Tibetan Mastiff and German Shepherd Mix A Complete Guide

Tibetan Mastiff and German Shepherd Mix

If you want the ultimate guard dog that is also attentive and loyal, there might be a good dog out there for you.

Mixing a Tibetan Mastiff and German Shepherd gives you the fierce protectiveness of a Tibetan Mastiff with the eager to please, focused, and caring nature of a German Shepherd.

Plus, with reaching almost 30 inches in height and close to 200 pounds, you can be sure to have an intimidating but loving dog on your hands. 

Keep reading to learn more about the German Shepherd, the Tibetan Mastiff, and their offspring! By the end of this article, you should know about all three of these breeds, and learn more about the  Tibetan Mastiff and German Shepherd

German Shepherd, Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd, and Tibetan Mastiff Comparison Table

  German Shepherd Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd Tibetan Mastiff
Height 22-26 inches 22-30 inches 24+ inches
Weight 50-90 pounds 80-195 pounds 70 to 150 pounds
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 9-13 years 10-12 year
Colors Black Black and cream Black and red Black and silver Black and tan Blue Gray Liver Sable White Bi-color Black Black and tan Black and cream Sable Bi-color Brown Blue Liver Black Black and tan Brown Red gold Brown and tan Blue gray Red gold sable Blue gray and tan
Coat Type Double coat with medium length Double coat with medium length Double coat with medium length
Affection levels Very loving Fairly loving Fairly loving
Shedding Level Sheds a lot Sheds a lot Sheds a fair amount
Temperament Pretty playful Very protective Fairly playful Very protective Average playfulness Very protective
Health Issues Bloat Elbow dysplasia Hip dysplasia Eye anomalies Bloat Elbow dysplasia Hip dysplasia Epilepsy Elbow dysplasia Hip dysplasia  Hypothyroidism Eye anomalies Seizures
Trainability Easy to train Can be a bit stubborn Average ability to train
Exercise Needs a lot of exercise Need low levels of daily exercise Daily moderate exercise 
Friendliness to People Somewhat open to strangers Pretty reserved with strangers Very reserved with strangers
Friendliness to Dogs Okay with other dogs Okay with other dogs Okay with other dogs
Drooling Levels May drool a little May drool a little Average amount of drooling
Mental Stimulation Needs a lot of mental stimulation Needs a fair amount of mental stimulation Needs a fair amount of mental stimulation
Barking Level Average amounts of barking Average amounts of barking Average amounts of barking
German Shepherd, Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd, and Tibetan Mastiff Comparison Table

About German Shepherds

About German Shepherds
German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are loyal and courageous. They are protective of their families and are eager to learn and train with their owners.

As many Shepherds were bred to be herders, guide dogs, or police dogs, they can stay focused even during chaotic moments and are very smart and easy to train. 

Usually, German Shepherds come in a mix of colors, usually with some shade of black or brown. They can be 22 to 26 inches tall and close to 100 pounds.

Due to their size, the German Shepherd’s common health issues are bloat, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. 

German Shepherds have been instrumental in shaping history. In WWI and WWII, they were used to lead injured soldiers out of harm’s way, and pass messages around. Now, they are adapted for military and police training, but during the war, they were also found to be great guide dogs. 

When German Shepherds would lead soldiers out of the lines to safety, soldiers noticed how good they were at leading soldiers that couldn’t see. Later, that ability was adapted for German Shepherds to be the first guide dogs to lead the blind. 

About Tibetan Mastiffs

About Tibetan Mastiffs
Tibetan Mastiff Dog

Tibetan Mastiffs were bred to be imposing and powerful guardians. They are loyal and protective of their families, and not likely to slack on their duties.

For this reason, they can be difficult for first-time dog owners, as they have strong personalities that can make them difficult to train in some areas. 

As they were bred to guard the house, they do not require a lot of exercise. These mastiffs can stand anywhere between 24 to 26 inches tall or more and easily reach over 100 pounds. They are a gorgeous breed, often compared to a lion due to their fluffy fur and alert and imposing stance. 

They can have a few health problems, including seizures, bloat, and hip dysplasia. 

About Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds

Tibetan Mastiff and German Shepherd mixes need a lot of space. They can weigh almost 200 pounds, and stand up to 30 inches tall. They aren’t suited for small apartments or homes, and would preferably have a large yard to play in. 

These dogs are often very gentle and loving but can be somewhat difficult to train, due to the fiercely loyal parent breeds that make up the Mastiff Shepherd mix. They are loving and want to be family dogs. 

Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds have a few health problems, including eye problems, hip dysplasia, and bloat. 

How Large Does a Mastiff Shepherd Get?

The Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd mix can easily reach up to 30 inches tall and close to 200 pounds. The average height range for one is 22-30 inches and their weight is usually between 80 and 195 pounds. 

Do Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds Look Intimidating?

Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds are large dogs with an intimidating presence. They have thick muzzles, a wide chest, large paws, broad shoulders, and muscular legs.

Since they are rarely bred on purpose, they can take any mix of appearance between a German Shepherd and a Tibetan Mastiff. 

Both breeds have the opportunity to look intimidating and can easily frighten anyone that wants to come into your house. 

Will My Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd Listen to Me?

Generally, this mix can be a highly intelligent dog that can pick up commands with ease. However, Tibetan Mastiffs tend to be fairly stubborn, which competes against the German Shepherd’s eagerness to please. 

While they certainly aren’t the most difficult dog to train, their stubbornness and unwillingness to listen when commanded can make it frustrating to try and train these mixed dogs.

Are Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds The Best Guard Dogs?

Due to their parent breeds, Tibetan Mastiff Shepherds make great guard dogs. They are intimidating, wary of strangers, and large. However, these dogs are not easily found, as the majority of these mixed breeds are accidentally created and not purposeful breeding. 

The handful of breeders that are trying to create this mix are focused on creating focused and powerful guard dogs, reminiscent of the Tibetan Mastiff, while making them eager to please and play as with the German Shepherd. 

Right now, if you happen to come across a Mastiff Shepherd mixed-breed, they will make an amazing guard dog.

However, in a few generations, they may be one of the best guard dogs out there, as they would be loving, and eager to please while also being protective and intimidating. 


If you are looking for a smart, loyal, and fiercely protective dog that is still a great family dog, the Tibetan Mastiff Shepherd mix might be the perfect dog for you.

They can be stubborn and difficult to train, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to socialize and train them properly, they can be just the dog you need in your home. 

They aren’t the easiest dog to find, as many of them are accidental mixes that often get left in shelters. But if one comes your way, it might be worth taking them in and giving them some much-needed love.