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Tibetan Mastiff

General Description

The Tibetan Mastiff is quiet, watchful, and protective of his family, including other pets, and he is inclined to be gentle with and tolerant of children. He has an independent nature with a determined and territorial temperament.

General Health

The Tibetan Mastiff has some health conditions that can be a concern. They include hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, persistent pupillary membranes (an eye disorder), and canine-inherited demyelinative neuropathy.

Hereditary Illnesses

They include hip and elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, seizures and canine inherited demyelinative neuropathy. ... Having the dogs "vet checked" is not a substitute for genetic health testing.

Character and Temperament

Stubborn, Aloof, Tenacious, Strong-Willed, Intelligent, Protective


No special dietary requirements


The Mastiff's size makes him unsuited for apartment living. Tibetan Mastiffs are usually active in the morning and evening. If your schedule doesn't allow you to exercise them during these times, this may not be the breed for you. They are generally calm indoors.


The Tibetan Mastiff does require regular bathing and brushing. This intelligent dog can be bathed as frequently as weekly up to no longer than every 6 weeks. This coat needs to be brushed weekly in order to prevent the dog from becoming matted and tangled.


The Tibetan Mastiff is a large Tibetan dog breed belonging to the mastiff family. Originating with the nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Mongolia, India and Nepal, it is used by local tribes of Tibetans and Indians to protect sheep from wolves, leopards, bears, large mustelids, and tigers


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