meet theTibetan Mastiff


Training &Temperament

Watchful, aloof, imposing, intimidating: Tibetan Mastiffs are guard dogs supreme. They’re highly protective of family and property, with a streak of strong-willed independence. Happily, the guarding instinct of well-bred TMs is tempered with patience, intelligence, and profound devotion. TMs are loyal, but notorious for not coming when called. “They want to be with you,” an owner says. “It’s just that they think if they’re in the same country, they are with you.” Another says, “It takes a certain type of person to live with a TM.”

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Did You Know?

The Tibetan Mastiff is AKC's 155th breed.

Tibetans believe that Tibetan Mastiffs have the souls of monks and nuns who were not good enough to be reincarnated into people or into Shambhala (the heavenly realm).

Did you know that Tibetan Mastiffs have exceptionally strong jaws and teeth, and this, combined with remarkably high intelligence (that lends to boredom) and their legendary fondness for wood, can result in amazingly destructive acts to your house?

Tibetan Mastiffs don't shed - they blow their coat once a year.

In Tibet, Tibetan Mastiffs are called "Do-khyi" or "tied dog" and are kept chained to the gates and let loose at night.

Tibetan Mastiff bitches have a single oestrus per year, generally in the late fall and that most Tibetan Mastiff puppies are born in December and January.

In Tibet, Tibetan Mastiffs are traditionally kept with Lhasa Apsos, who alert them to the appearance of any stranger.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Blue Gray 300
Blue Gray & Tan 503
Brown 061
Brown & Tan 262
Red Gold 152
Red Gold Sable 502
Cream 076
Cream Sable 348


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014