Mastiff Breed Summary
Gentle, Affectionate, Devoted, Alert and Friendly
These giant dogs are just gentle beings at heart. They are very intelligent and calm in nature and thrive within the home environment, loving to be involved in every aspect of family life! Mastiffs adore their humans and often form very strong bonds with their families and ideally need to have at least one person around for most of the day.
They need plenty of mental and physical stimulation in order to remain fit and healthy. They are also prone to putting on weight, so they need to be carefully monitored and exercised.
Fun Fact: It's thought that Hannibal had Mastiffs with him when he crossed over the Alps!
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||10 - 12 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 30in & up, Females 27.5in & up|
|Weight||Males 160lb - 230lb, Females 120lb - 170lb|
|Coat||Coats are Close-Lying, Short and Hairs are Coarser over the Shoulders and Necks|
|Color||Apricot fawn, Brindle, Fawn|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy, Pyometra, Wobbler syndrome, Bone cancer, Kidney stones, Allergies, Canine acne, Cranial cruciate ligament injury, Canine cystinuria, Obesity, Bloat|
|Other Names||English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff|
Although they may look fairly terrifying, Mastiffs are actually very gentle and loving. They form very strong bonds with their families and are fairly good around strangers as well! However, if they feel like they or their families are being threatened, they are quick to defend themselves against threat, making them fantastic watchdogs. They are not the best breed for first time owners, and would better suit owners who have had experience with similar breeds. Additionally, they need plenty of training and socialization to mature into well-rounded and happy dogs. If you put the slobber and fairly expensive food bills aside, they make lovely family pets.