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Description: The Mastiff is a large, massive, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. They are one of the heaviest breeds in the world, weighing up to 200 pounds! They give the impression of grandeur and dignity. They have been developed into a guardian, and few intruders would venture onto a property guarded by a Mastiff, yet they are a much loved family dog with a gentle side. Mastiffs have been used since Roman times as guard dogs and dogs of war. They are very aware of what is going on around them, and will act accordingly to anything unusual. Mastiffs tend to keep close to home and are disinclined to roam. Unknown to most people, the Mastiff is a gentle giant. They are surprisingly gentle, caring and calm. They remain easygoing, loyal and protective. Mastiffs are excellent guards, and have been used as such for nearly their entire known history. They can be possessive of their home, their owner, and even their owner's car. They are excellent with children if they are socialized when they are young, and they are perfect for the loving person who wants a kindly gentle dog with defensive capabilities.
Other Names: English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: 27.5 -
Apricot, fawn, brindle with black around the eyes and extending up between
them, over the muzzle, ears and nose.
are loyal and alert, caring and protective. They are surprisingly good natured
and caring, naturally easygoing and calm. They are capable of guarding, however,
and should be properly socialized when they are puppies. They are attentive,
good with children and well behaved.
Watch-dog: Very High. Mastiffs
are very alert and used for this purpose exactly.
Care and Exercise:
Easy to groom with minimal attention. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe
with toweling. Bathe only when necessary. Regular but not over tiring exercise
will keep the Mastiff in shape and develop their muscles. Controlled exercise
must be given to a puppy until they are fully developed.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Medium.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye diseases and bloat. Bloat is a health concern to most dogs, being the biggest killer of dogs second to cancer, but Mastiffs are particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Bloat is also known as twisted stomach or gastric torsion. Other, smaller health concerns include obesity, cancer, osteosarcoma, and cystinuria.
Life Span: 9 - 12 years.
Unfortunately due to their large size, the Mastiff is not very long lived.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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