The Mastiff belongs to Britain. It is a very old breed and is also depicted in the Egyptian monuments as early as 3000 BC. The breed fought with the British soldiers in 55 BC. It was brought back to Rome by Caesar and there it was forced to fight with humans, lions, bull, bear etc. to display the arena of gladiators. It was used by the peasants as bodyguard, protector of wolves and as a companion. Like most of the breeds, it was about to extinct in England at the end of World war-II. It was then imported from USA and Canada to establish it in England.
The Mastiff is good-natured, calm and gentle dog. It is an extremely loyal breed and is devoted to the family and is nice towards kids. If any danger bestows its family; it can go to any extent to protect it.
- Activity Level: 2/5 (can be lazy)
- Intelligence Level: 3.5/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (somewhat curious)
- Friendliness: 3.5/5 (friendly)
- Vocal: 2/5 (rarely barks)
The Mastiff has a heavy large, square head which has a well-marked stop between the eyes. The ears are small and V-shaped; and are in proportion with the skull. The tail is high-set and has a wide base, which is tapering at point. The muzzle, nose and ears are black in colour. It may have a small patch of white colour on the chest.
- Fur: It has a double coat, with dense undercoat and the outer coat is straight, coarse and of moderate length. It can be in golden fawn, light fawn, silver apricot, tiger or brindle colours. The Bridle Mastiff has a fawn or apricot background colour; with dark stripes.
- Eyes: The eye rims are black. The eyes are medium in size and brown to dark hazel in colour.
- Body Structure: The body is slightly longer than tall.
- Facial Features: The muzzle is half the size of the skull.
- Weight: Around 72kg in males and 68 kg in females.
The major health concerns in Mastiff are CHD, gastric torsion. The minor health concerns are elbow dysplasia, PRA, PPM and vaginal hyperplasia. Cardiomyopathy is occasionally seen in the breed. The suggested tests for the Mastiff are hip, elbow and eye. Obesity is also a major health concern in the breed.
It should be given adequate exercise; in the absence of which it can become destructive. It requires minimum coat care. Brushing it with a firm with bristle brush; and wiping of with a towel to ensure gleaming finish is all what required. Bathing or shampooing can be done when required. It is an average shedder. The teeth should be brushed twice or thrice a week; in order to avoid the formation of tartar and bacteria. The nails should be trimmed once or twice a week.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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