Mastiff dog breed

Mastiff breed facts

Mastiffs are versatile and are often used as a guard dog. It is therefore as guardian of the home or property. Mastiff have been used as a fighting dog (unfortunately), but this does not affect the geneetics of the breed today. USA, Canada, UK and most other countries fortunately ban organized dog fights today.

Mastiffs sheds, but less than many other breeds. Easy care of the coat is one of several advantages of this breed.

The breed are often focused in what it is doing, and easy to deal with. Like all dogs, dogs of this breed will need their daily walks. The breed demands some physical exercise, although there are other breeds that require more ventilation of their owners.

This dog breed is by nature very affectionate with people outside the family, but large variations occur between dogs anyway. They are usually affectionate with other dogs. The breed is considered as one of the more kid-friendly dog breeds, but do not forget: Small children and dogs should never be left alone together! There is no such thing as a children-friendly dog, adult supervision is always recommended. As distant descendants of the wolf this breed still have some strong instincts. It has been argued that they drool a whole deal, so avoid this breed if you think this may be a problem (a human problem that is, the dogs are fine!).

Mastiffs are very well suited to the climate in slightly cooler regions, but is not as well suited to warmer climates. They do have a tendency to stay close to their owners, and a mastiff should display little or no lust to run away.

The dog breed's appearance: A mastiff is a one of the larger type of dogs, short coat, with a robust physique, midsized hanging ears, comparatively long legs, short hanging tail, comparatively short muzzle, and eye-catching appearance.

Health: The health problems for mastiffs varies and depends on more than the race itself. They are hip dysplasia, eyelid problems, hypothyroidism, otherwise common disorders and other dog ailments and illnesses.

Basic info about the breed: The mastiff originates from United Kingdom. Life expectancy will vary, but anything from 10 to 12 years is normal. The breed is popular and easy to find in classified ads and even in animal shops. Mastiffs were initially bred for guarding, bear and bullbaiting, and even fighting bears, bulls, lions, tigers and gladiators in Roman Arena. Mastiffs are also called english mastiff, old english mastiff.

Mastiff classification: American Kennel Club places the breed in the group «working dogs». United Kennel Club files the breed in the category «guardian dog». Mastiff is included in Fédération Cynologique Internationale database of dog breeds as #264 in section «molossoid dogs» (2.2) in the group «pinscher and schnauzer, molossoid dogs, swiss mountain and cattle breeds» (registered 2007-03-06). Also recognized by the Canadian Kennel as «working dog breeds».

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