Dog Profiles - Description of Mastiff


Description: The Mastiff is a large, massive, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. He gives the impression of grandeur and dignity. He has been developed into a guardian and few intruders would venture onto a property guarded by a Mastiff. Yet he is a much loved family dog with a gentle side. He tends to keep close to home and is disinclined to roam.

Height: 27-30 inches

Weight: 175-190 lbs.

Colors: Apricot, fawn, brindle with black around the eyes and extending up between them, over the muzzle, ears and nose.

Coat: Outer coat short and straight; undercoat dense and close lying.

Temperament: Loyal and alert. Usually good tempered and friendly with children. Good hunting dogs for large game, watchdogs, guard-dogs, and family pets.

Care and Exercise: Easy to groom with minimal attention. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe with toweling. Bathe only when necessary. Regular but not over tiring exercise will keep them in shape and develop his muscles. Controled exercise must be given to a puppy until he is fully developed.

Training: Firm but gentle training is essential to keep him under control. Remember consistency, lots of love, and plenty of understanding. Early human contact should be given to puppies. Learning Rate: Medium. Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: Medium to Low.

Activity: Indoors: Low. Outdoors: Medium.

Living Environment: Large house with a large fenced backyard. Owners of a Mastiff need to be strong, confident, patient leader who desire a dog with a protective nature.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bloat and eye diseases.

Life Span: 5-10 Years

Litter Size: 2-5

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: Treasured by the Babylonians over 4000 years ago. You can also find him depicted in Egyptian monuments and also mentioned in Persian, Roman and early English literature. He has been a resident of Britain since the time of Julius Caesar. Today's mastiffs should be more correctly called Old English Mastiffs as they can all trace their lineage to two surviving English strains. Once used as dogs of war, their primary role now is a guard dog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC