Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Tibetan Mastiff

Compare the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to the Tibetan Mastiff. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Tibetan Mastiffs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is an okay choice for new owners, but the Tibetan Mastiff is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Tibetan Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Tibetan Mastiff are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog bark/howls frequently. The Tibetan Mastiff has an average level of barking.
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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Tibetan Mastiff
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Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogTibetan Mastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-11 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-29 in.24-26 in.
Weight85-140 lb100-170 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandChina (Tibet)
Origin Year1515 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
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 70°F5°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed22 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 NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogTibetan Mastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogTibetan Mastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan10-11 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogTibetan Mastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlueYesNo
Blue, White, & TanYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Tricolor (black, Red, & White)YesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Blue Gray & TanNoYes
BownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
Red Gold SableNoYes