Tibetan Mastiffs are massive dogs measuring at a minimum 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 150 pounds. The Tibetan Mastiff is named after the area in southwestern China called Tibet where the dog breed took form centuries ago in order to be guard dogs for livestock and property. Tibetan Mastiffs are as gorgeous as they are massive with long coatings, appealing colors, and beautiful tails.
You can also recognize Tibetan Mastiffs by their broad heads, high-set and V-shaped ears, and brown eyes. As far as their colors are concerned, Tibetan Mastiffs can be found in black, brown, gold, and blue with some having tan markings in various areas of their bodies. If you are looking for help with Tibetan Mastiff grooming, this is the post for you.
The Tibetan Mastiff Grooming Process
1. Brush Your Tibetan Mastiff’s Hair
Your Tibetan Mastiff sheds little hair throughout most of the year. However, during the spring season, your Tibetan Mastiff sheds his/her hair heavily which can also be referred to as a blowout.
So, although you don’t need to worry about your Tibetan Mastiff’s shedding most of the year, you will want to bring the shedding under control during the spring by proactively brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating in order to get rid of dead hair.
If you don’t do that, all the hair that your Tibetan Mastiff sheds will end up on your floor or furniture. Also, your Tibetan Mastiff’s thick double coating is a breeding ground for mats which can be painful for the dog if not taken care of.
So, you will want to be proactive about matting too. Brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating will also take care of the matting.
I recommend that you get the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is effective at working its way through your Tibetan Mastiff’s thick double coating in order to remove the dead hair and mats without scratching his/her skin in the process.
The brush also comes with a self-cleaning feature that will make it easy for you to clean out the brush with the press of a button. That will come in handy as you accumulate the dead hair and mats from brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating.
Once you have the brush in your hands, you can start brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating. As you brush your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating, be sure to pay extra attention to the mane, breeches, and tail as these are the areas where his/her coating is the heaviest and where mats are the most likely to appear.
For best results, you will want to brush in the direction that your Tibetan Mastiff’s hair grows. I would also brush one small section at a time.
As for how often you should brush your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating, for most of the year, doing it one to three times per week should do it. However, during the heavy shedding in the spring, you will want to brush your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating daily.
2. Brush Your Tibetan Mastiff’s Teeth
Brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s teeth is an important part of the grooming routine. That is needed in order to prevent tartar buildup from taking form on your Tibetan Mastiff’s teeth.
That is because if tartar buildup goes unchecked, that can lead to tooth decay which isn’t good for your Tibetan Mastiff. So, make sure that you brush your Tibetan Mastiff’s teeth on a regular basis – ideally daily.
You will want to get the Virbac toothpaste for brushing your Tibetan Mastiff’s teeth because that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for a dog’s teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Tibetan Mastiff’s teeth.
3. Bathe Your Tibetan Mastiff
You can bathe your Tibetan Mastiff once per month. But, you don’t want to bathe your Tibetan Mastiff more often than that because that can result in the loss of natural oils that nourishes his/her skin and coating.
When you are ready to bathe your Tibetan Mastiff, here is the process for how you can do that. First, take your Tibetan Mastiff to your bathtub. Once there, fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating.
Now, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating, taking care not to get it into his/her eyes. If you aren’t sure which shampoo to use with your Tibetan Mastiff, I would go with the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as that is one of the best shampoos that I can think of.
Once the shampoo has been applied, be sure and rinse your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating until every trace of the shampoo has been rinsed out. With the bath over, dry your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating with a bathing towel and then re-brush it.
4. Clean Your Tibetan Mastiff’s Ears
Like all dogs, your Tibetan Mastiff needs to have his/her ears cleaned out. That is because your Tibetan Mastiff’s ears can become breeding grounds for wax buildup and that isn’t good for the dog as it can lead to ear infection.
So, make sure that you check in on your Tibetan Mastiff’s ears periodically. If they start to look dirty to you, that indicates that it is time for you to clean them out.
You will want to get the Virbac ear cleaner for your Tibetan Mastiff’s ears because that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for cleaning a dog’s ears. You can apply the ear cleaner onto cotton balls and then use them to clean your Tibetan Mastiff’s ears.
5. Clip Your Tibetan Mastiff’s Nails
Your Tibetan Mastiff also needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. That is because you don’t want your Tibetan Mastiff’s nails to be too long as that can cause paw pain, resulting in discomfort when walking around.
So, make sure to keep an eye on your Tibetan Mastiff’s nails or listen for any clicking sounds when he/she is walking around. That way, you will know for sure when you need to clip his/her nails.
You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Tibetan Mastiff’s nails. Be careful not to clip the quick part of your Tibetan Mastiff’s nails as that can easily cause bleeding.
Tibetan Mastiff Grooming – Conclusion
There you have it for Tibetan Mastiff grooming. If you are wondering if you should trim your Tibetan Mastiff’s hair, from what I understand, your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating is designed to keep him/her warm and cool during the winter and summer respectively.
And trimming your Tibetan Mastiff’s coating can result in him/her losing that ability. So, it isn’t recommended at all. Also, if you are finding that your Tibetan Mastiff isn’t cooperating with you while you are grooming him/her, this post will help you with that.
What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Tibetan Mastiff before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.