- 1 Overview of Mastiffs
- 2 Allergies
- 3 Barking
- 4 Bloat
- 5 Breed
- 6 Cancer
- 7 Coat
- 8 Energy
- 9 Genetic Predispositions
- 10 Grooming
- 11 Health
- 12 Heart Disease
- 13 Infections
- 14 Life expectancy
- 15 Obesity
- 16 Personality
- 17 Social
- 18 Temperament
- 19 Training
- 20 Are Mastiffs Good Watchdogs?
- 21 Are Mastiffs Protective?
- 22 Are Mastiffs Shy?
- 23 Are Mastiffs a Popular Breed?
- 24 Are Mastiffs Aggressive?
- 25 Are Mastiffs Calm Dogs Or Aggressive?
- 26 Are Mastiffs Easy To Train?
- 27 Are Mastiffs Fighters?
- 28 Are Mastiffs Good with Children?
- 29 Are Mastiffs Good With Kids And Babies?
- 30 Are There Any Low Shedding Mastiff Breeds?
- 31 Are These Dogs Good for Families? ??
- 32 Are they Child-friendly?
- 33 Do Mastiffs Bark Much?
- 34 Do Mastiffs Dig Much?
- 35 Do Mastiffs Make Good Housedogs?
- 36 Do Mastiffs Live Indoors Or Outdoors?
- 37 Do Mastiffs Need A Lot Of Exercise?
- 38 Do They Roam?
- 39 Do They Slobber, Snore, Shed, Smell Or Pass Gas?
- 40 Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
- 41 Exercise ??
- 42 Grooming ??
- 43 Health and Conditions ??
- 44 How Are Mastiffs With Burglars, Muggers, And Other Miscreants?
- 45 How Are Mastiffs With Young Children And Strangers?
- 46 How Are Mastiffs With Other Dogs And Animals?
- 47 How Big Is The Mastiff?
- 48 How Does Dog Insurance Work?
- 49 How Does The Bullmastiff Differ From a Mastiff?
- 50 How long do Mastiffs live?
- 51 How Long Does A Mastiff Live?
- 52 How long will my Mastiff live?
- 53 How Much Does A Mastiff Eat And Do They Chew Much?
- 54 How old is the oldest Mastiff?
- 55 How to Clean a Dog Bed?
- 56 How to Train Your Dog to Use a Treadmill?
- 57 How to Transport a Large Dog Like a Mastiff in a Car?
- 58 Training ??
- 59 What Are Mastiffs Good For?
- 60 What Are Mastiffs Like to Live With?
- 61 What do Mastiffs die from?
- 62 What Is A Mastiff?
- 63 What Is An American Mastiff?
- 64 What kind of dogs are part of your family?
- 65 What’s the Price of Mastiff Puppies?
- 66 What’s your primary interest in dogs?
- 67 Why do Mastiffs have a short lifespan?
- 68 Why read breed profiles?
- 69 History of Mastiffs
Overview of Mastiffs
There will never be a dog that 100% does not trigger allergies, and even on scale of being almost hypoallergenic, Mastiffs do not come anywhere close to it.
If your Mastiff is barking a lot, biting anyone coming near them, or struggling from other behavioral issues, it’s not because they are mean.It is because of their poor upbringing.
Any delay may reduce the chance of successful treatment.Be careful when selecting dry foods as some brands swell up more than others once they have been eaten.Bloat is a build up of intestinal gasses which, if left unnoticed and untreated, can kill a dog within a very short time.Do not delay.If you suspect bloat, take your dog to the vet immediately.Most deep chested breeds of dog are considered to be susceptible to bloat.Signs to watch for include swelling of the stomach, a hollow drum sound when the stomach is tapped, distressed pacing, restlessness and excessive panting.Some owners soak dry food so that it expands before the dog eats it.To decrease the risk of bloat occurring, do not exercise your Mastiff for an hour before and after meals and feed an adult dog two smaller meals per day rather than one larger one.
Female Bullmastiffs can weigh up to 120 pounds and be up to 26 inches tall.Want To Learn More About Them?…Here’s an article of ours that offers more in depth coverage of this amazing breed as well as things that would make it more or less appealing to families or first time owners.Male Bullmastiffs weigh up to 130 pounds, and they can be up to 27 inches tall.There’s a lot more to this dog than meets the eye.
As with bone cancer, early detection will give your Mastiff the best possible chance for successful treatment and a long and healthy life.
Great uniformity in dogs generally requires their genes to have high levels of homozygosity, and increases in homozygosity are proportional to decreases in health.In the case of excessive white, which is deemed unacceptable in the UK breed standard, there generally isn’t even an allele or gene involved.It is simply residual white left over from the puppy not baking long enough in the uterus to get full color coverage.Mastiffs are often passed over for breeding simply because of a cosmetic trait that has no bearing on health, temperament or functionality.Some people mistakenly believe that excessive white or non-standard coat colors on a Mastiff can cause us not to be able to identify the breed, but there are no color restrictions in Greyhounds and people do still easily identify them.The offending traits are often caused by a single recessive allele or half a gene out of the roughly 25,000 that every dog carries.We know it’s possible to have a whole group of dogs that are easily identifiable as Mastiffs without having them all look exactly the same.
If they are not socialized from the right age, then they can grow old to become shy dogs.If you do not have the time and energy to spend with your mastiff then these can be good options that you can explore, and obviously if you can afford on a consistent basis.It is for these reasons that you see a lot of puppy kindergarten, obedience classes and outdoor visit services – all aiming to enhance the development of your English Mastiff.One thing is for certain – mastiffs require company, time and attention from their owners, more than any other dog breed would.They are also very sensitive by nature.This may also come as part of inherited behavior from the genes or inadequate socialization.
At the end of the booklet, we have also included a description of what you can do at home to keep your Spanish Mastiff looking and feeling her best.This guide contains general health information important to all canines as well as the most important genetic predispositions for Spanish Mastiffs.This information helps you and us together plan for your pet’s unique medical needs.You will know what to watch for, and we will all feel better knowing that we’re taking the best possible care of your pal.
Start implementing these types of grooming routines early in your Mastiff’s life because if they learn how nice bathing can be when they’re still little enough to be held, you won’t have to plead with a giant baby to get into their bath later in life!
Also bear in mind that while over exercise can damage a Mastiff’s health, so can being overweight so keep a close eye on your dog’s weight and adjust the amount it eats to suit its level of activity.At the same time, Mastiffs do like a daily walk or two because it is an opportunity to get out and about.It is a standard Mastiff owner’s joke that that Mastiffs prefer to watch you exercise rather than joining in themselves so you don’t need to be overly concerned about whether your Mastiff is getting enough exercise like you might with a more active breed.
Heart disease is another major health issue for Mastiffs and a number of specific problems can occur including subaortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy and mitral valve disease.Regular heart examinations are essential and food containing L-carnitine and taurine is a good choice as it supports the function of the heart.
Be sure not to leave the area moist as this could promote bacterial growth.Get your Daniff used to all of the grooming expectations when he is a puppy; this will make it easier for when he is big and heavy.Get your Daniff used to all of the grooming expectations when he is a puppy; this will make it easier for when he is big and heavy. If your Daniff puppy inherits the Mastiff wrinkles, you will need to clean the wrinkles daily to prevent bacterial infections.Tartar accumulation occurs with any breed of dog so brush at least two or three times a week.The smooth coat of your Daniff can be managed easily with a weekly brushing using a pin brush.The teeth of this massive dog are big but need to be cleaned just as carefully as the tiny, crowded teeth of a small breed.To clean, use a damp washcloth to wipe between the wrinkles.When shedding season arrives, more than weekly will be the rule.When shedding season arrives, more than weekly will be the rule. If your Daniff puppy inherits the Mastiff wrinkles, you will need to clean the wrinkles daily to prevent bacterial infections.
Because they are so huge, Mastiffs have a very short life expectancy which can be just six years but they can live for 10 years or even more if they are healthy.In turn, you must learn how to look after them properly and that includes feeding them the right diet.Their diet plays a large role in keeping them well so it is vital that you choose the best dog food for Mastiffs.They are patient and loving dogs who will love your family and devote their lives to you.To get you started, we’ve put together an easy-to-understand guide.
But they do enjoy long walks every now and again and generally need one hour of exercise each day.The Spanish Mastiff is prone to obesity and health issues which is why exercise is important.They aren’t very active and some adults could sleep all day if they’re allowed too!
As a general rule, never use harsh training methods on a Mastiff.Kindness, consistency and lots of patience are what is needed to train a Mastiff and develop the wonderful Mastiff personality so training methods using positive reinforcement are generally the ones best suited to the Mastiff’s temperament.Mastiffs, particularly when young, are not overly confident and they are sensitive.There are many training methods which have been developed for dogs and you should select a method which you think will suit you and your puppy.They generally want to please you but they can also be incredibly stubborn.
If you haven’t introduced your mastiff to animals such as cats, chickens, or those living in the farm, then do not blame the pet if they use them as prey or a piece of furniture, which will not be the case with every dog but may happen with most of them if not appropriately trained and socialized at an early age.Once again, PAT testing and low aggression levels are important measures that you should take when choosing the mastiff pup as a pet.
We felt that more could be gained for the Mastiff, in terms of health, by using a breed not so closely related to it.We felt that using a good Bullmastiff with excellent structure would be great for not straying too far from Mastiff type or temperament, but Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs share many of the same genetic disorders and probably many of the same kinds of genes.We would still consider using a Bullmastiff down the track, but for the first outcross we didn’t feel it was the right way to go.
A mastiff can truly be your best friend, provided you have been fair and kind to him since inception and have given him the required attention, care and training that he deserves, and to repay the favor to you when he grows up.
Mastiffs are excellent watchdogs. They go to the door and bark, their hackles stand up, and they look formidable but as a breed,
Mastiffs are not trigger-happy. They have a gentle, rather than aggressive, nature. Mastiffs tend to react in predictable ways when a tense situation arises between a stranger and their owner. Mastiffs view themselves as a protector and
will move between the threat and the owner. No sane mugger would dare reach over a guarding Mastiff.
Yes, however, many people do not understand the difference between protection and aggression. If a dog growls when there is no danger, that
is aggression not protection. The ideal temperament is one where you never know that you ARE BEING PROTECTED unless a true
threat arises and the Mastiff asserts his heritage.
Because of their great sensitivity, Mastiffs who are not thoroughly socialized while young can
be shy adults.Such behaviors can be either inherited or the result of inadequate socialization. This is why puppy kindergarten, obedience classes and visits outside the home are extremely important to the development of your Mastiff. If you do not have time to do these things with and for your Mastiff, you need to think over whether you are in a position to do right by any dog, at least at this point in your life.
Mastiffs need the company of their human family much more than some other breed
of dog’s do.
Are Mastiffs a Popular Breed?
The Mastiff currently ranks 28th on the AKC’s most popular list of 155 dog breeds.These fantastic home dogs are both the protectors of the household and the loyal guardian of the children.They’re docile, loving, and loyal.Another perk is that–for the dog owner that doesn’t want to have to exercise their dog for hours on end–the Mastiff is an extremely manageable breed across the board.
Are Mastiffs Aggressive?
A typical Mastiff’s temperament, by nature, is one of gentle demeanor. However, as with any breed,
the Mastiff can become aggressive for varying reasons. Typically, aggressive behavior is a “learned response” and/or results from a lack of proper socialization during the dog’s developmental stages.
Are Mastiffs Calm Dogs Or Aggressive?
It may come as a surprise, but mastiffs can be quite calm dogs.When they aren’t busy defending you or their territory, they can be easy going.This can be an excellent quality for any dog, but even more so for a dog that will be in a family with kids.
Are Mastiffs Easy
Both easy and difficult. Mastiffs are smart, and
they live to please you. However, they can go through phases where they
are also stubborn, and these phases can last anywhere from a couple of weeks in
puppyhood to (in some cases) most of the dog’s lifetime. A lot
depends on the owner’s wisdom and perception of the dog’s needs.
Are Mastiffs Fighters?
Mastiffs, with their gentle natures, do not have the instincts that dogfighters are looking for. Their protective instincts make them actually the opposite to the aggressive personality. However, they will, at times, fight among themselves or with other dogs, for the typical canine reasons such as pack dominance and sexual competition. Two 190 lbs.Mastiffs in combat for pack leadership can be next to impossible, as well as exceedingly dangerous to separate.
YOU must always be the pack leader and that will prevent most conflicts.
Are Mastiffs Good with Children?
The Mastiff is incredible with children.No matter what the age, they’re friendly, loving, and gentle.They grow to become their support system and their steadfast protector.The only thing to be aware of is that–due to their size–when they play too roughly they can often injure the little ones.Just as well, children often think a big-boned Mastiff can take a beating when in reality their joints are extremely fragile (especially in their puppy years).
Are Mastiffs Good With Kids And Babies?
While not all mastiffs are, many mastiff breeds are good with kids and babies, even
if it takes some training.Some mastiff breeds are better suited for
hunting and guarding, and they’re not the best house pets.But for the
breeds that are good with kids, they tend to be very good with kids.
Are There Any Low Shedding Mastiff Breeds?
Most mastiffs have short coats that shed moderately.Like the Bullmastiff for example, which sheds about the same as the English Mastiff, and is about as easy to groom.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? ??
Undoubtedly! Mastiffs are the perfect balance of protective and gentle for a family dog.And they are excellent guardians and companions for children of just about any age.
Are they Child-friendly?
Yes, the Mastiffs are very much friendly when it comes to kids.They love children and being around them playing and socializing.However, they are large active dogs and can easily knock down a toddler.Hence, kids should be supervised when with Mastiffs.They are suited for older children.
Puppies will be puppies and
like all breeds they tend to bark more than adults during the excitement of play. Adults
Mastiffs rarely bark except when you first arrive home, they hear a sound they want you to investigate, or when asked to "speak". My Mastiffs love to howl when the sirens are nearby (I live close to a firehouse!) but if they bark at night, I know I need to see why.
Only holes the size of small cars. Yes, Mastiffs do like to dig. I usually let them have one area of the yard and let them dig to their hearts content in that spot. I teach them to stay out of my flowerbeds and away from the rest of the yard. It takes persistence and lots of reinforcement (Hey! Get out of there!), but it will work.
Make Good Housedogs?
Mastiffs love to be inside with their family. They are quiet, clean, and undemanding. A rug by your bed is all he wants. Mastiffs are naturally clean (except for slobber) and quick to housebreak. Mastiffs don’t chew what they shouldn’t (after they get rid of those pesky baby teeth) and are quick to learn house rules. Mine are not allowed in the kitchen when I cook but they line up at the doorway and watch me.
Do Mastiffs Live Indoors Or Outdoors?
Why indoors of course!
Your dog protect you and your family shut up in a pen outside. Besides, who is going to keep the Boogieman
away while your 4-year-old sleeps? No child has ever been abducted while a Mastiff slept at its bedside.
Do Mastiffs Need A Lot Of Exercise?
As they are growing, Mastiffs need moderate exercise to develop the skeletal and muscular frame to carry their weight at
maturity.It is important that you do not over-exercise Mastiffs under 2 years of age
because the skeletal frame continues to grow until age 2. Running and road working a young dog can lead to inflamed joints and skeletal problems. Since Mastiffs tend to be stoic and will do just about anything to please their owners, they can end up with very painful conditions due to
excess or improper exercise. For this reason, every new Mastiff owner gets detailed instructions on proper exercise.
Do They Roam?
As a general rule, a Mastiff will not roam. They are basically a stay-at-home dog and easily learn your property boundaries. Baron hated to be fenced; he would get out of the back yard and lay on the front porch
so that he could watch up and down the street and wait for his family to get
home. As a good rule, never leave your Mastiff outside unsupervised, when
you are at work keep your Mastiff inside or in a secure, fenced enclosure.
Do They Slobber,
Snore, Shed, Smell Or Pass Gas?
Most Mastiffs will only drool when (1) they have just had a drink of water, (2) are extremely agitated or fearful, or (3) when watching you eat something they think will taste good (and that will be everything you eat!). Mastiffs with less flews tend to drool less. The experienced Mastiff owner keeps "slobber towels" handy, and wipes faces after they drink and when they need it. I feed and water my dogs outside to decrease the mess inside. It also helps keep down the "slingers" of drool that may occur while they are eating and drinking. If you are going to keep their water outside, then close the lids on the toilets. To a Mastiff, a toilet is an all-you-can-drink bar. Just remember, "Spit happens" when you own a Mastiff.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
In much the same way that they deal with children, Mastiffs are genial and tolerant of other animals as well.Their bulk lends them considerable confidence, and these dogs almost never develop dominance or jealousy issues.
Though their overall activity level is quite low for their size, consistent exercise throughout their life is incredibly important for Mastiffs.Regular outdoor excursions and playtime will help discourage them from becoming couch potatoes and prevent several common health problems.
Keeping your Mastiff clean is a simple affair – great news for a dog with so much surface area to cover! A Mastiff’s coat is dense, but very short and sheds little.You can keep your pup’s coat neat with a minimum of brushing and bathing.
Health and Conditions ??
Though big of heart, big dogs often live much shorter lives than smaller breeds.It is an unfortunate truth but does not necessarily mean that Mastiffs are a generally unhealthy breed.They are short-lived, but sturdy chaps.
How Are Mastiffs
With Burglars, Muggers, And Other Miscreants?
If a stranger breaks into your home, the Mastiff tends to corner the person, holding them until the owner can deal with the intruder. The dog may snarl, bark or even snap at the intruder to keep him from getting away but will
rarely hurt the intruder unless the person becomes violent.
How Are Mastiffs
With Young Children And Strangers?
By nature Mastiffs are gentle and protective with young children providing that they have been raised with children and are accustomed to them. Small children should not be allowed to play roughly with young dogs,
i.e."riding the horsey" because it can permanently traumatize a Mastiff puppy. My daughters and grand daughters all played with and around my Mastiffs. Mastiffs make great floor pillows for naps and watching TV.
How Are Mastiffs With Other Dogs And Animals?
By nature a Mastiff is friendly
but aloof toward other dogs. As with any dog they must be properly socialized around other dogs from early puppyhood. When you have two or more dogs, a "pecking order" will develop. Each dog will have his or her place in the "pack hierarchy". Often when a puppy is young all is well, then one day it decides to move up in the pack and will compete for dominance with the other dogs.That can result in family turmoil. Temperament testing your puppy (PAT) and choosing a dog with low aggression/dominance is important when choosing an additional dog to introduce into your group.
How Big Is The Mastiff?
There is no upper height limit. Mastiffs may range from the minimum of 27 inches to 36 inches for the exceptionally tall ones. There is no weight range in the Mastiff standard – they can weigh anywhere from 100 lbs.to the world’s record of 343 lbs. Most Mastiff males weigh
from 160-230 lbs.and females weigh 120-170 lbs. This breed is supposed to be very broad with a huge head, wide chest and large bone, and is longer in body than in height. Mastiffs should have a calm, self-assured temperament,be devoted to family and friends, steady, gentle, eager for affection, good with children, calm and self-assured.
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How Does The Bullmastiff
Differ From a Mastiff?
The Mastiff is an ancient British breed and its history can be traced back over 2,000 years. The Bullmastiff is a relatively
recent breed developed from crossing the Mastiff (60%) and Bulldog (40%) stock. The most noticeable differences are temperament, the conformation of the body and heads and
the overall size of the dogs.
How long do Mastiffs live?
Mastiffs are beautiful and loyal companions as well as excellent watch and guard dogs.Many families decide on a Mastiff puppy due to the size and temperament of the breed.
How Long Does
A Mastiff Live?
Most experts agree that the average Mastiff life span as 6-10 years. Some have lived to be 13 or 14; a tiny handful lived to be 16-17. Assuming no accidents, an individual dog’s life span will depend on its bloodlines, weight, and freedom from significant problems such as blindness, heart disease, and hip or elbow dysplasia, spondylosis, immune disorders, etc.
How long will my Mastiff live?
Unless your Mastiff suffers an unfortunate accident or injury, he will most likely die of old age or cancer.Sadly, many large and giants breeds are prone to developing terminal illness at a relatively young age.
How Much Does
A Mastiff Eat And Do They Chew Much?
Mastiffs do eat as much as you may think. While they are growing, they can pack the food away. Of course, pound for pound the larger the animal the greater the energy needs are for each pound of body weight. Exactly how much food your dog needs to eat depends on many factors including his size, age, time of year (during colder weather they will need to eat more, in the summer less), and activity level. Mastiffs require a high quality balanced diet in order to live healthy lives and grow correctly. With every puppy we sell, we give detailed instructions on proper exercise and feeding.
How old is the oldest Mastiff?
The oldest known Mastiff was a dog named Kush.He lived in Australia from 1994-2009.While this is a great age, it is unfortunately not representative for the breed.
How to Clean a Dog Bed?
Cleaning your dog’s bed is not just about keeping your house smell-free, but it is also about taking good care of your dog’s and your own health.
How to Train Your Dog to Use a Treadmill?
Workout sessions are important to keep your dog healthy and energetic.Training your dog to run on a treadmill is an effective way of exercising.
How to Transport a Large Dog Like a Mastiff in a Car?
If you are planning to hit the road with your dog, then a few important things must be kept in mind.
Contrary to their imposing stature, Mastiffs are a truly sensitive canine.And when it comes to their family and owners, they live to please.If you can take on the role of confident pack leader, Mastiffs need little more than a stern voice to correct any bad behavior.
What Are Mastiffs
Mastiffs excel as companions, family members, therapy workers, and watchers of the home. Mastiffs have also done well, when properly trained and conditioned, at carting, agility, obedience, conformation showing, search and rescue (SAR), and weight pulling. And of course, puppy-sitting and child-watching.
What Are Mastiffs Like to Live With?
Today the powerful Mastiff still guards his master’s castles, large or small.He also enjoys carting, tracking, obedience, weight pulling and therapy work.Training a Mastiff takes some patience; they weren’t developed for routine obedience.Families do well to train from early puppyhood, when the dog is small enough to manage.A Mastiff stays in the juvenile stage longer than most breeds, reaching full physical and mental maturity at age 3 or so.
What do Mastiffs die from?
By being an observant dog owner you can prevent a Mastiff’s untimely death.
What Is A Mastiff?
A Mastiff is a giant breed of dog descended from the ancient Alaunt and Molossur breeds. Today, mastiffs
is used to describe many different breeds around the world, all descended from the same rootstock. In the USA and other English speaking countries, Mastiff is used to refer to the Old English Mastiff (OEM), developed in England and nearly extinct after WWII.
What Is An American Mastiff?
A crossbred dog not recognized by AKC. Basically it is a mutt.
It is said to have fewer genetic problems (not true, it has its own set of genetic problems).
It drools less (only because it has a narrower head and tighter flews, and is
called an "improved" Mastiff. Well, it’s make up is 7/8 English Mastiff – so what are you improving? It is a designer breed,
an unregulated gimmick created for an unsuspecting pet market.
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What’s the Price of Mastiff Puppies?
When purchasing a Mastiff puppy from a breeder you should expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000.
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Why do Mastiffs have a short lifespan?
As explained above: Mastiffs have such a short lifespan because they age faster than smaller dogs.In addition, the high incidence of cancers in this breed contributes to a comparably low life expectancy.
Why read breed profiles?
Dog breed profiles help everyone, whether you have a mixed breed or purebred dog, to better understand and improve the quality of your dog’s life.If you have a mixed breed dog, read up on all of the breed profiles that make up your dog.Not sure what breed your dog is? There are a number of easy DNA tests out there to help your find out.
History of Mastiffs
distinctly different, taller, leaner, and more chiselled than the imported English Mastiffs.
The Mastiff breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.
to meet while out shooting.
Beers diamond company to help guard their mines.