The Mastiff is a strong but gentle breed that has been developed in England for more than two thousand years as a watchdog.
The Mastiff is a home-loving companion who is grand, dignified, and good-natured. He is prepared and able to defend his humans.
Mastiffs don’t require a lot of exercise and can be content in a home without a backyard, despite the fact that they are well suited to a life in the country or suburbs. An adult Mastiff will benefit from daily walks of one to two miles in both their physical and mental well-being.
Mastiffs, who belong to the Working group, are enormous dogs with big, broad heads and heavily muscled bodies. Many grown men can be outweighed by male mastiffs. Their blackened faces have a furrowed forehead that gives their kind smile a hint of age while being covered in black.
6 to 10 years
The Mastiff has a black mask covering its face and a coat with fawn, apricot, and brindle stripes.
Although the Mastiff has a short, dense coat and sheds annually, care is simple. It simply needs a brief brushing every few days, and once or twice a year when it sheds more, it needs more frequent care with a hard comb.
Keep the deep lines around the cheeks and in the ears clean. Additionally, the fact that mastiffs drool must be emphasised. Thus, pet owners should always have cloths on hand for cleanup!
Seasonal allergies, abnormalities of the eyes, heart illness, cancer, eye and hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, degenerative myelopathy, and epilepsy are just a few of the health problems that mastiffs may be prone to. Breeders that are responsible will check for these ailments.
Mastiffs’ deep chests can also lead to bloat, a disease that poses a risk to their lives.
It is believed that the Mastiff breed originated in ancient Britain. In fact, they were present when Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 B.C. Mastiffs were later used in Roman arenas to combat wild animals and gladiators when the emperor was moved by these gorgeous canines.
Mastiffs were used as military dogs, estate guardians, and big game hunters during the Middle Ages. They assisted British troops in their fight it against French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) first recognised the Mastiff breed in 1885. By the end of World War II, nevertheless, both countless lives and virtually the entire Mastiff breed line had been lost in England. Rescue was provided by American breeders who sent dogs from superior British stock back to England.
Mastiffs are still renowned for their unwavering courage, although being softer than the fighters of old.