How Much Does a Tibetan Mastiff Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Tibetan Mastiff is a dog breed with a long and interesting history.  Originating in Central Asia, this dog is commonly referred to as a “guard dog.”  Its ability to guard herds, flocks and villages has made it a number one choice for many villages in the past.  Today, this type of dog is used as a guard dog or as a simple household pet.  Although this breed does have the word “Mastiff” associated with it, bear in mind that it is not a true mastiff.

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How much does a Tibetan Mastiff cost?

The cost of a Tibetan Mastiff is going to widely vary depending on the age, the breeder, the quality, its bloodline and inclusions with the adoption.  From our research, most ads for puppies we found were in the $1,000 and $4,500 range.  Puppies registered with the AKC that came from a show-quality parent would be in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, whereas a backyard breeder offering no paperwork would list their puppies for about $700 to $1,100.

A  Chinese businessman once bought a Tibetan Mastiff for a whopping $1.5 million.  The reason the dog sold for this high price tag was due to the fact that it was deemed a “perfect specimen.”

For example, at the time of this writing, had a bit more than 100 listings, with prices ranging anywhere from $750 to more than $3,500.  Most of the listings we had looked at included a health guarantee, vet examination, health certification, pedigree paperwork and a travel crate if needed.

We checked also checked out a few breeders on the AKC Marketplace and had found the prices for a puppy from AKC registered parents would cost $1,500 to $3,000, with females often costing a few hundred dollars more. offers an in-depth FAQ section saying the average Tibetan Mastiff will be around the $1,500 to $3,500 range.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breed should include a health certificate, written health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, a deworming, a microchip and/or spay/neutering.

If the dog is an AKC, the breeder must provide the paperwork to show its authenticity.  There are also dogs that may have an RN title as well.

What are the extra costs?

Due to the rarity of this particular breed, most owners will find that they will have to purchase a dog outside of their area.  Because of this, most breeders are going to charge a shipping fee, and this fee can range anywhere from $150 to $400 to have a dog shipped via an airline.

Because this breed is known to be stubborn, it is highly recommended that a new owner enrolls the dog in obedience classes to teach it, at a minimum, the basic commands like sit, lie down and stay.   Failing to train this stronger breed can often lead to destruction or failing to abide by your commands.  In the end, positive reinforcement will be the best for this breed.

While the dog omits very little odors, its undercoat will shed once per year.  During this time, some Tibetan Mastiff take their dog to a professional groomer.  Aside from this “blowout” time of year, it’s still recommended to brush their coats once per week to keep it healthy and clean.  Even if it doesn’t seem like the coat needs it, brushing can stimulate the blood flow to your dog’s skin.

Recurring costs, as with any pet, such as food, shelter, accessories and routine/surprise vet visits.  The average dog owner should budget at least $600 to $900 per year.  Due to the dog’s larger-than-average size, it will consume four to six cups of food per day.

Tips to know:

The Tibetan Mastiff can typically stand as high as 30 inches and can weigh upwards of 175 pounds.  Most have a double coat that comes in colors such as gold, brown, red or black.

The Tibetan Mastiff’s temperament is known to be mellow, calm, reserved and dedicated to their family.  Oftentimes, these dogs will be very territorial of its surroundings.

When healthy, they can live 10 to 12 years.

The dog has a double coat, with the outer coat consisting of a thick, long coat that is coarse to the touch.  The undercoat will be softer, making the breed very resistant to colder weather.  Common colors include black and tan, pure black, gray and a golden brown.

For those who are living in close quarter situations such as an apartment, most experts will recommend they steer clear of this breed and consider another since they prefer a large yard to roam around.  Next Day Pets recommends limiting their exercise routine since they are prone to joint problems due to their size.

Due to the size of this dog, most Tibetan Mastiffs will do best with older children that know how to act around pets.

As the dog grows older, it tends to become rather calm and will keep to himself.  While these dogs may look aggressive, they are usually friendly unless provoked.

Commonly health concerns include canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, entropion and seizures.

The Tibetan is usually good with other pets when raised when them.

They will not do well in a warmer climate due to their thicker coats; however, it doesn’t mean they won’t survive.  During the warmer months, they may become inactive or you may see a decrease in their appetites.

How can I save money?

Breeders often offer younger pups, and do not let this discourage you if you want to adopt an older dog.  Older dogs will often be a lot cheaper than a younger puppy.  Consider talking with local breeders or shelters to see what they have to offer.

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  1. jaden (florence,  Kentucky) paid $100000 and said:

    brown and black

    Was it worth it? Yes

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