Mastiff

Mastiff information

It is believed that the Mastiff arrived to Great Britain with Phoenician traders. Back then, the Mastiff was mostly used as a guard dog and fighting dog.

The Romans found another use to this large and strong dog breed, training them as military dogs.

In 1835, animal fights became forbidden and the popularity of the breed decreased in the UK.

Nowadays, the Old English Mastiff population is not very large in the UK. Massifs being mainly used as guard dogs and companions. However, the Mastiff is the ancestor of numerous more popular dog breeds like the Bullmastiff, the Dogue de Bordeaux and the American Mastiff.


Mastiff characteristics

The size of the Mastiff varies between 27 to 30 inches. He weighs from 79 to 86 Kilos.

The coat of the Mastiff can be of different colours. The most common colours are apricot and fawn and dark fawn brindle.


Mastiff temperament

Mastiffs are good natured dogs. They make great companions for the whole family. However, due to their large size they need to be watched around children as they are not conscious of their strength. Mastiffs are good guard dogs and defend naturally the family and the house. A mild introduction towards strangers is highly recommended.

Mastiffs are generally calm dogs which get along quite well with other dogs. Sometimes the male Mastiffs can be more aggressive, so an early socialization would be advised.


Mastiff training

The Mastiff breed has a strong character, where a strong leadership is required. They are generally good learners who are eager to please their masters. It is very important that your Mastiff puppy understands the rules of the household so that he does not develop any behavioural problems in his later life. Keep in mind that the Mastiff puppy standing in front of you will grow into a very powerful and strong dog. Obedience training is therefore a must.

Like most puppies, Mastiffs puppies lose focus very quickly, therefore, it is recommended to have regular small training sessions not exceeding 15 minutes.


Mastiff food habits

It is important to feed the Mastiff with a good quality aliment and within the right quantities. Mastiffs generally do well on dry food. A good aliment is essential to the puppy growth and future health.

Mastiff are known to be greedy and can easily become overweight, therefore it is crucial to measure their food.


Mastiff Health

The Mastiff has a life expectancy of about 7 to 10 years.The Mastiff breed is prone to some genetic diseases like: