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The English Mastiff is a large breed of dog of the general mastiff type. (Alternative names: Mastiff, Old English Mastiff). Also Known as mastin, anglais mastin,englishmastiff, molosser, molossoide, molossern, dog, canine, dogue, perros, chiens, matin,etc.
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The English Mastiff for all its large size, is a combination of grandeur, dignity, and courage. It is calm and affectionate to its master, but capable of protection as well. This particular mastiff-type breed is an extremely capable guard. If an unfamiliar person approaches near their perceived territory or its master, the Mastiff will immediately position themselves between its master and the stranger. If the approaching person does not back down, they take immediate defensive action. It is because of this instinctive behavior that English Mastiffs have earned themselves a spot in the world’s top 10 guard dogs, although they possess a sweet temperament and disposition that a lot of the large protective breeds , like the Caucasian Mountain dog lacks for instance.
The breed is good natured, easygoing, and surprisingly gentle. The English Mastiff is an extremely loyal breed, though not excessively demonstrative. It is exceptionally devoted to its family and is good with children as well. It remains a much loved breed - even though many are fearful of its large size.
English Mastiff Appearance
This breed is powerfully built, with a massive body, broad skull and head of generally square appearance.
The size should be very large, but it must be balanced by soundness. The body is massive with great breadth, especially between the forelegs, causing these to be set wide apart. While no height or weight is specified for this breed, the approximate height is 25.5 to 30 inches (70 to 76 cm) and weight 175 to 190 lb (79 to 86 kg).Mastiffs are the largest "heaviest" breed of dog. The mastiff puppy will be about 23 to 33 pounds at 8 weeks of age .
The short coat is close-lying and the colour is apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle, always with black on the muzzle, ears, and nose and around the eyes.
Guinness Book of World Records recognizes a mastiff from England named Zorba as the heaviest dog in the world, at over 343 lb (155 kg). Zorba stood 37 inches at the shoulder and was 8 feet 3 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Zorba set this record in November 1989, when he was 8 years old
English Mastiff Temperament
The Mastiff breed is a combination of grandeur, dignity, and courage; calm and affectionate to its master, but capable of guarding. The breed is innately good natured, calm, easygoing, and surprisingly gentle. It is a well-mannered house pet but needs sufficient room to stretch out. This is an extremely loyal breed and, though not excessively demonstrative, it is devoted to its family and good with children. However, it can be very protective of its owners and must be handled sensibly, since it is exceptionally powerful and can be difficult to control.
English Mastiff Health
This is a particularly large dog demanding suitably correct diet and exercise. The expected lifespan is 9 to 11 years.
Major issues include CHD and gastric torsion. Minor problems include elbow dysplasia, obesity, osteosarcoma, and cystinuria. Problems only occasionally found include cardiomyopathy, allergies, vaginal hyperplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, hypothyroidism, OCD, entropion, PRA, and PPM.
English Mastiff History
The Mastiff name probably evolved from the Anglo-Saxon word “masty”, meaning “powerful”. The Mastiff is descended from the ancient Alaunt and Molosser and is recognized at the oldest British breed. The Mastiff might have been brought to Britain in the 6th century BC. It was used in the blood sports of bear-baiting, bull-baiting, dog fighting, and lion-baiting. Throughout its long history, the Mastiff has contributed to the development of a number of dog breeds.
When Sir Peers Legh was wounded in the Battle of Agincourt, his Mastiff stood over and protected him for many hours through the battle. Although Legh later died, the Mastiff returned to Legh’s home and was the foundation of the Lyme Hall Mastiffs. Five centuries later this pedigree figured prominently in founding the modern breed.
Some evidence exists that the Mastiff came to America on the Mayflower, but the breed’s documented entry to America did not occur until the late 1800s.
In 1835, Britain passed legislation making baiting illegal. Subsequently, the Mastiff lost popularity and was virtually decimated in England by the Second World War; however, sufficient numbers had been brought to America by that time to keep the breed going. Since that time, it has gradually risen in popularity.
The true "Mastiff", is sometimes referred to as the “English Mastiff” or the “Old English Mastiff”. Please do not confuse with the "American Mastiff", which is a cross between the Mastiff and the Anatolian Shepherd. The AKC recognizes “Mastiffs” and does not recognize the American Mastiff. More info on the same about the differences are given HERE .
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "OLD ENGLISH MASTIFF AND "AMERICAN MASTIFF"
( A MUST READ FOR ANY "OLD ENGLISH MASTIFF" BUYER TO KNOW THE TRUE BREED)
The English Mastiff is one of the largest dogs in the world, built with a muscular and enormous body. With a large head and broad skull, the English Mastiff weighs an average of 200 pounds for males and 170 pounds for females. Due to its size and weight, many people assume that the English Mastiff is a vicious and aggressive dog not suitable for the household, which is probably the reason why only a few choose to adopt these giants.
However, contrary to popular belief, the English Mastiff is an affectionate and calm breed. Its characteristics include dignity, grandeur and courage. As such, they are great companions and guard dogs. Although they are usually good-natured and well mannered, the English Mastiff is capable of protecting their territories and masters, making them one of the world’s top 10 guard dogs. When strangers come near their territories or masters, the Mastiff dogs immediately place themselves in between the stranger and their masters. However, once the master lets this stranger into the house, the English Mastiff will back down instantly. They seldom bark at dogs and people, but may become defensive when the English Mastiff sees them as a threat.
Although the English Mastiff may seem violent, they are patient, intelligent and dignified. They are extremely loyal to their masters and families since English Mastiff dogs love to please and need constant companionship. Because of these characteristics, the English Mastiff can be left alone with a child. They will never hurt children since the Mastiffs look at a child as a “puppy”, bringing out their instinctive protectiveness and gentleness with them. While other English Mastiffs are not used to the presence of children, they can easily learn how to adapt and deal with them.
The English Mastiff does not hunt. As such, other animals are safe within his presence. However, they may attack other dogs when they have to, usually triggered by self-defense. English Mastiff dogs usually don’t attack other animals, unless they think of them as a threat to himself, his master or his family. Of course, cats, rabbits, birds and other similar animals may become at risk because the English Mastiff love to run around, exercise and chase fast animals. They are often seen playing with smaller dogs because they are unaware of their huge size.
While the English Mastiff became known as a warrior in the old days due to its strength and size, this giant has become a gentle, protective, loyal and obedient dog breed. The English Mastiff is now considered one of the best pets to choose when you want a reliable house pet and companion.
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The mastiff is universally acknowledged as a very ancient breed. It seems likely that the mastiff originated in the Middle East, and dogs of similar appearance are still to be found in Russia, Turkey and Poland. Bas-reliefs from Babylon displayed at the British Museum, show dogs very similar to the mastiff as we know it today, with short broad muzzles and heavy bodies. Some believe that the mastiff was brought to Great Britain by the Phoenicians, while others dispose of this thought
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