Mastiff Dog Breed Information

Mastiff Quick Facts
Breed Group: Working
Origen: Europe/ Africa
Nickname: Mastiff
Weight: 175-190 lbs
Height: 27-30 inches
Color(s): Fawn, apricot, or brindle, all with dark muzzle, ears and nose

Mastiff Appearance

The Mastiff is a giant dog that is often referred to as the Old English Mastiff. It is heavy boned and had powerful musculature; his body is slightly longer than tall. He has a large, heavy square head with a well marked stop between the eyes. The eyes are set wide. The muzzle is short and broad. The nose is dark and the ears are V-shaped and proportionally small with rounded ends.

The tail is set high and never carried over the back. The Mastiff coat is short haired and can be fawn, apricot, or brindle, with black markings around and between the eyes. The weight of the Mastiff is around 175-190 lbs; this is one of the heaviest breeds; sometime can exceed 200 pounds. The Mastiff height is around 27-30 inches.

Mastiff Temperament

The Mastiff is a calm, self confident, alert, and patient dog that is gentle natured towards his family, intelligent and distinguished. His expression is alert but kindly. He rarely barks but is very territorial and good defending his family. The Mastiff is innately good natured, easygoing and surprisingly gentle. But no matter how friendly they are, if they sense danger they will naturally guard on their own unless the owners are there to tell them otherwise.

Itís important to socialize them well to prevent from becoming aloof with strangers. The Mastiff is well mannered house pet but need a large room to stretch out. They tends to drool, wheeze and snore loudly. Itís good with children and extremely loyal and devoted to its family,

Is Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Mastiff is not demanding a lot exercise; but he still needs an adequate amount of freedom. He can live outdoors in a temperate or cool weather, although is a breed that should live inside with its family to fulfill its needs. He doesnít enjoy hot weather.

The Mastiff will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do fine with a small yard. They tend to be lazy but need to be given regular exercise to keep them healthy and happy.

Mastiff Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Mastiff is around 9-11 years.

Mastiff Health problems

The Mastiff major concerns are Gastric torsion, CHD (Canine hip dysplasia) and hip dysplasia. There is a number of health problems that have been linked to this breed including osteosarcoma, elbow dysplasia, allergies, cruciate ligament rupture, hypothyroidism, OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans), entropion, PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), and PPM (persistent pupillary membranes)

Mastiff Care and Grooming

Nutrition plays an important role in the growth and development of your Mastiff. When you talk about nutrition keep in mind the quality and the quantity of food you feed your Mastiff. Overfeeding will not give you a larger pet, only an unhealthy one. The Giant Mastiff is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to take care. Brush with a firm bristle brush. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Mastiff Shedding

The Mastiff is an average shedder. He shed constantly, therefore, is not well suited to allergy sufferers.