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Old English Mastiff

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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.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.