Tibetan Mastiff

Other names : Drog-Khyi, Tsang-khyi

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Life expectancy

The Tibetan Mastiff has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 27 in
Male Between 26 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 121 and 176 lb
Male Between 121 and 176 lb
Coat colour
Black Sand
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Tibetan Mastiff costs between £1000 and £1350

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More details about the Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff: Origins and history

The Tibetan Mastiff, also known as the Drog-Khyi, is a very ancient breed that used to work at the side of Himalayan mountain nomads, and was the Tibetan monasteries’ designated watchdog. Left practically intact over the centuries, he is a direct descendant of the ancient Tibetan Mastiff from which practically all other, currently known Mastiffs, molossians and molossoids sprang. He was once even bigger than he is now. Marco Polo described him as follows: “As big as a donkey, with a voice as powerful as that of a lion”.

Training a Tibetan Mastiff

It is not easy to train the Tibetan Mastiff, on account of his ample independence and his very assertive character. The training process must be precocious, firm and coherent. 

Resorting to any kind of coercion will quickly end in failure with this powerful dog, who will not tolerate any brutality. What’s more, it would in fact be dangerous to apply coercive methods to this Tibetan ‘lion dog’, as it would only serve to tease his aggression out. 

His strong character must be softened from his youngest years, through a quality habituation towards various environments, persons, and animals. 

You must brace yourself and be patient, as this dog attains full maturity only very late. 

Last but not least, you shouldn’t place your bets on making this dog ‘a champion of obedience’- he is indeed capable of learning and respecting certain rules of conduct and disciplinary basics, but remains an independent and unpredictable dog.

Tibetan Mastiff: Purchase price

The price of a Tibetan Mastiff varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £1350  for dogs registered at the Kennel Club. 

Moreover, a ‘giant’ dog implies a ‘giant’ budget- with regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog this size, you have to estimate an average of £70 per month.

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