Dogo Argentino vs Tibetan Mastiff

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 15 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

The Dogo Argentino breed is best for experienced pet parents who don't know the meaning of the phrase "sit still" but know the importance of consistency in training. They thrive in homes with large backyards...

The Dogo Argentino breed is best for experienced pet parents who don't know the meaning of the phrase "sit still" but know the importance of consistency in training. They thrive in homes with large backyards where they are the only pet.

Dogo Argentino Temperament

Bred for hunting wild boars and other large animals in the forests of Argentina, the Dogo Argentino breed is athletic with an energy level to match. These dogs were built for speed, so just one walk around the neighborhood isn’t going to cut it. Argentinos are loyal, fea...

Bred for hunting wild boars and other large animals in the forests of Argentina, the Dogo Argentino breed is athletic with an energy level to match. These dogs were built for speed, so just one walk around the neighborhood isn’t going to cut it.

Argentinos are loyal, fearless and brilliant as a guard dog; they wouldn’t give a second thought to putting themselves in between you and danger. But they’re not without a soft candy center, either. While not as aloof as the Cane Corso, they can be friendly with guests (of the human variety) as long as they’re properly trained and socialized, and they enjoy a rousing game of hide-and-seek with their family.

Dogo Argentino Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

Tibetan Mastiffs are best for experienced dog parents and families with older children or teens with the time and energy to train these massive pups.

Tibetan Mastiff Temperament

Tibetan Mastiffs are independent introverts who tend to be wary of strangers but are loving and loyal to their people. Though personality can vary from one dog to the next, these dogs tend to be headstrong guardians who often think they know what’s best and view themselves more as...

Tibetan Mastiffs are independent introverts who tend to be wary of strangers but are loving and loyal to their people. Though personality can vary from one dog to the next, these dogs tend to be headstrong guardians who often think they know what’s best and view themselves more as equal partners than pets.

Without proper socialization from the time they’re a puppy, a Tibetan Mastiff will become aggressive toward strangers and other dogs. But with plenty of exposure to different people, pets and situations throughout their lives, they’ll be more accepting, though still aloof and standoffish, reserving their affection for loved ones and their aggression for predators.

Pet parents need to be diligent about working with their pup to prevent biting tendencies brought on by resource guarding, territoriality or overprotectiveness. They have a bite force of 500 pounds, stronger than that of an American Pit Bull Terrier or German Shepherd, so even a playful bite could do major damage.

Tibetan Mastiff puppies can be taught to get along well with children and other pets when raised with them, but as adults, they may be less accepting of new dogs or other people’s children, so you probably won’t be able to entertain a lot of house guests with one of these dogs around. And their sheer size and strength make it risky to allow even well-socialized Tibetans to be around young children, cats or small dogs.

Their bossy natures make them a bad fit for obedience competitions, and they’re not built for agility or speed. But give these dogs some sheep, goats or cattle to guard, and watch them excel. Guarding livestock is hardwired into their DNA, and they’re at their best and happiest when they’re allowed to be watchful protectors over their domain.

Tibetan Mastiff Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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