Leonberger vs Tibetan Mastiff

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Neither the Leonberger or the Tibetan Mastiff are ideal for new owners, but the Tibetan Mastiff is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Leonberger and Tibetan Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Leonberger and Tibetan Mastiff are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Leonberger has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Tibetan Mastiff is an average barker.
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Leonberger vs Tibetan Mastiff
Reddish Brown Leonberger
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Breed NameLeonbergerTibetan Mastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height25½-31½ in.24-26 in.
Weight100-170 lb100-170 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyChina (Tibet)
Origin Year1849 AD1100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • 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 ¹20°F to 75°F5°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed16 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountLowMedium

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 NameLeonbergerTibetan Mastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameLeonbergerTibetan Mastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseYesNo
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
BloatYesNo
CancerYesNo
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyNoYes
EctropionYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesYes
EntropionYesNo
Eosinophilic PanosteitisYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLeonbergerTibetan Mastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesNo
Reddish BrownYesNo
SandyYesNo
YellowYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Blue Gray & TanNoYes
BownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
Red Gold SableNoYes