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Chow Chow Vs Tibetan Mastiff


Chow Chow:


Chow chow is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. Originated in northern China, the dog is known for his independent nature. Researches also say that this is one of the first ancient breeds of dog which have evolved from wolf. Chow Chow dogs have a life span of about 9-15 years.

Tibetan Mastif:


Tibetan Mastiff is believed to be originated in Tibet. This affectionate gentle guard dog understands people really well and now enjoys the role of a show dog and family companion. When their needs are met, they are generally quiet dogs. Tibetan Mastiff possesses impressive ruggedness and endurance that make it capable of living in high altitude regions of Himalayas. Tibetan Mastiffs have a life expectancy of 10-14 years.


Chow Chow:

Weight of Chow Chows varies from 45 pounds to 70 pounds. Chow Chow is a sturdy dog with medium size and a square built. Its blue-black tongue and straight hind legs are the two distinct features of this dog. A masterpiece of beauty, dignity and naturalness, this dog has a large head with broad and flat skull. The tail of the dog is set high, carried very close to the back. A dog of Chow Chow breed has a dense, harsh, rough and thick coat. Chow Chows can have coat of black, blue, brown, cinnamon and red color. These dogs require high maintenance when it comes to grooming. Height of Chow Chows may be somewhere between 17 inches to 20 inches.

Tibetan Mastiff:

Tibetan Mastiff dogs are large but not giant. These have a weight somewhere between 100 to 160 pounds. The dog looks strong and tail and britches are well feathered. The dog has a broad and impressive head, and a substantial back skull. Deep set and almond shaped eyes looks great. The tail of the dog is carried over the back in a single curl. Tibetan Mastiff has a dense and long coat. The color of the coat can be black, black & tan, blue, brown, gray and red. Similar to Chow Chow, Tibetan Mastiff also requires a high degree of grooming. Tibetan Mastiffs have a minimum height of 26 inches and a maximum height of 30 inches.    


Chow Chows:

Chow Chows love to play with their people but don’t pay attention in strangers. A Chow Chow needs early socialization to develop his good behavior. Following are the characteristic traits of a Chow Chow:

  • Aggressive
  • Alert
  • Detached
  • Independent
  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Dignified
  • Stubborn
  • Protective
  • Quiet

Tibetan Mastiffs:

Tibetan Mastiff expects from its people to treat him equal not as a pet. A loyal family guardian, Tibetan Mastiff is serious about his work. Tibetan Mastiff has the following personality traits:

  • Aggressive
  • Courageous
  • Independent
  • Loyal
  • Protective


Chow Chow:

Before buying a Chow Chow, you should get tests for his eyes, elbow and hips. Health concerns in Chow Chow Include:

  • Distichiasis
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Entropion
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Elongated Palate
  • Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM)

Renal Cortical Hypoplasia can be occasionally seen in Chow Chows.

Tibetan Mastiff:

A Tibetan Mastiff is generally healthy and has no major health concern. However, it is advised to get the tests of hip and thyroid of your Tibetan Mastiff before buying him. Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy, Entropion and Seizures are occasionally seen health concerns in this breed. The dog is also on a risk of minor health concerns such as Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and hypothyroidism. These dogs are not hypoallergenic.


Chow Chow:

Chows can stay in any place provide they have human companionship. Chow chows can’t tolerate too much heat. An adult Chow Chow needs daily exercise but require no special exercise. Chows can be housetrained easily and can learn anything easily. A proud and well trained Chow Chow never responds to physical abuse. Chow Chows need regular grooming and brushing.

Tibetan Mastiff:

Mature Tibetan Mastiffs are not hyperactive but they love to exercise. TMs shed their coat only once in an year, still they need regular brushing. The dog loves to stay indoors, and require a large space with tall fence. A half an hour walk or 20 minute’s play is enough to meet his exercise needs. The dog can be easily housetrained. TMs also require early socialization.


Chow Chow:

Recommended amount of the food for Chow Chows is 2-11/4 cups of high quality, nutritious dry food. You are advised not to overfeed this dog to prevent obesity. Obese Chow Chow is more prone to injuries.

Tibetan Mastiff:

Tibetan Mastiffs should be fed twice a day. The amount of the food will depend on various factors such as age, activity level, metabolism and size. Generally, you can feed 4-6 cups of high quality dry food to the dog. Don’t leave food the food available all the time for the dog as he will get obese.


Swati takes pride of being a dog lover. Her current passions include blogging, writing and collecting dog pictures of various breeds. She is an active member of stray dog care society.

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