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MASTIFF

Breed Group: Guardian

For full breed standards, visit UK Kennel Club or American Kennel Club

Average height: 68 - 77 cms (27 - 30 in)

Average Weight: 79 - 91 kgs (175 - 200 lbs)

Coat Length: Short

Life Span: 9 - 11 years

Colours: fawn, apricot, and brindle

HISTORY

The mastiff is an ancient breed type, an exceptional watchdog and confident protector. Mastiffs served as war dogs and guardians and served time in the fighting pits during the Elizabethan era.

 

L.E.G.S.

Using the L.E.G.S.¬ģ model, our breed descriptions offer insights into typical behavior based on Genetics, Learning, Environment, and Self.¬†

Knowing¬†the¬†sort of 'job' a breed was¬†created¬†for can offer valuable insights into the type of life¬†dogs of that¬†breed would most enjoy. But bear in mind, they are all individuals, treat the following as an¬†indication of breed tendencies ‚Äď not a prediction.

Shedding

minimal <> considerable

Grooming

minimal <> likely to need professional grooming

Barking

relatively quiet <> very vocal

Predatory behaviour around other pets/livestock

low<>high

Response to strangers

happy to greet everyone <> very wary

Affectionate with family

not at all<>very cuddly

Playful

serious<>very playful

Focus on handler (bond)

independent thinker<>very biddable

Excitable/Impulsive

very calm<>easily aroused

Motivated

laid back<>obsessive

Easy to care for

suitable for inexperienced<>challenging

Exercise needs

minimal<>hours daily

Off-lead exercise needs

happy on lead<>needs plenty of freedom

Enrichment needs

basic<>needs challenges

WHY YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR MASTIFF

  • They are fiercely loyal and will display undying love for their owner to the point of becoming 'needy'

WHY THEY MAY BE HARD TO LIVE WITH

  • They are very stubborn and independent thinkers
  • ¬†They will comply only if they respect you

YOUR MASTIFF PUPPY HIGHLIGHTS

Mastiff puppies, despite their eventual large size, are playful, curious, and full of energy. Early training is crucial to ensure they grow up with good social skills. Their size means they'll grow rapidly, so it's essential to monitor their diet and exercise to ensure healthy growth.

YOU MAY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH:

  • Over protectiveness
  • ¬†Learning to turn 'off' the guardian switch
  • Not coming when called

YOUR RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL KEY

  • Clear communication is key
  • They must understand what is expected of them and when to 'turn off' the guardian button¬†

UPBRINGING

Raising a Mastiff requires patience, consistency, and understanding of their unique needs. Communication is key to setting clear expectations.

LIFESTYLE 

They are laid-back, quiet, and routine oriented.

INTERESTS & HOBBIES 

They love sleeping, but they are never fully asleep. The guardian is always alert.

EDUCATION

Stranger equals danger. They must learn to accept visitors and to trust your guidance.