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The Mastiff, or the English Mastiff, is an ancient breed of canine which descended from the Molossers thousands of years ago. The name Mastiff derives its meaning from the Anglo-Saxon word “masty” which means massive or powerful.
The Mastiff is a powerful guard dog as used by the Molossians. The Romans used the Mastiff as a fighting dog or war dog. It was common to use these giant dogs for entertainment to fight with bulls, bears, lions, and other dogs until this activity was outlawed.
It is believed that the Mastiffs may have arrived to America on the Mayflower. This breed was definitely in America by the 1800’s and has increased in popularity since. It is often characterized as a “gentle giant,” fierce enough to guard and protect its loved ones, yet gentle and affectionate with children and family.
The male Mastiff stands approximately 27-30 inches tall at the shoulders and can weigh between 150-200 pounds. The female Mastiff is slightly smaller. The Mastiff is considered to be the largest breed by weight. Mastiffs have a large head with a short wide muzzle. They are recognized by their loose skin all over including the head. Their coats are short and come in black, brindle, fawn, and silver.
The Mastiff is usually a quiet, calm dog. They rarely bark unless provoked. As long as they are socialized well, they get along well with children, other pets, and other people. Generally they are wary of strangers and feel a sense of duty to guard and protect home and family.
Caring for a Mastiff dog is easy. They require very little attention, though they enjoy “hanging out” with their owners. They would rather lounge around the house or the yard, however, they do need to exercise regularly to maintain good health. A good diet and regular exercise can aid in reducing or preventing some of the common health problems Mastiff dogs acquire such as bloat, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.
Training while young is essential. Mastiffs must be taught to be obedient at a young age to establish who is master. It is easier to train and control the Mastiff while young before he grows to be too large and heavy to handle. Also, if training is neglected one might find that the Mastiff has picked up some bad behavioral problems which might be more difficult to correct later. Mastiffs live to please their owners and therefore are eager to learn and please. Once a Mastiff has learned a command they never forget. They may however, be stubborn and not perform if they feel it is pointless.
Other common Mastiffs include the Neapolitan Mastiff, the American Bandog (Bandogge) Mastiff, the French Mastiff, and the Brazilian Mastiff. All breeds of Mastiff make excellent guard dogs or family pets. Novice pet owners should not choose a Mastiff. It takes an experienced dog owner to be able to train and handle this magnificent breed.