Tibetan Wolfhound

160-180 lbs
Tibetan Mastiff
Irish Wolfhound
The Tibetan Wolfhound is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Tibetan Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound. He is a giant-sized dog, and, unfortunately, the breed is not recommended for novice dog owners. He is best suited to a home with a large yard with or without a fenced-in area. It will require much patience and persistence when training this hybrid breed. He sheds his long hair seasonally and will require a moderate amount of maintenance. Despite his size, he is good with children. He is reputed to be affectionate and playful, particularly with kids. He is moderately active as well.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Tibetan Mastiff, Irish Wolfhound

Tibetan Wolfhound Health

Average Size
Male Tibetan Wolfhound size stats
Height: 33-33 inches Weight: 160-180 lbs
Female Tibetan Wolfhound size stats
Height: 30-30 inches Weight: 160-180 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Liver Shunts
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Skin Problems
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Heart Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Analysis
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Tibetan Wolfhound Breed History

The Tibetan Wolfhound is a rare hybrid breed. For this reason, we must study the parent breeds in order to learn about the origins of the hybrid. The Irish Wolfhound was a great war dog, prized by royal courts for his size and prowess on the battlefield. The Irish Wolfhound was recorded as being present in many royal courts, and, at one time, the law stated that only royalty could legally own the Irish Wolfhound. Often, Irish Wolfhounds were given as gifts from one royal family to another. They were used for hunting, particularly wild boar. However, during the time of the Romans, the Irish Wolfhound was trained to pull men from their chariots or off the backs of their horses. During the eighteenth century, the Irish Wolfhound almost became extinct. However, breeders introduced Scottish Deerhounds, the Tibetan Borzi, a Pyrenean wolfhound, and possibly Great Danes to the bloodline, which produced the Irish Wolfhound we know today. The Tibetan Mastiff finds his origins in the Orient. Not a great deal is known about the Tibetan Mastiff prior to the 1800s, although historians believe he has been around for many centuries prior to that date. The first written mention of the dogs was a part of Captain Samual Turner's memoir, An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama in Tibet. Even so, Turner did not describe the Mastiff other than referring to a large dog during his visit. In 1847, Queen Victoria was presented with a large Tibetan dog. In 1873, the Tibetan Mastiff was imported to England, and people began showing the dog. In 1931, the Tibetan Mastiff Breed Club was formed. In the 1950s, two Tibetan Mastiffs were given to the sitting U.S. president. This pair was taken to a farm; no one knows exactly what happened to them. In the 1970s, another pair was imported to the United States. In 2007, the Tibetan Mastiff was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

Tibetan Wolfhound Breed Appearance

The Tibetan Wolfhound is a very large dog; in fact, he falls into the "giant" category. He may weigh nearly two hundred pounds at maturity. His bone structure is described as "solid and sturdy." He will likely stand almost three feet in height at the shoulder. He generally has a ruff of fur around his neck. He may be black with reddish brown markings. He may also be red in color  all over his body. He may be gray with tan colored markings, much like the Irish Wolfhound parent breed. His ears are likely to be floppy; if so, you will need to take extra care with this area. His tail will likely be short, and it may curl over his back. His tail may also be feathered. His coat is likely to be harsh and thick. He may also have a dense undercoat.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Tibetan Wolfhound eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tibetan Wolfhound nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Tibetan Wolfhound coat
black Tibetan Wolfhound coat
fawn Tibetan Wolfhound coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Tibetan Wolfhound wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tibetan Wolfhound Breed Maintenance

The Tibetan Wolfhound will require a moderate amount of maintenance. While he will not need to be stripped or clipped, as many breeds with a thick coat such as his would require, he will need daily brushing to keep his coat looking clean and healthy. Keep in mind that the Tibetan Wolfhound, like many other larger dogs, will need to be eased into a grooming routine. He can be quite sensitive to touch, and getting him accustomed to a grooming regimen at an early age is highly recommended. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent bad breath and the build-up of tartar. However, if you wish to prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth every day. Clip his nails every two or three weeks unless he wears them down on his own.
Brushes for Tibetan Wolfhound
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Tibetan Wolfhound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tibetan Wolfhound Temperament

The Tibetan Wolfhound is a gentle giant. He is good with all members of the family, but particularly with children. He generally is not aggressive, but early and proper socialization is key to a properly behaved dog. Socialized properly, he gets along well with other dogs. However, he may be standoffish with strangers. He does not enjoy spending a good deal of time alone, and separation anxiety may become a problem if you are away a good bit. He is not recommended for first-time dog owners. He needs discipline and a firm leader; he has a tendency to establish pack leadership if his human does not display leadership qualities. Obedience school or puppy kindergarten might be a good idea for the Tibetan Wolfhound. He does not adapt to a variety of situations very well. He is very intelligent, and he can be somewhat stubborn. He also has a tendency to wander if he is not placed inside a fenced-in area.

Tibetan Wolfhound Activity Requirements

If he lives indoors - and, surprisingly, even though he is a large dog, the Tibetan Wolfhound can adapt to apartment living - the Tibetan Wolfhound must have proper exercise. The Tibetan Wolfhound is not active indoors; however, his sheer size makes him better suited for a larger apartment. He will need to be walked daily. A quarter-mile or a half-mile will suffice. The Tibetan Wolfhound loves to play, and he will enjoy joining you outdoors for any activity. He will enjoy hiking or following along as you traverse biking trails. He will also enjoy trips to the dog park. Again, he tends to gain weight if he does not get proper activity, so do not mistake his indoor inactivity as a sign that he is healthy.  Provide him with toys that stimulate his mind as well as provide him with physical activity.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Tibetan Wolfhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$2.80 - $3.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00
food bag monthly cost

Tibetan Wolfhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 85.0 lbs
Female Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 85.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 125.0 lbs
Female Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 125.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 28.0 inches Weight: 140.0 lbs
Female Tibetan Wolfhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 28.0 inches Weight: 140.0 lbs

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