Mastiff, also called the Old English Mastiff, is a giant breed that has been claimed by the English as a native breed. The Romans, when invading England, were amazed by the ability and courage of these dogs as the British fought the invaders. The dogs stood by their owners’ sides even during the worst of the fighting. Mastiffs were also used to protect land against trespassers and poachers and to control wolves.
Giant dogs, Mastiffs stand 27.5 to 30 inches or taller, with weight in proportion to height. The head is large and broad, with medium-sized eyes, a short, broad muzzle, and dropped ears. The body is longer than the dog is tall and is massive, with heavy bone. The tail reaches the hocks. The outer coat is short and coarse, while the undercoat is dense. The coat is fawn, apricot, or brindle, and the muzzle, ears, and nose are black. This breed’s short coat needs weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush. Mastiff puppies can be clumsy, silly, and playful. Adult Mastiffs are dignified but can retain a sense of playfulness.
Many Mastiffs do not demand exercise, but do love to play for about an hour each day. Training the Mastiff is very important, as this breed is powerful enough to take advantage of an unwary owner. The training should emphasize self-control for the dog and the owner’s leadership skills. Mastiffs are very slow to mature and can be puppy-like for a long time. Since the Old English Mastiff dog breed was bred to be a watchdog, socialization is critical. This dog breed needs an owner who is able to assume a leadership role for the dog.
Potential Mastiff owners should know that giant breeds have a shorter life span than other dogs. Mastiffs also slobber and drool, snore, and have no idea they aren’t lap dogs! The Mastiff breed has some health concerns, including hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, cancer, bloat, and torsion.
Old English Mastiff Videos
English Mastiff CH Diesel of Safe Haven eating a 7 pound pork butt. He likes big butts and he cannot lie !