Mastiff dog breed information
The mastiff dog breed is an ancient English breed that is believed to have been around for many centuries. The mastiff dogs are huge with a big head and are found in a limited number of colors. Despite their big size, however, mastiff dogs are gentle and compassionate and are the best guardians. The male mastiff weighs about 150 to 250 pounds while the female weighs 120 to 180 pounds with minimum a height of 30 inches, and is about 27 inches tall (minimum).They have a smooth coat and can be found in a variety of colors, i.e., Apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle. The mastiff dog can live for up to twelve years.
Characteristics & Facts
Adaptability to weather, apartments and their sensitivity.
Mastiff dogs are big and have a coat that keeps them warm. This means that they can tolerate low weather conditions without needing a coat. Their fur is not as dense therefore they can also be comfortable in high-temperature places. Their large size also means that they are not apartment’s dogs, they require a big yard. However, of you have a medium size apartment and can meet his exercise needs then you will have no trouble. Mastiff dogs are low sensitivity dogs. They are resilient and gentle therefore they are not highly sensitive to noise or a chaotic home. They are not loud barkers, but when they do bark, they have a very loud bark. If you have a big house that has too much going on, a mastiff dog is perfect because it will be calm and gentle and not bark every time there is a noise or disturbance. They are also quick to bond with the owner and do not react well when left alone.
Mastiff dogs require daily exercise. They should have enough space to walk, jump or even run. If a mastiff dog dos do not get exercise, they turn into a nuisance and could start to chew things to try shedding off the excess energy. It is advisable to put the dog in a fenced yard when he is playing because he will start chasing after other dogs and cats. Do not use an electric fence. Mastiffs have no tolerance for pain, and its body might go into shock.
A mastiff is not easy to train therefore training should begin at an early age. Mastiffs are big dogs and the older they get, the bigger they get and the harder it will become to get it under control. The person training the mastiff should be firm and authoritative, otherwise, the dog will not take to training from a person who is not tough enough.
Mastiffs are naturally born as guardians, and they have a protective insist.It should, however, be kept in control through training. They should be trained on socialization like accepting visitors, and to accommodate a certain level of hostility from the people around them, like children playing. The training will determine how your behavior-wise mastiff gets as he ages.
If a mastiff is brought up alongside other puppies, he will not have a problem with them. However, if new pets are brought once he is older, he gets overprotective and could become aggressive. Proper training is advised to keep this from happening. Mastiffs are also loud barkers, and they groan and sneer if they feel threatened or protective. Proper training will ensure they obey commands and remain calm with no unnecessary barking.
Like most animals, mastiff dogs have evolved over the years. They were originally trained as combat dogs and trained to fight alongside troops during wars. However, today mastiff dogs make up for the best companion dogs.
They attach themselves to people they love and are always good with children. They are playful but also gentle, nurturing and loving. You will find them climbing in bed with you or on the couch just to snuggle, despite their enormous size. They are not aggressive but are still excellent guardians. They adapt quickly to training on socialization if done right. If you have plenty of space or have a big family are looking for a pet, the mastiff dog is the perfect companion.