Founded in Great Britain, the English Mastiff is one of the oldest breeds that were depicted in Egyptian Monuments. These dogs were used in arenas alongside many famous gladiators in Caesars time and were forced to take part in duels with bears, lions and bulls. Later they were used in England as a bodyguard and to help protect peasants from wolves and predators and also as a companion. There is a saying that just as a lion is compared to any cat, a mastiff is compared to a dog. English Mastiffs are talented pets that are used for many purposes like in the military, police, weight-lifting as well as rescue and search squads. Let us take a closer look into the important traits, description and behavioral aspects of an English Mastiff.
The English Mastiff is considered as one of the biggest dogs there is, with an extremely large head, which is heavy and shaped like a square. The muzzle of this breed is just half the size of the skull with a dark colored nose. The eyes are placed far apart with a distinctive black mask around them and are usually dark brown or dark hazel in color. The ears also are a darker shade compared to the overall tone of the coat and are V-shaped. The teeth lie in level and meet at scissor bite. The tail has a wide base that tapers to one point and is high set. The English Mastiff comes in colors like apricot, golden fawn, silver, brindle, light fawn or tiger.
One of the most muscular dogs there is, the Mastiff is extremely powerful with varying levels of dominance. This breed is a natural guard dog and is sometimes referred to as a “Gentle giant”. This breed does not generally bark unless it has to protect its owners, its territory and its family. It is not necessary to train an English mastiff to guard, as this dog is a natural. It senses danger and uncertain vibes and will naturally start guarding and protecting its owner. The English mastiff is patient, self confident and has a very watchful eye. They are excellent with children and love protecting them and are extremely calm. Owners need to be confident and gently while training these dogs from being dominant. They should be properly socialized so that they get along well with other pets and unknown people. Drooling, snoring and wheezing are general traits that cannot be trained and happen naturally with Mastiffs. For a master-dog relationship to turn out a success, the owner should ensure he is firm and should be the decision maker.
The English mastiff has a short coat which is smooth and soft is very easy to maintain and groom. A firm brittle brush should be used to brush the coat on a regular basis and wiped with a towel in order to gain an additional shine and finish. Bathing and shampooing should also be done once every two weeks to keep the coat soft and vibrant. The English mastiff is an average shedder so maintaining the coat should not be a problem.
Mastiffs are usually considered as lazy dogs and in order to keep them fit, regular exercise is necessary. Daily walks in the park and playful activities are ways of releasing the physical and metal energy so that the dog stays happy. Walking beside or behind the owner and heeling should be taught to the dog so that they know who is the leader. The Mastiff should always be leased when in public to avoid any unnecessary circumstances as they are very strong dogs.
Height & Weight
English Mastiffs are considered as one of the heaviest and largest breeds and a male can go up to 200 pounds approximately. Normal breeds weigh 160 pounds while females weigh 150 pounds on an average. The height of a male Mastiff can go up to 30 inches and females up to 27 inches respectively.
The English Mastiff is a popular breed all over the world and if taken care of and maintained well, this powerful dog can be one of the best and easiest to maintain pets there is.