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Tibetan Mastiff




Dogs' lives are too short...
their only fault, really.

- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Tibetan mastiff puppy

Michewa Tibetan Mastiff puppy

Tibetan Mastiff adult
Michewa Tibetan Mastiff

An ancient and rare breed, the Tibetan Mastiff has been a guardian and protector of nomad flocks, villages, and the monasteries of Tibet for hundreds of years.His name is "Do-khyi" in Tibetan, meaning 'tied dog'. 

This massive dog claims many descendents including the Newfoundland, the Great Pyrenees, the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Great Dane among others. Originally bred to protect livestock from wolves, leopards, and other predators, the Tibetan Mastiff's fierceness and fearlessness is legendary. 

Tibetan Mastiff males stand at least 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 100 pounds when full grown. Their coats are thick and weather-resistant. They may be black and tan, solid black, slate grey, or golden. Due to his size, the Tibetan Mastiff should have a large fenced property to run and play in. As a guardian, he will patrol his property and quickly sound the alarm when he detects something amiss. Since he is naturally a nocturnal guardian, leaving him outside at night may draw some complaints from the neighbours.

The Tibetan Mastiff evolved in an unforgiving climate. He had to adapt to the harshest environment and perform his guard duties often without human direction. As a result, he is an intelligent, independent, courageous, and aloof dog capable of making his own decisions and acting on them. 

A perceptive animal who is naturally wary of strangers, the Tibetan Mastiff requires early and careful socialization to new people and situations. This temperament will not suit everyone. Boredom can result in destructive behaviour. He needs a strong, confident, and patient owner willing to train and socialize a large, strong dog with a stubborn streak!

Barking may be an issue with this breed. He barks to warn others that he is 'on the job' - particularly if left out at night. 


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Barbara McLuskey, Michewa



Barbara McLuskey
1693 Chetwynd Road
Burks Falls, ON  P0A 1C0
(705) 380-2817


Lyse Stormont
Site 1, RR#1, Box 22
Tarzwell, ON  P0K 1V0
(705) 642-1920

StormnAngels Tibetan Mastiffs





Did you know?

When Marco Polo
first saw these large
Tibetan dogs in his travels, he described them as
"tall as a donkey
with a voice as powerful
as that of a lion."


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