Tibetan Mastiff

Working Group

Tibetan Mastiff lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 24+ in, Males 26+ in

Weight

Females 70-120 lbs, Males 90-150 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Swedish Vallhund originated sometime between the 8th and 9th centuries. Their origin story is debated by historians, with some believing that the Vikings bred Scandinavian spitz dogs with Welsh Corgis, and others believing that the Swedish Vallhund predates the Welsh Corgis. Regardless, it is known that they served as valued herding, hunting, guarding, and watchdogs in Western Sweden for centuries. The Swedish Vallhund is the national dog breed of Sweden.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Tibetan Mastiffs will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★☆☆☆

★☆

☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Loving, gentle, and patient

Protective and fearless, making them great watchdogs

Escape artists that have been known to dig under fences and climb over them

Independent, stubborn, and not always obedient

Have strong intuition and there's generally a good reason if they don't like someone (that being said- they will try to keep all strangers away initially)