If you love large dog, then you are someone who loves Mastiff dog breeds. These massive canines are lage in size, but are extremely lovable and great to have as pets.
Mastiff Dog Breeds – History
The Mastiff is actually one of the oldest known breeds around. They were said to be used to fight with gladiators and lions in Rome (Mastiffs were known to be Roman war dogs), and alongside British soldiers during the war. It is even reported that the Mastiff breed was found in Egyptian monuments and records as early as 3000 BC. Considering the variety of dogs that come and go, this is a pretty impressive feat.
Mastiff Dog Breeds – Types
There are more than a few Mastiff dog breeds around. Many times, a Mastiff are slightly different in other countries, most likely because they have adapted to the environment and climate that they are in. Here are some of the more well-known Mastiff dog breeds in the world: Fila Brasilerio, Newfoundland, Shar Pei, Great Pyrenees, Dogue de Bordeaux, Boxer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Land Seer, Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, English Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Lakota Mastino, Neapolitan Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Bernese Mountain Dog, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Saint Bernard, Tibetan Mastiff, American Bulldog and the American Pitbull Terrier. Most Mastiff breeds are large, but there are some breeds that are quite small or at least, average sized. These are the Pug, French Bull Dog and the Boston Terrier.
There are a lot of breeds, but generally, when you talk about the Mastiff you are referring to the English Mastiff dog. The average English Mastiff can measure from 70 to 76 cm in height. It can be pretty startling when you see a Mastiff. I was just jogging the other day and when I saw a Mastiff, I nearly broke into a run. It was pretty huge. While it’s size can be intimidating, this breed is known to be generally gentle and affectionate towards their family.
The Mastiff is a natural protector. There may be some mastiff breeds that are more dominant and aggressive than others, but for the most part, they are very good pets to have around the house. They are not noisy, but they are alert and will stand up in defense of their family at the slightest provocation. Yes, they are a friendly dog, but they will protect their own. They do not attack like other more aggressive canines. When there is a stranger or intruder, the Mastiff will keep them at a corner or even sit on them to keep the stranger from advancing to the family.
Aside from being protective, the Mastiff is patient, loving, calm and fairly intelligent. They are great with children, although with their bulk and size, they might not be good with extremely small tots and babies. They are somewhat cool towards strangers so it is imperative that you socialize them as early as possible to avoid future incidents. To train a Mastiff, you need to be able to achieve the aleader packa status in the household. This means you have to guide them in a firm, but friendly manner. If you do this when they are still puppies, they will be a lot easier to train in the future.
The health complications of a Mastiff are those that come because of their size. Hip and elbow dysplasia are common ailments that besets larger dogs. They are also known to be prone to bloat, which is painful but can be quite dangerous as well. To prevent bloat, feed your dog two to three small meals throughout the day instead of just one large meal. You can also purchase one of those dog dishes that are specially designed so that the dog has to move around to be able to finish his food, thus preventing quickly eating a big meal all at once. Sometimes, the Mastiff can develop gastric torsion, ectropion, PRA, heart conditions and arthritis.
One way to avoid aggravating their health issues is to keep them fit and in a moderate weight level. Unfortunately, the Mastiff is not generally known for its active lifestyle. They can be quite lazy and if they are not exercised regularly, can be overweight which will lead to a myriad of health complications. A daily walk around the block will suffice. Make sure that Mastiff dog breeds enjoy a healthy, balanced diet in moderate amounts for a long and happy life.