Alternative Name: Old English Mastiff Country of Origin: Great Britain
The Mastiff is an ancient breed originally developed to guard,
fight and hunt. They are large, extremely powerful dogs with
broad rectangular-shaped heads, short muzzles and small,
v-shaped drop ears. They are 28 to 30 inches in height, weigh
approximately 175 to 195 pounds and live 8 to 10 years.
The Mastiff comes in several colors including apricot-fawn,
silver-fawn, or dark brown fawn-brindle. Their coats are generally
easy to care for and require little maintenance. A weekly brushing
(and a healthy diet) will keep this breed’s coat in tip-top shape.
The Mastiff loves to be part of a family. They are loving, calm and make wonderful pets for
those with the room to accommodate his large size. They do well with children, however,
should not be left with small children unsupervised as they can easily knock over a child
with one swing of their powerful tail! Though they are wonderful family dogs (they aim to
please) it is very important that this breed receives early socialization and training. They
can be wary of strangers and have a very strong instinct to protect.
Mastiffs do not require as much exercise as one might
think. If allowed, they can easily become couch potatoes!
To keep this breed happy and healthy 30 to 60 minutes of
exercise per day is ideal. It is important to note that
Mastiff’s over-heat quickly so summer walks should be
kept short or during the evening hours when it is cooler. Be
sure to read more aboutdogs and heat stroke!
This breed is not the easiest to train. They are known to
be sensitive, yet stubborn. They do well with positive
reinforcement training…so it is important to pile on the
praise! Training sessions should be kept short, be
consistent and most important fun for both you and the
Obviously,the Mastiff is not an apartment dog. This giant breed needs a yard! He is also
not the best choice if you don’t like drooling, snoring, and bad smells (they tend to “break
wind” quite often!). However, if you can overlook a little drool then this lovable, loyal, and
sweet breed may be for you.