Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Shepherd Dog

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Tibetan Mastiff and Caucasian Shepherd Dog are strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Tibetan Mastiff is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Tibetan Mastiff is very easy to groom. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Caucasian Shepherd Dog bark/howls frequently. The Tibetan Mastiff has an average level of barking.
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Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Shepherd Dog
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Grey Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Breed NameTibetan MastiffCaucasian Shepherd Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height24-26 in.25-28 in.
Weight100-170 lb80-180 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)Georgia
Origin Year1100 AD500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodBelow Average
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹5°F to 75°F20°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh-Very High
Top Running Speed20 mph24 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingLowHigh-Very High
DanderLowMedium-High
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 NameTibetan MastiffCaucasian Shepherd Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingVery LowAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameTibetan MastiffCaucasian Shepherd Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismYesNo
Canine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Joint DysplasiaNoYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
PanosteitisYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameTibetan MastiffCaucasian Shepherd Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ScruffyYesNo
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesNo
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
Blue GrayYesNo
Blue Gray & TanYesNo
BownYesNo
Brown & TanYesNo
CreamYesYes
Cream SableYesNo
Red GoldYesNo
Red Gold SableYesNo
FawnNoYes
GrayNoYes
RedNoYes
TanNoYes
WhiteNoYes