Great Pyrenees vs Tibetan Mastiff

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Great Pyrenees and Tibetan Mastiff are strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Great Pyrenees and Tibetan Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Tibetan Mastiff is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Great Pyrenees bark/howls frequently. The Tibetan Mastiff has an average level of barking.
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Great Pyrenees vs Tibetan Mastiff
Great Pyrenees Dog
Black & Tan Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
Breed NameGreat PyreneesTibetan Mastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height25-32 in.24-26 in.
Weight85-160 lb100-170 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainChina (Tibet)
Origin Year3000 BC1100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹0°F to 85°F5°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed25 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountMedium-HighMedium

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 NameGreat PyreneesTibetan Mastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingVery LowVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameGreat PyreneesTibetan Mastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseYesNo
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
BloatYesNo
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyNoYes
CataractsYesNo
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesYes
EntropionYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGreat PyreneesTibetan Mastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Blue Gray & TanNoYes
BownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
Red Gold SableNoYes