Large dog breeds are a staple in many homes. Although I’ve always loved dogs of all shapes and sizes, I can’t help but favor the gentle giants.
Hi dog moms and dads! My name is Bri and my house wouldn’t be a home without my big American Bulldog/Pit Bull Terrier named Bruce.
When I wanted to adopt a dog, I knew I wanted a large breed.
I was leaning towards Pit Bull Terriers while I was looking, but when I met Bruce his mixed breed didn’t change the fact that he was the perfect dog for me.
Plus, he’s mostly Pit Bull so I still got the breed I wanted! It’s important to consider the breed you want when bringing a new dog into your home.
Large dogs will need plenty of space to roam around, as well as plenty of food to keep their big bellies full.
Although I do favor Pit Bull Terriers, there is another dog breed that also catches my eye called the Tibetan Mastiff. Let’s take a look at both breeds.
Table des matières
- Tibetan Mastiffs Overview
- Pit Bull Terrier Overview
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Temperament and Training: How do They Behave?
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Health and Life Span: Life Expectancy & Common Health Conditions
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Appearance: What do They Look Like?
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Availability and Affordability: Are They a Rare, Expensive Dog Breed?
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Diet: What do They Eat?
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Family Dog: Are They Good with Children?
- Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Environment: Where Are They Best Suited?
- Final Thoughts: Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier
- who will win in a fight between a PitBull and a Tibetan Matiff?
- Mastiff mania
- A cruel business
- LIVESTOCK GUARDING DOGS
- Eight-month baby dies after Tibetan Mastiff attack in Hanoi
Tibetan Mastiffs Overview
Tibetan Mastiffs are huge, fluffy cuddle monsters. Sounds perfect, right? These big dogs fall under the Working Group and get up to a whopping 120 to 150 pounds.
Standing at a minimum of 26 inches tall, they look even bigger because of their long, fluffy fur.
Bred as guard dogs, this breed goes so far back that no one even knows the exact origin. They still act as guard dogs and are incredibly loyal and devoted to their family.
That being said, Tibetan Mastiffs are always suspect of strangers and need to be properly introduced. A home invader will definitely think twice with one of these in the home!
Surprisingly, these pups are extremely quick and agile. They are powerful and muscular dogs but are incredibly loving and sweet with their people.
Pit Bull Terrier Overview
My favorite dog breed EVER is the pit bull.
While pits have very distinct features, the breed itself is actually a mix of different bully breeds, such as American Bulldog (hello Bruce!), American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, and other bully breeds.
Pit Bulls have had a bad reputation for years because of the cruel sport called bull baiting.
As early as the 1600’s, England specifically bred bully breeds for this violent sport where the dog was put into a pit with a bull, and it was a fight to the death.
Although the sport was banned hundreds of years ago, breeding pit bulls for fighting was still an unfortunate problem that gave pit bulls a bad reputation and made people afraid of them.
Fortunately, fighting is starting to gain more awareness and harsher punishments, so it is not as common.
These pups are not any more aggressive than any other dog breed and are actually passing temperament tests and beating out family favorites like golden retrieves and border collies. Step aside Lassie!
Pits can vary in size according to what breeds they’re mixed with. For example, Bruce is a chunky boy weighing in at 90 pounds, but that comes from his American Bulldog background.
Most Pit Bulls average out around 60 to 65 pounds.
These dogs are the most loving and cuddly animals I have EVER come in contact with. If you sit on my couch, Bruce will be on your lap.
They are agile, high energy and love to explore the outdoors.
As an athletic dog, they make perfect companions for the outdoor enthusiasts, but they also love their indoor nap time for all the couch potatoes out there (I’m a good mix of both – and so is Bruce)!
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Temperament and Training: How do They Behave?
Both of these dogs are notorious for being loyal and loving to their families. When it comes to training, however, Pits are definitely easier to handle.
Tibetan Mastiffs are quick learners and extremely smart, so training needs to start very young. Once they learn their habits, they are likely to be set in their ways.
They don’t respond well to treats as training tools and will follow their instincts above any command given.
That being said, it’s highly recommended that this dog be strictly kept on a leash whenever they are out and about.
If you are struggling to train your dog we have created a great article which reviews Brain Training 4 Dogs an amazing programme that can teach your dog amazing tricks
If you would like to see our review of this
Other than that, these big babies are just that – babies. They love to snuggle up with their people and are incredibly loyal.
These dogs need moderate daily exercise but are not going to respond much to fetch. They prefer work-related exercise, such as a nice walk around their property.
Their long fur makes them more active in cooler temperatures and less likely to be very active in warm weather.
Pit Bulls are very sweet and loving dogs that crave attention and will let you know it! They are pretty easy to train and respond very well to treats.
One thing to consider is that Pit Bulls absolutely NEED to be properly socialized with other dogs. Just like any other dog breed, if they aren’t, they can become territorial and aggressive towards other dogs.
This can add to the negative stigma against the breed.
These dogs are also heavy chewers and love to destroy their toys. I’ve gone through countless toys for Bruce and of course his favorite toys are stuffed animals, so I constantly have fluff all over my living room.
Keeping them occupied with the right toys is crucial to keep them from chewing things they shouldn’t in your home!
Otherwise, Pits are extremely active and high energy. They love to be outside and have high endurance, so they can go on long walks or hikes with no problem.
They also do well in any climate, but should wear protective layers in extreme cold since their short fur doesn’t offer much protection.
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Health and Life Span: Life Expectancy & Common Health Conditions
For a large dog breed, Tibetan Mastiffs have a pretty decent life span of 10 to 12 years. Pits also have a longer life span with an average of 12 to 14 years.
Both breeds are large, and any large dog should be regularly screened for hip, elbow, and thyroid evaluations.
Pits however are very commonly affected by allergies. We have supplements that Bruce takes every day to keep his itchy skin under control.
Pits can also be sensitive to certain foods like poultry and gluten.
The right diet and helpful supplements make handling allergies easy, but a vet’s advice should always be consulted!
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Appearance: What do They Look Like?
When it comes to looks, these two breeds could not be more different.
Tibetan Mastiffs have long, extremely fluffy fur that can be black, tan, grey, or a mix of any of these colors.
They also don’t shed their coats, but “blow” an undercoat once a year. This takes place in late spring or summer and should be brushed with an undercoat rake to help them shed the excess fur.
Other than that, regular brushing (at least once or twice a week) is the only coat maintenance required for these fluffy beasts!
Pits have very short fur that sheds like crazy. Dog hair EVERYWHERE. But I’ve found that brushing Bruce with a good de-shedding tool has helped control his shedding a lot!
Pits come in many different colors, including gray, tan, white, and sometimes a mix of these colors or in a brindle pattern.
Bruce is commonly compared to a cow with his big black and white spots (his chubby belly doesn’t help – but he doesn’t mind)!
Although pits don’t necessarily need to be bathed more often than most dogs, I’ve personally found that regular baths have really helped with Bruce’s itchy skin.
I bathe Bruce once every two weeks with an anti-itch dog shampoo and conditioner and he loves his doggy spa days!
Obviously, Tibetan Mastiffs are probably better for folks with allergies than a Pit Bull Terrier because of the shedding.
Both breeds should have their nails trimmed regularly like any other dog, especially if they spend more time indoors than out.
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Availability and Affordability: Are They a Rare, Expensive Dog Breed?
Tibetan Mastiffs are very unique dogs and are definitely not as common as Pits. Pit Bulls can be found extremely easily at any local animal shelter but are also a popular dog for breeding.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not hard to find but are definitely going to come more often from a breeder.
Since Pits are such a common breed, they typically won’t be as expensive to buy, especially if you rescue one from a shelter.
Tibetans, however, are a unique pure breed that are a little pricier from the start. Neither are too much of a financial burden once you get them started.
The only exception to that is if your Pit bull does experience severe allergies or food sensitivity. Sometimes, medication is the best option to help them through that which can be pricey.
We’ve been lucky to be able to find natural, over the counter supplements that work wonders for Bruce and aren’t expensive!
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Diet: What do They Eat?
As I said earlier, Pits can have special food needs due to sensitive skin and common allergies.
I’ve found that Bruce is sensitive to chicken, so I have to make sure his food doesn’t contain any poultry.
It’s important for both dogs to have high protein diets since they are both muscular and athletic dogs.
As it is important not to overfeed your large dog breed we have created a great article on best weight management dog food for large breeds
Tibetan Mastiffs however should be fed a lighter diet because they are not as active as Pits.
Tibetans also eat less than you might think they would and only eat when they are hungry. Most adults only want 2 to 4 cups of food a day, but don’t normally need a special diet.
When it comes to treats, Pits will need the same attention to the type of treat as they do their food but are not picky!
Tibetans, however, don’t seem to respond much to treats. They also aren’t picky about their food.
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Family Dog: Are They Good with Children?
Did you know that Pit bull were actually known as the nanny dog for many years? That’s because they are AMAZING with babies and kids.
Trust me – look up Pit Bulls and babies on YouTube. Don’t forget the tissues.
This breed is so incredibly cuddly and loving it melts my heart. I’ve never had a dog that cuddles as much as my Bruce does!
And of course, he has to sleep in the bed with us because anything less would be unacceptable.
Pits do well in a family that is active because they love walks and play time.
If you don’t have much spare time to give this dog the attention it needs, it might not be the dog for you!
Tibetans are similar in that they love their family and are great with kids. They are very protective of their families.
Tibetans need exercise for health reasons but are not considered heavy playing dogs or highly active for more than a few minutes at a time, so they don’t need as much attention (even though they still want all the love).
Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier Environment: Where Are They Best Suited?
As large dog breeds, both of these dogs will need room to grow. However, neither are better suited in once style of home over the other – many people have both breeds in busy cities and in the countryside!
Pits can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety due to their strong bond with their humans. Normally, this can be pretty easy for them to grow out of.
Since I adopted Bruce, his separation anxiety is much worse due to abandonment in his past (I’m not crying you’re crying).
We give him calming chews when he needs them, and all is well!
Tibetans are much larger than Pits and might require more space, and definitely thrive in cooler climates.
Both breeds will need space to be walked and exercised, such as a nice dog park or big back yard!
I like having a fenced-in dog park for Bruce to be able to run around and burn off all his energy.
Final Thoughts: Tibetan Mastiff vs Pit Bull Terrier
At the end of the day, both of these dog breeds make great pets.
If you’re looking for a new protector for your family, both dogs have intimidating features, but a Tibetan Mastiff is sure to be more protective.
If you’re looking for a high energy companion to accompany you or your family members on all your adventures and get all the cuddles you could ask for, Pit Bull Terriers are definitely the dog for you.
Personally, I prefer a Pit Bull, but then again, I’m biased! I hope this helps you find the dog of your dreams! Happy Pet Parenting!
who will win in a fight between a PitBull and a Tibetan Matiff?
Find what motivates your dog. Some dogs do anything for food. Some dogs do anything for Toys. Some do anything for a good petting. Some do anything for only one type of food, like cheese, or hotdog. Some only have interest in training for 5 minutes at a time, and others can go for an hour. Figure out what your dog is willing to work for, and then work with her in sessions that are no longer than she can tolerate. Learn how to train your dog properly http://OnlineDogTraining.enle.info/?u801
Sign up for a dog obedience training class. It will not train your dog. It will give you training on how you can train your dog. Most people understand the idea of training, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it, and there is good and bad technique. Timing and consistency is very important, and it helps to have feedback of someone watching you who can help you improve your technique to get more efficient results with your dog.
However, she may be somewhat anxious around other dogs, sort of like the shy kid on the playground. She will benefit from continuing what you are doing as far as asking her to sit before entering, but there are more things along those lines that will help her to calmly go in and out of the dog park. She may also benefit from going in short bursts, or only when fewer dogs are present, or avoiding times when other dogs that make her nervous are present. Maybe she just plays loud – my brother’s dog is this way – or maybe she is a dogpark bully – sorry it is possible. But more likely she is just a little anxious around new dogs and she wants to play but just doesn’t quite know how to do that and still feel comfortable. Don’t be surprised if your dog does not actually like the dog park, and maybe she would get more enjoyment and less stress out of simply going for a good walk somewhere else.
A wagging tail does not mean that your dog is happy or even comfortable with the situation. It means your dog is emotionally aroused. This could be a happy arousal, or it could be a nervous arousal, or it could be an aggressive arousal. Go youtube it, there are plenty of videos of ‘vicious’ dogs who are throwing a very aggressive fit of barking and snarling while their tail is wagging vigorously. Even police dogs who are not let off the leash to chase down a suspect can be lunging and barking and snarling, and their tails are still going.
Tibet is full of unwanted dogs.
Areas of the Tibetan plateau have become flooded with giant, fluffy unwanted Tibetan mastiffs, once the most sought after dogs in China, after a collapse in the market for the dogs has left thousands homeless.
A scene captured in Abandoned Tibetan Mastiffs, a 20-minute long documentary which was released in April, shows hundreds of black Tibetan mastiffs crowded together in a shelter operated by a local monastery, waiting for their meals.
Vimeo/Gangri Neichog A scene from “Abandoned Tibetan Mastiffs.”
Gangri Neichog, a non-profit organization that helped produce the documentary, told The Beijing Youth Daily (link in Chinese), that more and more local officials and temples in Qinghai are setting up shelters like the Maozhuang one, as there has been an explosion in the number of abandoned dogs since 2013 when the craze for Tibetan mastiffs started to fade.
In Qinghai’s Guoluo prefecture alone, 14,000 of the 50,000 dogs in the area are strays, noted Gangri Neichog, speaking to the paper in August. Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, also had some 13,000 stray dogs as of 2015, noted the newspaper. A shelter built in 2013 for 2,000 dogs in Lhasa now houses more than 7,000 dogs.
“You can say that the stray dog situation probably has a lot to do with the Tibetan mastiffs economy,” Yin Hang, founder of Gangri Neichog, said (link in Chinese) in the documentary. “The market hype has driven many to raise and breed Tibetan mastiffs with the mindset of getting rich overnight, but only very few have profited from the business.”
The craze for the furry dogs rose and fell with the Chinese economy’s trajectory. Around a decade ago, when China’s economy was rapidly growing, owning a Tibetan mastiff was a symbol of stature and wealth—two Tibetan mastiffs were sold for (link in Chinese) 18 million yuan ($2.7 million) at a luxury pet exhibition to a real-estate investor in Hangzhou in 2014. In 2009, a woman in Xian bought a Tibetan mastiff for 4 million yuan, and welcomed the dog’s delivery with a 30-car motorcade at the airport.
Google Maps Tibet, Qinghai, and Gansu.
Breeders in Qinghai and Tibet, two impoverished regions of China, jumped on the mastiff craze, but many were left deeply disappointed. Zhou Yi, the general secretary of the Qinghai Tibetan mastiffs association, a government-backed organization, told Quartz that “only four to five businesses managed to earn more than 10 million yuan during the peak of the boom.” By 2015, two-thirds of the 3,000 mastiffs breeding centers in Tibet had shut down, with the annual trade in the dogs in Qinghai falling from a peak of over 200 million yuan in 2010 to less than 50 million yuan in 2015.
A resident in a prefecture in Qinghai said in the documentary that at the peak, people wouldn’t even sell their dogs for 2 million yuan. Li said that the price of a Tibetan mastiff can now be even below 10,000 yuan.
A cruel business
Many who bought the giant dogs found that the dogs were entirely unsuited to living in urban areas and especially small apartments, said Li Qun, a professor at Nanjing Agriculture University who studies animal husbandry history. Many brought mastiffs back home to the city, used them to breed, and them sold the puppies off for quick money, he added.
AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe Who will buy?
What’s more, Zhou of the Qinghai Tibetan mastiffs association said, many people in cities bought mastiffs from nomads in Tibet with no intention of raising them at all. “Some deliberately in-bred the dogs to make their offspring look more exotic,” he added, which in turn has created many dogs with health problems because of genetic disorders.
Samdrup, a nomad who traded Tibetan mastiffs in 2005 to 2006 when the market was booming, had hoped to ride the boom to get rich quick. But he soon discovered the cruelty of the business. A businessman in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, approached Samdrup and bought five Tibetan mastiffs from him. The businessman had been keeping about 60 female Tibetan mastiffs when Samdrup went to visit him in Lanzhou. The businessman told Samdrup that most of the dogs were being slaughtered for meat, except for a few good breeds. During the visit, Samdrup even witnessed a dog being bashed with a hammer, hung from a hook, and then skinned alive, because “the meat would be delicious and nutritious,” Samdrup said in the documentary.
Vimeo/Gangri Neichog Samdrup in the documentary.
Samdrup said he cried for a long time after that, and now volunteers as an animal rescuer. He takes care of some 40 dogs, and had them sterilized.
The abandoned mastiffs are also a danger to the local human and animal population. Some dogs have attacked local residents, while others have been known to kill the native wild blue sheep as they compete with leopards for food, according to the documentary.
Buddhists are also against killing animals, making it hard to control the Tibetan mastiff population within a short period of time. Gangri Neichog, the NGO, suggested that every household adopt a dog so as to help shelters ease the burden.
LIVESTOCK GUARDING DOGS
These dogs have been used successfully by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) for many years to protect livestock in Namibia, as well as in other southern African countries. To our knowledge, however, as of 2012 they had not been trialled in East Africa. We worked with CCF and have so far imported ten of their dogs to Tanzania, placing them as puppies with local pastoralist families. The dogs look unimpressive at first, but soon grow to be very large and intimidating dogs!
Each dog costs around US$1000 to place and support during its first year. If you would like to help support our livestock guarding programme, or find out more about it, please email us at [email protected]
The trial has shown that these dogs can grow and thrive in East Africa, and have performed well – we have had no attacks on grazing livestock accompanied by the dogs, the households value them highly, and there is high demand for the dogs. We have even seen them successfully chase off lions, which is very impressive! However, it has not been problem-free – we have had dogs die from snakebite, diseases, one was killed by a lion, and local families can find it a challenge to feed such large dogs. Therefore, we are now breeding one of our Anatolian females with a large local dog, to see if cross-breed dogs are a little easier for families while still retaining protective guarding instincts. This is very much a trial, but seems another potentially useful tool that we can use to help reduce the risk of carnivore attacks, and retaliatory or preventative carnivore killings.
Pendant six semaines nous avons mis à l’honneur six races de chiens qui s’illustrent de manière admirable dans les opérations anti-braconnage. J’aimerais à présent souligner le travail accompli par une race de chien peu connue mais d’une efficacité redoutable dans la conservation des animaux sauvages :
le berger d’Anatolie appelé aussi Kangal.
La Namibie a depuis de nombreuses années de gros problèmes avec les guépards et les léopards. Dans la même logique que le conflit opposant les lions aux éleveurs Masaïs, les fermiers namibiens voient d’un très mauvais oeil les attaques répétées de leur troupeau de moutons et de chèvres par les guépards.
Le Cheetah Conservation Fund, basée à Otjowarongo en Namibie, est une ONG qui oeuvre pour la protection des guépards et tente de résoudre le conflit fermiers/guépards.
Jusqu’à présent, la présidente du CCF, Laurie Marker, sensibilisait les jeunes dans les écoles et les fermiers lors de réunions, en les invitant à ne plus tuer les fauves, mais en les capturant et en les lui remettant. Depuis quelques années, elle a trouvé une alternative intéressante qui consiste à élever des chiens, des bergers d’Anatolie, et de les proposer aux fermiers namibiens pour protéger leurs troupeaux. Devant les résultats obtenus, cette expérience a été étendue en Afrique du sud. Aujourd’hui, plus d’une dizaine de fermes de la région nord du Limpopo sont équipées de bergers d’Anatolie.
C’est le chien idéal pour le travail demandé !
Le berger d’Anatolie a été élevé pour protéger le bétail contre les ours et les loups. Son histoire a plus de 6000 ans. Il est originaire de la région du Plateau anatolien aride de la Turquie, une région qui reçoit peu de pluie, avec une chaleur extrême en été et un froid rigoureux en hiver, tout comme certaines parties de l’Afrique australe.
Après des siècles de sélection naturelle effectuée par les bergers turcs et favorisée par l’isolement de l’Anatolie, la protection est un atavisme encré et gravé dans le patrimoine génétique de la race ; il n’y a rien à lui apprendre tant son instinct de protection est inné. Pour cette raison, le berger d’Anatolie est avant tout un chien d’utilité destiné à la protection de troupeaux d’animaux et en particulier de moutons.
Le berger d’Anatolie possède un poil mi-long et rude, de couleur claire, qui permet un refroidissement efficace du corps tout en maintenant un facteur d’isolation. Ce chien est physiquement imposant; les mâles ont normalement plus de 60 cm au garrot et ils pèsent 70-75 kg. C’est un chien extrêmement rapide malgré sa corpulence. Il peut atteindre une vitesse de pointe de 75 km/h et rester plusieurs jours avec peu de nourriture et un minimum d’eau si nécessaire.
La capacité étonnante des bergers d’Anatolie pour protéger le bétail provient non seulement de leurs attributs (taille, force, bonnes acuités visuelle et auditive, excellent sens de l’odorat), mais aussi de leur dévouement total. Les chiots sont élevés avec le troupeau dès l’âge de 6-8 semaines, et le lien est instinctivement construit avec les moutons ou les chèvres qu’ils gardent. Ils sont calmes, sûrs d’eux, très équilibrés. Ils sont capables de rester en permanence avec le troupeau.
Le berger d’Anatolie est un chien rustique vivant bien souvent plus longtemps que les autres très grandes races. Son espérance de vie se situe entre 11 et 13 ans.
Même s’il est calme, il peut devenir très agressif face à tous les intrus ou les menaces au troupeau. Ce chien n’est pas dépendant d’un maître pour l’affection ou le commandement. Il est capable de prendre des décisions par lui-même. Il possèdent les trois principaux traits de caractère qu doit posséder tout chien efficace en gardiennage, à savoir : la fiabilité, l’écoute et le sens inné de la protection.
Les retours d’informations obtenus des fermes namibiennes et sud-africaines soulignent les résultats très probants des bergers dans leur travail de protection des troupeaux. Les guépards sont rapidement repérés et chassés, mais la grande force de ce chien est qu’il effraie, attaque, mais ne se fait pas berner. Il ne se laisse pas entraîner à la poursuite des prédateurs comme pourraient le faire certains chiens. Il reste en permanence au contact du troupeau.
Le seul problème de taille auquel il peut être confronté, c’est la rencontre avec un léopard. Certains bergers d’Anatolie y ont laissé malheureusement leur vie. Mais cette situation est assez rare et les résultats sont particulièrement bons dans la dissuasion des guépards.
Eight-month baby dies after Tibetan Mastiff attack in Hanoi
HÀ NỘI — An eight-month old baby girl has died two hours after being bitten by a 40-kg Tibetan Mastiff dog on Thursday afternoon at a home on Hanoi’s Doi Can Street.
According to Vietnamnews, the dog was raised as a family pet. The incident occurred when the baby’s mother was cleaning and the baby was playing nearby. Without warning, the dog attacked the infant. The mother tried to stop the dog but failed.
The baby was taken to the Vietnam – Germany Hospital in critical condition, the Voice of Vietnam (VoV) online newspaper reported.
Lê Việt Khánh, deputy head of the hospital’s Gastrointestinal Emergencies Department said the child was pale and suffering severe blood loss when she was hospitalised. She also had multiple head injuries.
“At that time, we already recorded her blood pressure at zero without feeling her blood vessels,” he said.
After trying for two hours, doctors failed to save the child.
Khánh added that families should not allow their children near dangerous dogs to avoid heart-breaking accidents.
According to doctors, if children are bitten by dogs, they need first aid and to stop the bleeding. They should then be taken to the nearest health clinic for treatment.