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7 Countries Where Tibetan Mastiff Dogs Are Banned or Restricted

Updated on April 18, 2017

Tibetan mastiffs are one among the oldest dog breeds that have the glorious history, which were originated from the mountain range of Himalaya in Tibet. They are most recognised for their exceptional look like a lion and extraordinary courage and power. Which are Very Territorial and protective. That makes them the best guard dog and World's most expensive dog breed. But in some countries they are listed in dangerous dog breed category that are banned or restricted. Find the seven amazing facts about Tibetan mastiffs and list of seven countries where they are banned.


1: Ukraine

Since 1998 Ukrainian law has a strict preventive law on dangerous dog breed and 80 dog breeds are listed as a dangerous dog breed in Ukraine that forbidden to owe in Ukraine. And microchipping, walking on a short leash and muzzle is mandatory in for restricted dog breeds.

The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.


2. Malaysia

Around 14 dog breeds, including Tibetan mastiffs are banned in Malaysia. They are listed for dangerous dog breed category and are measured as an unpredictable dog breed that poses threat against people, especially children.

Many breeders believe that they are at the originator of mastiffs and large dogs and mastiffs.


3. Belarus

Around 40 dog breeds, including Tibetan mastiffs, are identified as a dangerous dog breed in Belarus. The people with disabilities and minors are not permitted to own them. Dog owners must be minimum of 18 yrs old to own a Tibetan Mastiff in Belarus.

A red Tibetan Mastiff has become the most expensive dog in the world after being sold for $2 million in China.

Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff | Source

4. France

Mastiff type dogs, including Tibetan Mastiffs and the fighting dog breeds are legislated in France, since 1999. Though many dogs that comes to this category are not banned, but *nameo fa agency* have restricted rules for owning them in France. According to French regulations, they must be kept on a leash and must be wearing hard leash, collar and a muzzle.

Tibetan mastiffs look like lions, which makes them one of the most sought-after pets in parts of Asia and Europe.

Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff | Source

5. Germany

Though the most of fighting dog breeds have originated from Germany. But Roman and Chinese fighting dog are banned or restricted in Germany along with American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier. And Tibetan Mastiffs are noted on the list of Chinese fighting dog and German regulation have imposed certain restrictions for keeping them.

Tibetan Mastiff dogs are known to be natural family protectors.

Tibetan mastiff
Tibetan mastiff | Source

6. Maldives

Maldives has a ban on all mastiff and large shepherd dogs, including the Tibetan mastiff. Travelling with dog is not allowed in the Maldives and Maldive doesn’t allow travellers to enter the foreign dog breeds in the territorial waters of the Maldives.

Tibetan mastiffs are courageous, fearless, tempered, and intelligent dogs and very loyal to their family. However the young Tibetan Mastiffs are regarded as among the most destructive dogs in the world.

Are Tibetan Mastiffs an aggressive and dangerous dog breed?

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Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff | Source

7. United States

American kennel club (AKC) has listed around 75 dog breeds as dangerous or banned. The list of all banned breeds can be obtained from the American Kennel Club's official sites. Also, some dog breeds that are or not in the list of banned dogs in AKC, but they are banned or restricted by states.
Tibetan mastiff, Great Dane and many other dogs are illegal in Fairfield (county seat of, Jefferson County, Iowa, United States), which are not in list of AKC.

The Tibetan Mastiff can be SAME-SEX AGGRESSIVE and aloof, but they are generally tolerant of Children and other pets.

© 2017 ARADHYA


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    • srai01 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Brunchmaster Flex, you are perfectly right

      This is applied for all the dogs breeds which are banned in other countries!

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      Cooper Harrison 

      2 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      What a shame - it's such a great dog, and what matters when it comes to behavior is almost always training, not breed.

    • srai01 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Thanks grand old lady!

      I agree with you, that dogs behavior depends how they are groomed and trained.

      Even a chi Chihuahua, Labrador and Golden Retriever can be aggressive and Pitbul, Tibetan Mastiff and other mastiffs and fighting dog breeds can be very friendly.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      The Tibetan mastiff is so cute and sweet looking. It's sad to think that it is banned in many countries. Maybe a dog's aggression depends on how it was raised, what do you think? Thanks for such an interesting and informative article:)


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