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or Old English Mastiff


  Giant Breed

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  Working or Utility Dog
  Country of Origin Likely an ancient breed
  Ancestry The Bullmastiff is a 60/40 cross between the Mastiff and the Bulldog
Original  Function Guardian of people and property. Sometimes used in warfare and fighting.
  Height at Shoulder Female 27.5" minimum Male 30" minimum
  Weight 175-190 lbs
  Lifespan 8-10 Years
  Coat The Mastiff has a short, smooth, soft double coat. The overall coat is short, slightly coarse and smooth.   Acceptable colors are brindle, fawn and apricot with the distinctive black face and muzzle.  There is a recessive gene for long-haired Matiffs.  These fluffly Mastiffs or 'Fluffies' are considered out of the breed standard by many. 
  Tail Long and smooth
  Head Large, round, heavy with moderately short muzzle, large jowls and some wrinkling of the face
  Ears Moderately sized, V-shaped and held down and close to the head
  Related Breeds Bullmastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Pyrenean Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, St. Bernard, Leonberger, Newfoundland, American Mastiff (crossbred Mastiff/Anatolian Shepherd)
  Alternative Names Old English Mastiff or OEM


Grooming: The Mastiff's short coat requires minimal attention.  This breed can drool and be messy drinkers. 
Exercise requirements: Low.  As with many of the giant breeds, the Mastiff has a relatively low metabolism and can be walked daily.  This is not a breed for vigorous jogging in hot weather. 
Aggression: Generally placid and gentle but can be intimidating and aggressive when roused.  Mastiffs can be good watchdogs and protectors of the home.  As natural guardians, Mastiffs can be wary of strangers. 
Temperament: The Mastiff is generally a calm breed that is more gentle than it appears.  It can be intimidating because of its great size and weight but Mastiffs generally get along well with others pets and dogs.  They can be aloof with strangers while being devoted, affectionate companions inside the home.  They may not be playful, active, athletic or high spirited enough for some families. 
Owner requirement: Firm and physically strong.  The Mastiff is not for the timid, skittish or physically weak.  Mastiffs require consistent training and socialization when young as they are almost impossible to pick up and move around when they are fully grown. 
Trainability Moderate
Health concerns: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) in hips and elbows, bloat and gastric torsion, entropion, lymphoma.
Environmental requirements: The Mastiff has a moderate tolerance for cold but a low tolerance for heat or humidity due to its short muzzle.  The Mastiff requires firm, soft bedding and close contact with the family.  The Mastiff is as large as a full grown man and takes up the same amount of space inside the house and the car. 
Feeding requirements: Extra care is required in the feeding of Mastiff puppies to prevent rapid, painful growth. Giant breed puppies can grow too quickly causing skeletal problems.  In Mastiffs, growing pains can be actual pain.  As an adult, the Mastiff requires more frequent and smaller meals throughout the day to prevent obesity and bloat along with gastric torsion. 
AKC: American Kennel Club USA: Working Group
UKC: United Kennel Club USA: Guardian Dogs  
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club: Working Dogs 
FCI: Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Molossoid Breeds
   Group 2/Section 2.1/Mastiff is Breed 264
ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council: Group 6 Utility
KCUK: Kennel Club United Kingdom: Working
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club: Utility 
The Mastiff, or as it is known in England, the Old English Mastiff, is one of the oldest known breeds.  A version of this heavy, giant breed has been around for thousands of years and is the foundation for many other familiar breeds.  The modern version of the Mastiff originated in England descending from dogs used in fighting as well as dogs used to guard large estates.  A loyal and courageous Mastiff famously fought at Agincourt alongside Sir Peers Legh.  Although Sir Peers did not survive, the Mastiff did and returned home to found the Lyme Hall Mastiffs.  Five centuries later, breeders used the line to help develop the modern Mastiff. Mastiffs may even have come across the Atlantic on the Mayflower although the record is unclear.  Mastiffs did come to the USA in the 1800s. 

Mastiffs rose and then declined in popularity in England due largely to their need for space and food. A pet of this size was deemed an unnecessary luxury. The breed almost died out in England after World War II and Mastiff stock from the USA was needed to revive it. 

The Mastiff is generally a mild-mannered, sensitive, slightly aloof and gentle giant.  As with many giant breed dogs, it has a low metabolism and owners can easily exercise them with daily walks.  The Mastiff is a guard dog and can bark and be intimidating to people and dogs outside the home.  In the home, Mastiffs are loyal, affectionate and gentle with children although their sheer size can be an issue. 

Care must be taken to properly feed, socialize and train Mastiffs while they are very young.  Mastiffs can develop physical problems if fed too much when young.  They must also be properly trained before they become too large to handle.  A dog of this size that is aggressive, domineering, stubborn or fearful can be a serious issue. 

Mastiffs are very large and very heavy.  Kell the Mastiff from Notts in the UK became the world's heaviest dog in 1999 weighing in at a daunting 282 lbs. This is not the dog for every family.



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