Kind, Dignified, Protective
“Mastiff” stands for a massive dog from Great Britain, with a wide mouth and wrinkled forehead. Also known as the “Old English Mastiff”, it is one of the largest dogs in the world. He impresses with his size and powerful physique alone. But behind the terrifying black mask hides a very peaceful fellow. A keen observer, the Mastiff was originally kept as a guard dog. Today, thanks to its calm and friendly nature, it is a popular family dog. The gentle giants always behave correctly towards children and the elderly.FCI Group: Pinscher – Schnauzer – Molosser – Swiss Mountain Dogs
- Size: Large
- Weight: 54-100kg
- Life expectancy: 10-12 years
- Coat type: short hair
- Colors: brindle, fawn, apricot
Small and large Molossians are widespread throughout Europe. In its country of origin England , the mastiff was bred out as an independent type. Due to its size and character, it is very different from the other breeds. Today’s mastiff is much heavier and larger than its ancestors. That is why he is also often referred to as the “English mastiff”.
At times, the strong overbreeding severely restricted his mobility. However, thanks to the official breed standard, the dogs are protected from further overbreeding. However, this did not harm his calm and balanced nature . That is why the mastiff is still one of the most peaceful dogs in its size class.
Unfortunately, in some federal states of Germany he is one of the dangerous dog breeds.
Keeping them is therefore only possible under special conditions. This assessment is technically not justified and puts the gentle giants in a wrong light.
When faced with a new situation, the Mastiff surprises with restraint and considered reactions. Strangers often interpret this as anxiety in the dog. Apart from being aggressive, this is completely foreign to the Mastiff.
The high irritation threshold is in the nature of this gentle breed. Lovers of course appreciate this special charm. The forehead of the mastiff is characteristic. If special attention is required, the Mastiff will pucker it.
The Mastiff can form a very strong bond with you as the owner.
This makes him a loyal apartment and house dog . Since he is always looking to be close to his family members, keeping him in a kennel is not recommended. The Mastiff meets threats with absolute composure and without aggressive behavior. He would stop attackers in the event of a possible threat, but would only attack in extreme emergencies.
The Mastiff is particularly suitable for a household with children.
Even when he is hectic or stressed, he convinces with his balanced nature. He usually also gets along with other conspecifics. Due to its size, the Mastiff naturally needs a lot of space. It would be perfect if you own a house with a large garden to play and run around in.
The Mastiff is also not averse to long walks or sporting activities.
For example, he shows particular interest in agility. Even with trickdogging, he masters all tasks reliably and with concentration. You can also keep the Mastiff as a guard dog . Here he convinces above all with his unique power of observation. In addition, he always assesses tricky situations correctly.
Due to its enormous size and massive physique, the mastiff not only needs a lot, but also high-quality food. Especially in the growth phase of the young animal, you should stick to a precise nutrition plan when it comes to nutrition.
Since there is an increased risk of stomach torsion , an elevated food bowl is helpful. You should also let your dog rest for at least two to three hours after feeding. This way you can significantly reduce the risk of rotation.
The Mastiff tends to be overweight with less range of motion. This has a bad effect on the bone structure. In order to avoid long-term effects, you should always pay attention to the optimal weight and the correct movement of your dog. The feeding of treats and chews should therefore always be limited.
Digestive problems such as diarrhea or food intolerances are also not uncommon.
Here you should refrain from feeding the incompatible feed components. An elimination diet is the basis for this. Biologically appropriate raw feeding (BARF) is even recommended for particularly sensitive animals.
Thanks to the short coat, the care of the Mastiff is rather unproblematic. Weekly brushing of the coat should be sufficient for grooming. You should refrain from bathing the dog regularly so that the natural protective function of the skin is not disturbed. The overlapping of the upper and lower lips can in some cases cause “lip dermatitis”. In this case, regular grooming of the flews is required.
The heavy folding of the body and head can also lead to chronic inflammation that requires special care. Of course, regular cleaning of the ears and eyes is also part of the care of your Mastiff. To avoid tartar , you should provide your dog with chews every day. Teeth cleaning can also be supported by brushing your teeth.
The original Mastiff is believed to be the ancestor of many different dog breeds. These include bulldogs, the Great Dane or the boxer. However, the exact origin of the mastiff is not concretely documented. According to some sources, the Tibetan Mastiff is the progenitor. According to the latest findings, however, this is rather unlikely.
It is more likely that the Macedonian Molosser is the possible ancestor. It found its way to England on earlier merchant ships.
Earlier sources show that mastiff-like dogs existed by the time the Romans invaded Britain. The Romans were so impressed by the dog breed that they took some animals back home. Unfortunately, the gentle giants were abused for fights in the arenas there.
In the late Middle Ages, the Mastiff was mainly used to hunt bears. However, he was also used as a protective war dog. The first official breed standard was established in 1879. The Old English Mastiff Club was founded four years later.
Due to its use in both world wars, the dog breed was threatened with extinction.
Thankfully, the breed was saved thanks to the rescue of surviving animals.
Mastiffs are among the largest dog breeds of our time. The choice of toys and chews should therefore be tailored to the size of your dog. Small toys can be easily swallowed and pose a particular risk. In addition, the Mastiff has an extremely strong bite force that can easily prey on unstable objects. You should also pay attention to this aspect when buying chewing articles and the like.
The Mastiff is very hardy and has a dense undercoat that keeps them warm in cold and wet weather. So dressing your dog is not necessary. However, you can still protect your dog’s paws from salt by greasing them daily.
Like probably every dog, the mastiff is not averse to treats and the like. Since he easily tends to be overweight, care should be taken to ensure moderate feeding and the selection of low-calorie products.
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