Neapolitan Mastiff vs Tibetan Mastiff

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Neither the Neapolitan Mastiff or the Tibetan Mastiff are ideal for new owners, but the Tibetan Mastiff is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Neapolitan Mastiff and Tibetan Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Tibetan Mastiff is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Tibetan Mastiff has an average tendency to bark. The Neapolitan Mastiff will rarely bark.
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Neapolitan Mastiff vs Tibetan Mastiff
Black Neapolitan Mastiff
Black & Tan Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffTibetan Mastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan6-9 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-31 in.24-26 in.
Weight110-155 lb100-170 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryItalyChina (Tibet)
Origin Year100 AD1100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹35°F to 80°F5°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed17 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountVery 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 NameNeapolitan MastiffTibetan Mastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsVery LowVery Low
FightingHighAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingVery LowVery Low
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminVery LowVery Low
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffTibetan Mastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan6-9 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffTibetan Mastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesNo
MahoganyYesNo
TawnyYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Blue Gray & TanNoYes
BownNoYes
Brown & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
Red Gold SableNoYes