Mastiff – English
The Mastiff breed is thought to be the oldest English breed of dog. They were used in gladiator arenas for fighting with lions, bull baiting & bear baiting. They were later used as a protection dog for peasants. It was documented that this breed came to America in the late 1800’s. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1885 and grouped as Working.
- Country of Origin: Great Britain
- Weight: 175 - 200 lbs
- Height: 27 - 30 inches
- Color: The Mastiff colors are fawn, apricot and brindle.
The Mastiff breed is intelligent, loyal and protective. They are very calm and gentle which is surprising given their size. They are a good family dog as they love children and rarely are aggressive. They love to be around their family and thrive on attention.
The average life span of a Mastiff is between 10 – 12 years. Some health issues to watch for in this breed are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Elbow Dysplasia
• Gastric Torsion
The Mastiff breed has a double coat. The outer coat is straight, short and coarse while the under coat is dense and lies close to the body.
This breed requires little maintenance to keep their coats nice and healthy. Brush occasionally with a hard bristle brush and bathe when necessary.