.


We weren’t joking when we said this dog breed is a giant fluffball. Females are slightly smaller than males, but this doggo can grow to be about 24 to 26 inches tall and weigh between 70 to 150 pounds. Via…

This pooch has a medium double coat that can shed quite a bit. Needless to say, Tibetan Mastiffs are not hypoallergenic.

Tibetan Mastiffs can come in various coat colors such as:

  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Blue
  • Blue Gray
  • Blue Gray & Tan
  • Brown
  • Brown & Tan
  • Cream
  • Cream Sable
  • Red Gold
  • Red Gold Sable

Sometimes, their coat will have white markings on them as well. 


If you’re looking for a calm pup, then look no further. Tibetan Mastiffs are mellow, sweet with family members, and aloof. They may be reserved around strangers, but they’ll be okay with kids and other dogs or pets in the house. You’ll need to start socializing and training them early. Luckily, they’re moderately easy to train. So, if you start early enough, they should catch on.

Tibetan Mastiffs make excellent guard dogs and watchdogs. They’ll protect the home and will only bark when they feel something is off. You’ll be able to let them outside in the fenced-in backyard and know that the kids are being watched over. 

Caring for your Tibetan Mastiff

Despite its size, the Tibetan Mastiff has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. You can ensure they live a long, healthy life by taking them to the veterinarian regularly each year.


Even though it looks like they have a lot of fur, the Tibetan Mastiff doesn’t require much grooming. They have a heavy, wooly undercoat with a topcoat that’s coarse. They don’t shed but blow their coat once per year. Therefore, you’ll want to brush their fur at least once per week to ensure their coat doesn’t get tangled or knotted. When they blow their undercoat, you’ll have to brush more frequently than once a week and use a de-shedding tool to keep it at bay.

As always, you want to brush their teeth regularly and trim their nails.


Believe it or not, Tibetan Mastiffs don’t need to eat as much, despite their size. Instead, they’ll need high-quality dog food, whether it’s a commercial brand or homemade. You can talk to your vet about the best meal plan for your dog’s diet. Every furry friend has different nutritional needs. Iz…


This dog breed has moderate energy levels. In addition, they have moderate exercise needs. However, they aren’t satisfied with a long walk or rounds of fetch in the backyard. They like to work and need plenty of mental stimulation as well as keeping physically fit.

Give a Tibetan Mastiff a work-related task. They’ll work hard and then snooze for the rest of the afternoon. Thanks to their heavy coat, this pooch will seem more active in the cooler months than the warmer ones.

Health problems

There are some health issues to keep an eye out for in this dog breed. For example, Tibetan Mastiffs can get elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye anomalies (entropion or ectropion), and seizures.

This is one of the reasons why they’ll need to go to the vet regularly. You’ll be able to run various tests such as an elbow evaluation, hip evaluation, thyroid evaluation, or ophthalmologist evaluation. Then you can catch these health conditions right away. This is Nala…

Where to buy a Tibetan Mastiff

Unfortunately, this purebred is rare in the United States. However, you can check your local shelter and also search for breed-specific rescues. They might have a Tibetan Mastiff puppy or adult dog for adoption. Your best bet will most likely be a reputable breeder, though.

Before buying a puppy from any breeder, please do your research and get to know them first. Also, feel free to shop around for breeder to ensure your choosing the right one.

How much does a Tibetan Mastiff cost?

Did you know that female Tibetan Mastiffs have a single oestrus per year? That means they typically have a litter of puppies in December or January since they’ll mate in the fall. Therefore, the price of Tibetan Mastiff puppies will rise if they’re in higher demand and hard to come by. However, one litter of puppies for this breed can have five to 12 puppies, which is a lot! Via Alena…

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With that said, if you go through a reputable breeder, the cost of a Tibetan Mastiff puppy can be anywhere between $2,500 and $4,000. Unfortunately, this purebred is rare in the United States, so they may even go as high as $6,000.

If you get this pooch from a rescue or shelter, then chances are they’ll be less than $1,000.

Fun fact: the world’s most expensive dog sold was a Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash. He was bought for 1.5 million dollars!

Should you get a Tibetan Mastiff?

A Tibetan Mastiff is a loveable floof of a dog. They’ll make a great addition to any home. As long as you can handle their size, train and socialize them properly, and care for their grooming needs, this pooch will be your new four-legged friend.

Similar reading: check out these other large dog breeds

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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