Meet one of the biggest dogs on Earth - The English Mastiff. This majestic breed was once regarded a fine gladiator. Their size might be imposing but, in reality, these are gentle giants with calm demeanours.
Where I'm From
Old English Mastiffs are one of the oldest breeds. Their ancestry can be traced back to ancient Molossers that populated the mountain regions of Tibet and India.
Ancestors of modern Mastiffs have been portrayed throughout history in sculptures, painting, and even rock carvings. Once used as war dogs, these powerful characters would often be pitted against lions and other animals.
The Old English Mastiffs we know today were developed in the UK, and were commonly used as patrol and guard dogs in residencies and states around the country.
The breed gained popularity as house pets thanks to the emergence of dog shows in the mid 19th century. Today, Mastiffs are regarded as a tame and docile family companion.
What I Look Like
Characterized by their dignified black masks, Mastiffs are strong dogs with thick muscles. These are powerful creatures that often don’t know their own strength.
Their impressive stature, gives them a slightly daunting look that hides their friendly personalities. Even though these guys can reach the mammoth weight of 130kg (around 290lbs), they certainly are gentle giants. Mastiff’s have adorably wrinkled foreheads that make them look like the kind and caring creatures they actually are.
Their fur is double-coated and comes in a variety of shades – from fawn to apricot to brindle.
How I Act
The breed is famously messy and may not be a good fit for overly tidy owners. Mastiffs tend to drool... a lot, so if you are the type of person that gets put off by a bit of slobber then you might want to reconsider adopting one of these guys.
These gentle giants are calm and good-natured companions that enjoy peace and quiet. Mastiffs are docile creatures and will remain loyal to owners who treat them right.
They are quite protective of children, although their size means that they can accidently bump toddlers from time to time.
It’s important that you maintain a positive attitude whenever you are around your pet as these are highly sensitive dogs whose personalities can be negatively affected if they perceive any conflict.
Looking After Me
Like any other dog, it is important that your Mastiff remains active. A regular exercise routine should keep your pet happy and healthy.
Even though Mastiffs can adapt to any type of home, it’s preferred they live in a home with a spacious backyard. Take into account that, due to their immense size, these dogs are not easy to transport and may not be a good choice for people who frequently travel with their furry friends.
Grooming these guys is a relatively easy task. A bath every couple of months will keep your playful friend looking like new. It is important to note that Mastiffs shed a fair bit throughout the year, so make sure you give them a quick brush every now and then.
These heavy dogs are more likely to suffer injuries such as ligament ruptures than other breeds. Other problems often associated with Old English Mastiffs are orthopedic complications, heart disease, and cancer. Sadly, these lovable creatures will usually have shorter lifespans compared to other dogs.
Am I the pet for you?
- Calm and well-mannered creatures
- Gentle and protective towards children
- Their impressive stature makes them a dignified presence.
- Mastiffs can drool profusely and might annoy tidy owners
- Their loud snoring and flatulence can be disruptive
- Tend to live less years than other dog breeds
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