Tibetan Mastiffs were bred to keep strange animals away from "their" flock and property.
If not used to cats, many Tibetan Mastiffs have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures.
If anything goes wrong in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, or management of this breed, it is capable of
seriously injuring or killing other animals.
Before taking on Doris, our first TM, we did a lot of research online to explore how they were
with cats. The general feedback we had was that if socialised early to learn to live alongside cats, they were perfectly
safe with them. Indeed, all our breeders have lots of cats and they do not have any problems.
We safely socialised our 3 TM's with the cats initially in cat baskets. Once we were satisfied that all they wanted to do was sniff, we allowed the cats on our knees with the dogs on 'Dogmatics' and short leads. There were no incidents. Our three were just very curious and they all co-exist very peacefully here. As a pup, Dodge would get 'slapped' by any of the 3 cats if he sniffed a bit too forcefully and he soon learned to stop this behaviour. Tubbs, our eldest cat and Doris wash each other in the evenings!! So I would say be careful, socialise early (but safely) and you will have few problems.
The photos above show Doris and Dodger with Tubbs, our Senior cat, who takes her role very seriously. She stands no messing!!! The only pet we have who is allowed 'top cat' status!! We were very lucky indeed to get some photos from a friend of ours who has Dodger's black and tan sister Winnie. The 4th and 5th photos are of Winnie and Ernie the cat who are owned by Kate Whelan. The final shot was taken by Muriel Comte Lanoe - France.