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English mastiff
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The English mastiff He is extremely loyal and faithful to his family.



The English mastiff It is a breed of dog of large size type trotting and English origin.

The history of this dog goes back to the year 55 to. c., time when the legions invaded Great Britain and to his surprise had to face an enemy that had two curious assistants, two dogs with striking characteristics.

One of them was strong and robust both body and members, with a large head and a short but powerful jaw.

That dog is possibly the ancestor of the Bulldog, and part of the current Bullmastiff.

The other dog had dimensions that were scary, looked more like a lion than a dog. This specimen was a direct descendant of the Mastiffs 'Asiriobabilonians' who had traveled to England by the Phoenicians five centuries before the Roman invasion.

Before this beanpole, the 'molossians of Epirus' which the Romans brought with them as their war dogs, they looked like Chihuahuas...

So once conquered 'Britain', the Romans, they expanded his army with several copies of those giant and fearful dogs who called "Pugnaces Britannici" and they used them, mainly in typical shows of the time...

They faced these dogs with huge wild beasts in the arenas of circuses, there they participated in bloody fights against bulls, bears and other dogs. As well, they were used as guardians of herds, bodyguard, protectors and companions.

The English Mastiff or Mastiff, is descended directly from those dogs.

A Mastiff arrived in America aboard the Mayflower, name of the ship that transported the so-called "Pilgrims" from England (United Kingdom), to the coast of what is today the United States of America, in the year 1620.

They were the first settlers, in settling on the coast of Massachusetts, forming the Plymouth Colony, and with them the English Mastiff.

There is documentary evidence that the English Mastiff first arrived in America on the Mayflower., but the standardization of the breed in United States did not occur until the end of the 19th century.

By the end of the second world war, the mastiffs were almost extinct in England. However, with the flow of imports of United States and Canada, the breed resurfaced and today its existence is not in any danger in England and has gained much popularity in North America..

Physical characteristics

This is a race of powerful composition, burly, wide skull and the head usually has a square appearance.

Of size It must be very large and give the impression of power and strength, viewed from any angle. The body must be massive with great width and depth, especially between the Forelegs, cause these are well separated. While no height or weight have been specified for this race, the approximate height of 70 to 80 cm and the weight of 80 kg to 90 kg.

His hair is short and glued to the body and color may vary, while its snout, ears and nose, around the eyes is always black.

This is a particularly large dog that requires a correct diet and exercise. Normally live in 10 to 12 years.

Different colors are possible, for example, sand color, striped, brown or gray. Unfortunately the human tends to extremes and the mastiff was not spared from this.. So it has been raised bigger and heavier in recent decades.. His head has become increasingly massive and many folds have also been made. Giants could no longer reproduce naturally, they could no longer walk properly, his life expectancy was dramatically reduced.

Character and skills

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The Mastiff breed is a combination of greatness, dignity, and bravery; calm and affectionate towards his owner, but capable of protecting.

He is a well-mannered dog but you need enough field to stretch his long body. It is an extremely loyal breed and, Although it shows no excessively, It is true to his family and is very good with children.

However, It can be very jealous for the protection of owners and should be handled sensibly, as it is exceptionally powerful and can be difficult to control.

Seeks proximity to its humans. It is a reliable protector for them. In case of acute threat to your humans, will try to keep danger away from them by facing the attacker with his body, but it won't attack him anymore. His calm and serene temperament makes him a loyal and child-friendly companion, who forgives everything. It gets along very well with other pets.

English Mastiff Education

Keep in mind that in an adult mastiff the leash is only symbolically a control. The mastiff easily has the power to maneuver the other end of the line at will.. But you don't want to do it, at least if you have enjoyed the basics of a good education. The Mastiff is very easy to train. Only their stubbornness has to be broken here and here a consistent softness is needed.. He wants to follow his master and caretaker and he does it very reliably. It is an elementary duty of the owner of a Mastiff to pay attention to a consequent education already in the puppy. This alone and not the strap makes wonderful walks in nature possible, that together with this four-legged friend become a balm for the soul of agitated people.

Care and health English Mastiff

Caring for a healthy mastiff is not problematic. Brushing the coat once a week is enough.

Typical diseases

Gigantism with copies of more than 90 kg, sometimes up to 120 kg, unbalances the entire natural dog building plan. Serious gait damage is just one consequence, and life expectancy is also greatly reduced. Bad habit of strong folding of the head and body often leads to chronic inflammations. As in most large dogs, we see hip or elbow dysplasia. Eye and heart disease can occur more frequently with mastiffs – the rule is always: the more serious, the greater the risk.

Nutrition / Food

You need a lot of high quality food. Especially in the growth phase you need a professional nutrition plan. It is helpful to have a feeding bowl in a high position to counteract the risk of stomach twisting. You should always pay close attention to their weight.

Characteristics "English mastiff"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "English mastiff" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

The life expectancy of the English Mastiff

Breeding errors, especially the tendency to gigantism, they have cost this dog, once extremely robust, many years of his life expectancy. Before they were 12, Today are 7 – 9 years.

Buy an English Mastiff

Buying a mastiff should be long-term and well-considered. You should carefully check if you have all the requirements to be able to spend many wonderful years with this giant.. If you are looking for a puppy, you must pay special attention that the dogs are not too massive. One should wonder about ancestors, its appearance, their illnesses, your age. Also to get a Mastiff with a stable character, you should just look directly at a serious breeder. For animal welfare reasons one should refrain from buying puppies from parents of more than 90 kg. Very occasionally there is also a mastiff in the animal shelter. Puppies raised in serious conditions cost around 2000 EUR.

Characteristics "English mastiff"

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 2.1: Molossoid, mastiff type. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossoid, mastiff type.
  • AKC – Dogs working
  • ANKC – Group 6 (utility dogs)
  • CKC – Group 3 – Working dogs
  • ​KC – Working dogs
  • NZKC – Utility dog
  • UKC – Watchdog

FCI breed standard "English mastiff"

FCIFCI - English mastiff

Alternative names:

    1. Mastiff, Old English Mastiff (English).
    2. Old English Mastiff (French).
    3. Old English Mastiff (German).
    4. Mastiff inglês, Mastim inglês, Canis molossus, С. mastivus gladiator, Mastife inglês (Portuguese).
    5. Old English Mastiff (español).
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