Bullmastiff vs Tibetan Mastiff

Compare the Bullmastiff to the Tibetan Mastiff. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bullmastiffs and Tibetan Mastiffs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bullmastiff is a good choice for new owners. The Tibetan Mastiff is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Bullmastiff and Tibetan Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Bullmastiff and Tibetan Mastiff are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Tibetan Mastiff has an average tendency to bark. The Bullmastiff will bark less frequently than most dogs.
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Bullmastiff vs Tibetan Mastiff
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Breed NameBullmastiffTibetan Mastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-27 in.24-26 in.
Weight110-130 lb100-170 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomChina (Tibet)
Origin Year1860 AD1100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F5°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed20 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountMediumMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBullmastiffTibetan Mastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingAverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBullmastiffTibetan Mastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
CancerYesNo
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
Heart ProblemsYesNo
HemangiosarcomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Kidney IssuesYesNo
LymphosarcomaYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
OsteosarcomaYesNo
PanosteitisNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBullmastiffTibetan Mastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & FawnYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red Fawn BrindleYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Blue Gray & TanNoYes
BownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
Red Gold SableNoYes