Overview of Mastiffs

  • A mastiff is a large and powerful type of dog.[1][2] Mastiffs are among the largest dogs, and typically have a short coat, a long low-set tail and large feet; the skull is large and bulky, the muzzle broad and short (brachycephalic), and the ears drooping and pendant-shaped.[1][2] European and Asian records dating back 3,000 years show dogs of the mastiff type.[3] Mastiffs have historically been guard dogs, protecting homes and property, although throughout history they have been used as hunting dogs, war dogs and for blood sports, fighting each other and such animals as bulls, bears and lions.[2][3]
  • Mastiff Mixed Breeds: Your Dependable, Dutiful and Massive Mate Breeds By K9 of Mine Staff 2 min read August 7, 2020 7 Comments According to our research, the Mastiff dog was originally bred as a combat dog, to guard troops in battle and then later to serve as crowd entertainment by fighting animal and human counterparts in the Roman Colosseum – what a disgusting thought!
  • Mastiffs, sometimes referred to as Old English Mastiffs, take their name from the Latin word mansuetus, meaning “tame” or “domesticated.” The Latin word was eventually transformed via Old French and Middle English into the word mastiff, which was first recorded in Middle English in a work written before 1387.
  • Mastiffs were undoubtedly distributed along the ancient trade routes, as guards for the trade vessels or goods, as hunters for fresh meat in ports of call, as trade items themselves and as war dogs.
  • Mastiffs were well known throughout the classical world of Greece and Rome and were even present among the Celts when Caesar invaded Britain.
  • Mastiffs are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper.
  • Mastiffs should be fed 2 or 3 times a day; it is believed that one large meal per day can increase the chance of gastric torsion.[12]
  • Mastiffs make fine companions for anyone who can accommodate their great size and doesn’t mind a little drool slung here and there.
  • Mastiffs dislike conflict between family members as well and will step between arguing spouses or a parent punishing a child.
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Life expectancy

But with proper diet and exercise, the South African Mastiff has a life expectancy of 9 to 12 years.


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.



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.


Once you have started, keep doing it but also keep in mind that that your puppy also needs to spend time at home getting used to its surroundings and that puppies need plenty of sleep. Outings do not have to be long ones but they should be regular. You should try and get out and about with your puppy as soon as possible so that it can start to learn to interact with other people and animals. Your puppy is most likely to grow into an adult Mastiff who is well socialised if it has had exposure to different situations and people on a regular basis and from an early age.



Our goal is to provide the best health care possible: health care that’s based on her breed, lifestyle, and age. Please contact us when you have questions or concerns. Your Mastiff counts on you to take good care of her, and we look forward to working with you to ensure that she lives a long and healthy life.


He may come in a variety of six colors: fawn with a black mask, brindle, blue, black, harlequin (white with irregular patches all over the body), and mantle (black and white with a solid black blanket over the body). The Mastiff on the other hand, has a short, straight fawn or apricot outer coat, often with black markings. He will be muscular, with a large head and floppy ears. He will likely have the characteristic folds of the Mastiff face and maybe even the jowls, but not so deep. His gait will be agile, though not quite as elegant as the Great Dane’s. The Great Dane has a smooth, short coat. The Mastiff has an undercoat that is short and dense. While the Daniff resembles a Great Dane very much, he is rounder and thicker due to the Mastiff parent breed.


It is also essential that the puppy you select appears to have a good temperament. On this point, keep in mind that a Mastiff matures slowly. The greatest influence on the outcome of a Mastiff’s temperament is the treatment, training and experiences it receives throughout its life but especially as it matures to adulthood. These two things however, are only the starting point. To develop a good temperament, it is essential that a puppy come from a breeder who is aiming to breed a Mastiff with the correct temperament. While this will vary from dog to dog, it may take up to four years for your puppy to mature into the calm adult described in the standard and you will have to do plenty to help it get there.

History of Mastiffs

  • In 1570, Conrad Heresbach, in Rei Rusticae Libri Quatuor, referred to “the Mastie that keepeth the house”.[24] Heresbach was writing in Latin; his work was translated a few years later into English by Barnabe Googe as Foure Bookes of Husbandrie.[25] This work was originally adapted from De Re Rustica by 1st century Roman writer Columella, which highlights the Roman connection.
  • In 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck and company arrived in Cape Town, they brought along a dog breed called the Bullenbijters for protection.  In 1938, De Beers used Bull mastiffs to guard their mines, and these dogs were then integrated with the Boerboel gene pool.
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  • In 1835, the Parliament of the United Kingdom implemented an Act called the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835, which prohibited the baiting of animals.
  • in 1888 and currently sits at number 63 out of 194 on the American Kennel Club’s list of America’s most favorite breeds.
  • In 1918, a dog called Beowulf, bred in Canada from British imports Priam of Wingfied and Parkgate Duchess, was registered by the American Kennel Club, starting a slow re-establishment of the breed in North America.
  • In 1924 England kennel club recognized the breed and the American kennel club followed the suit in 1933.
  • In 1924 the English Kennel Club recognized the Bullmastiff as a purebred.
  • In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor and surgeon, set out to breed a big game hunting dog that was also capable of being a loyal pet and guard dog.
  • In 1928, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to South Africa to guard the mines.[9]
  • In 1934, the AKC recognized the Bullmastiff.
  • In 1938, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to guard their South African mines, and these dogs were subsequently integrated into the Boerboel gene pool.
  • In 1959, a Dogue de Bordeaux, Fidelle de Fenelon, was imported from France to the US, registered as a Mastiff, and became the 16th animal in the post-war gene pool.[35] Since that time, the breed has gradually been restored in Britain, has reached 28th most popular breed in the US,[36] and is now found worldwide.
  • In 1963, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) granted the breed official recognition.
  • In 1968 the first Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs were brought to the U.S., and soon after, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America formed.
  • In 1989, a Guinness Book of Records team recorded a mastiff named Zorba at an incredible 323 lb (146 kg).
  • In 1992 … the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the Parent Club for GSMD ‘s has been formed a.
  • In 1992, currently based in New York city ‘ Terv ’, this dog from was.
  • In 2001, the Bracco was accepted into the AKC Foundation Stock Service.
  • In 2005, the first national “Gathering” was held, and the Bracco Italiano Club of America was founded in 2007.
  • In 2006, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog ranked 97th out of 154 breeds registered to the American Kennel Club.
  • In 2012 Lynn & Connie were awarded the AKC Working Dog Breeders of the Year.
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  • In the 1500s their name changed in some areas who began to call them English Dogges.
  • In the 1500s you can find mention of them and at this time until it was outlawed they were bred and used for bull baiting.
  • In the 1600s a Jan van Riebeeck brought with him a large dog ‘bullenbijter’ to the Cape.
  • In the 1700’s Italian hunters developed this dog for hunting, tracking and pointing game.
  • In the 1700s a visiting Frenchman to Denmark saw the Danish version of the dog and called them Grand Danois and the name stuck despite the Danes having nothing to do with the breed’s development.
  • In the 1700s Italian hunters developed the Bracco Italiano dog breed for hunting, tracking and pointing game.
  • In the 1700s, the Bracco Italiano was created by Egyptian hound and Mastiff dog.
  • In the 1800s when that sport was stopped instead of dying out as many thought they would the Bulldog was essentially rescued by some breeders who admired their finer qualities and wanted to breed them into being a more suitable companion.
  • In the 1800s, a number of dog breeds were brought to South Africa to help guard the military posts found scattered throughout the territory.
  • In the 1880s soundness was sacrificed for type, which was widely attributed to the short-headed, massive, but straight-stifled and chocolate-masked Ch.
  • In the 1920s a diamond mining compnay called De Beers brought in Bullmastiffs to South Africa to guard their mines.
  • In the 1920s, it was decided to unify the two variations of the breed in order to preserve genetic diversity.First, the Piedmontese Pointer was a dog of lighter construction and color, and it originated in the Piedmont region of Italy, as its name suggests.
  • In the 1960s, East Germany put the breed to work as border patrol dogs along the Berlin Wall.
  • In the 1980s, however, a group of breed enthusiasts sought to begin breeding pure Boerboels again.