Tibetan Wolfhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tibetan Wolfhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginIreland flagIreland Tibet flagTibet
Breed Type
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Cross Breed

Tibetan Wolfhound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Tibetan Wolfhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Tibetan Wolfhound?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Tibetan Wolfhound? How many Tibetan Wolfhound are there in the world?
Average: The Tibetan Wolfhound is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Tibetan Wolfhound Size

Size
Is a Tibetan Wolfhound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Tibetan Wolfhound get?

Large Giant
Weight
How much does the Tibetan Wolfhound weigh? How much should the Tibetan Wolfhound breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Tibetan Wolfhound?
90-150 pounds (40-69 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Tibetan Wolfhound?
120 pounds (54.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tibetan Wolfhound? Tibetan Wolfhound height:
28-35 inches (71-90 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Tibetan Wolfhound?
31.5 inches (80.5 cm)

Tibetan Wolfhound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Tibetan Wolfhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
WiryRoughThickHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tibetan Wolfhound's coat?
Blue GrayTanBrownRedBlackCreamWheatenSilverWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Tibetan Wolfhound and how often?
Average: The Tibetan Wolfhound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Tibetan Wolfhound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Tibetan Wolfhound?
Tibetan Wolfhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Tibetan Wolfhound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Tibetan Wolfhound every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Tibetan Wolfhound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tibetan Wolfhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AloofStrongWilledCourageousProtectiveStubbornLoyalDignifiedSweetTemperedIntelligentGenerousPatientThoughtful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tibetan Wolfhound? Is the Tibetan Wolfhound breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Tibetan Wolfhound ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Tibetan Wolfhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Tibetan Wolfhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tibetan Wolfhound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Tibetan Wolfhounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Tibetan Wolfhound a good family dog?
Average to High: Tibetan Wolfhounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Tibetan Wolfhound need? Tibetan Wolfhound social needs:
Tibetan Wolfhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Tibetan Wolfhound bark?
Average to High: The Tibetan Wolfhound is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Tibetan Wolfhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tibetan Wolfhounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Tibetan Wolfhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Tibetan Wolfhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tibetan Wolfhound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Tibetan Wolfhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)

High 🔼

The Tibetan Wolfhound has a high chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Tibetan Wolfhound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Tibetan Wolfhound? How much bite force does a Tibetan Wolfhound have?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Tibetan Wolfhound bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large.

They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400.

It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tibetan Wolfhound do?
Tibetan Wolfhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tibetan Wolfhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tibetan Wolfhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tibetan Wolfhound roam?
Tibetan Wolfhounds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tibetan Wolfhound have high prey drive?
Tibetan Wolfhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Tibetan Wolfhounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tibetan Wolfhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Tibetan Wolfhound breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Tibetan Wolfhound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tibetan Wolfhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Tibetan Wolfhound be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Tibetan Wolfhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Tibetan Wolfhound temperament with other people:
Tibetan Wolfhounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Tibetan Wolfhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Tibetan Wolfhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tibetan Wolfhound temperament with children:
Tibetan Wolfhounds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Tibetan Wolfhound breed live with a cat?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Tibetan Wolfhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs get along with other dogs?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Tibetan Wolfhound can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tibetan Wolfhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Tibetan Wolfhound breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Tibetan Wolfhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Tibetan Wolfhounds good office dogs? Do Tibetan Wolfhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhounds be office dogs?
No
Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Tibetan Wolfhound temperament with senior people? Are Tibetan Wolfhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are commonly okay with elderly people.

Tibetan Wolfhound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Tibetan Wolfhounds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Tibetan Wolfhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Tibetan Wolfhound breed? Most common health risks of Tibetan Wolfhound:
Autoimmune HypothyroidismCanine Inherited Demyelinative NeuropathyElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaOsteochondrosis DissecansPanosteitisBloatDilated CardiomyopathyDrug SensitivityFibrocartilaginous Embolic Myelopathy Liver ShuntOsteosarcomaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Tibetan Wolfhound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Tibetan Wolfhound see the vet?
Rare
The Tibetan Wolfhound should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs live? How old can a Tibetan Wolfhound be? What is the age limit of the Tibetan Wolfhound? How many years can the oldest Tibetan Wolfhound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Tibetan Wolfhound?

10-14 years
The average lifespan of Tibetan Wolfhound: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tibetan Wolfhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tibetan Wolfhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tibetan Wolfhound have? What is the activity level of the Tibetan Wolfhound?
Tibetan Wolfhounds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Tibetan Wolfhound need? How much exercise do Tibetan Wolfhound dogs require per day?
Tibetan Wolfhounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Tibetan Wolfhound breed need?
Tibetan Wolfhounds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Tibetan Wolfhound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Tibetan Wolfhound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Tibetan Wolfhound? How much food should I feed my Tibetan Wolfhound?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tibetan Wolfhound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Tibetan Wolfhound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Tibetan Wolfhound's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Tibetan Wolfhound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Tibetan Wolfhound has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Tibetan Wolfhound drool?
The Tibetan Wolfhound is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Tibetan Wolfhound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Tibetan Wolfhound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a boat dog?

Not really

Tibetan Wolfhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tibetan Wolfhound be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Tibetan Wolfhound breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Tibetan Wolfhound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Tibetan Wolfhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Tibetan Wolfhound pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Tibetan Wolfhound breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Tibetan Wolfhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tibetan Wolfhound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Tibetan Wolfhound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Tibetan Wolfhound have? How many puppies can a Tibetan Wolfhound give birth to?
5-12 puppies

Tibetan Wolfhound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Tibetan Wolfhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Tibetan Wolfhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Tibetan Wolfhound breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Tibetan Wolfhound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Tibetan Wolfhounds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tibetan Wolfhounds are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Tibetan Wolfhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Tibetan Wolfhounds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tibetan Wolfhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Tibetan Wolfhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Tibetan Wolfhound breed in the home.
  • Stinkiness: The Tibetan Wolfhound has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Tibetan Wolfhound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Tibetan Wolfhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: Tibetan Wolfhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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