Tibetan Mastiff Breed Information

Tibetan Mastiff

Imagine a very large, very hairy, very rare dog, and you will have some idea of what a Tibetan Mastiff is like. As adults, Tibetan Mastiffs tend to be calm and quiet. They are very loyal and even tempered; however, they tend to be territorial and can even be over-protective.

Tibetan Mastiff breed attributes

About Tibetan Mastiff breed

Description

Imagine a very large, very hairy, very rare dog, and you will have some idea of what a Tibetan Mastiff is like. There are two main types: the Tsang-khyi and the Do-khyi. The Tsang-khyi  is also called the Monastery type, and is taller and heavier, with a more wrinkled face. The Do-khyi or Nomad type is a little leaner and less wrinkled.

Both types are massive big-boned dogs. The head is broad and heavy, with a wrinkled face and broad, square muzzle. The upper lip slightly covers the lower lip, and the teeth meet in a scissor bite. The ears are v-shaped and hang down on the side of the head. The dog has a thick neck with a slight dewlap, and more prominent in males. The front legs are slightly feathered and straight, with catlike feet and sometimes feathered toes. The tail curls over the back and is big and bushy.

Origin: Tibet

Look

Bred for life in the mountains, the Tibetan Mastiff has a thick double coat. The outer coat is rough and long, whereas the inner coat is more woolly and soft. The Tibetan Mastiff’s coat comes in many colours, such as black, black and tan, red, and blue. White markings are common. No truly white Tibetan Mastiffs exist, though they can have very pale gold coats. They sometimes have a ruff of fur around the neck, like a lion’s mane. The Tibetan Mastiff sheds heavily and often seasonally. They need brushing around three times a week.

Health

The Tibetan Mastiff is generally a healthy breed; however they are prone to a few health conditions:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Panosteitis
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy
  • Autoimmune Hypothroidism

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Learning

The Tibetan Mastiff is easy to house train and is intelligent, but can be difficult to train. They are often stubborn, and may choose not to obey you if they believe they are right. As result, they do not typically do well in obedience trials or canine agility.

At the same time, they like to please their owners, so if you are calm, firm, and consistent, you may be able to work with this breed. Tibetan Mastiffs grow up to be calm, quiet adults, but take a while to mature, so you should consider this when training your dog.

Temperament

As adults, Tibetan Mastiffs tend to be calm and quiet. They are very loyal and even tempered; however, they tend to be territorial and can even be over-protective. This is a dog that needs high quality socialisation from an early age, as they are naturally suspicious of strangers. You can teach your Tibetan Mastiff to get along with adults, children, other dogs, and even other pets, but it will take quite a bit of work (they sometimes tend to be aggressive towards other animals). Luckily the Tibetan Mastiff is eager to please, if strong willed and stubborn at times.

Living with

The Tibetan Mastiff is not the dog for everyone. They are too large to live comfortably in apartments, and cannot be left outside in the garden all day.  Although they are normally quiet, if you leave your Tibetan Mastiff outside at night, he/she will probably bark and rouse the household and neighbours. Better to let him/her stay inside at night. It’s important for a Tibetan Mastiff to have access to a well-fenced yard or garden so they can go out when they feel like it. Do not leave your Tibetan Mastiff outside, as they may dig, bark, or even attempt to climb the fence.

This breed can get along with children, but are better suited to older children, as they may confuse rough play and shouts for signs of aggression, especially from visiting children. Although the Tibetan Mastiff can be taught to be polite to strangers, they are naturally suspicious, and will not be happy with many strangers visiting the house on a regular basis.

Exercise is very important for the Tibetan Mastiff. You’ll need to take your Tibetan Mastiff for a long walk in the morning and evening. For safety, keep him/her on a leash, and change your walking route frequently to prevent him/her becoming territorial and over-protective of a particular route.

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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
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  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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