If you have ever seen one of these dogs, you will remember it! And it was probably a startling experience. A male English Mastiff stands at least 30 inches at the shoulder and can outweigh many a full-grown man tipping the scales at up to 200 lbs. The English Mastiff is a wonderful but massive dog with a large, heavy, square head and well-marked stop between the eyes. Discover more about our English Mastiff puppies for sale below!
The muzzle should be half the length of the skull with medium-sized brown to dark hazel eyes set wide apart with a black mask around them. The nose is dark and they have small, V-shaped ears in proportion with the skull that’s dark in color. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite but a slightly undershot bite is also acceptable in the show ring providing the teeth do not show when the mouth is closed.
The tail is high-set with a wide base, tapering to a point and reaching the hocks. Coat colors include golden fawn, light fawn, apricot, silver, tiger or brindle.
The Mastiff is a very massive, powerful, muscular dog commonly known as a gentle giant. Don’t let the size fool you, these dogs are lovers! Dominance levels vary, even within the same litter, but they are a born guard dog even though they rarely bark. It’s in the Mastiff’s nature to defend its territory and family but they are more of a silent guard rather than a barker.
When an intruder is caught the dog is more likely to hold them at bay, either by trapping them in a corner or lying on top of them rather than an all-out attack. You do not need to train your Mastiff to guard, it comes naturally. No matter how friendly it is, if it senses danger it will naturally guard on its own unless the owners are there to tell it otherwise.
Self-confident and watchful, these English Mastiff puppies are patient and considered excellent with children. Intelligent, calm, even-tempered and docile, this breed is very large and heavy. They respond well to firm, but gentle, patient training. They love to please and need a lot of human leadership. Socialize them well to prevent them from becoming aloof with strangers.
Owners need to be firm, calm, consistent, confident with an air of natural authority to communicate to the Mastiff that dominance is unwanted. If socialized with proper leadership it will get along well with other dogs. The Mastiff tends to drool, wheeze and snore loudly. It can be somewhat difficult to train. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack.
When humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines should be clearly defined, and rules set. Because a dog communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the pecking order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.
Despite their size, Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy though they will keep fitter and happier if given regular exercise. Like all dogs, the Mastiff should be taken on daily regular walks to help release its mental and physical energy. It’s in a dog’s nature to walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog’s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They should always be leashed in public.
A very old breed, the English Mastiff was founded in Britain and was depicted in Egyptian monuments as early as 3000 BC. The breed fought alongside British soldiers in 55 BC. Caesar brought a pack of Mastiffs to Rome where the dogs were put on display as arena gladiators and forced to be in fights with human gladiators, lions, bull baiting, bear baiting and in dog-to-dog combat.
They later became popular with the peasants in England where they were used as a bodyguard, protector of wolves and other dangerous predators and as a companion dog. In the eighteenth century, the Mastiff was described: “As a lion is to a cat, so is a mastiff compared to a dog.” It is believed that a Mastiff came to America on the Mayflower.
Later more were imported. Like most breeds by the end of World War ll, the breed was almost extinct in England. Dogs were imported from the USA and Canada and are once again well established in England. Some of the Mastiff’s talents include watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, and weight pulling.
For rapidly growing giant breeds such as English Mastiff puppies, proper nutrition is critical through puppyhood and up to 2 years of age. Slow and steady growth is optimal. If fed a densely caloric diet lacking an appropriate calcium/phosphorous ratio, Mastiff puppies and young adults are prone to skeletal disorders.
Most breed experts recommend that puppies start on an adult dog food formulation with a protein percentage no higher than 26 percent, and a calcium/phosphorous ratio of approx.1.2:1. Feeding scheduled meals is recommended, rather than free feeding, to avoid excessive weight gain.
- The English Mastiff is a very large and powerful dog. They are known to be alert, intelligent, self-confident, and make good guard dogs.
- The English Mastiff is also patient and calm, with people often calling it a gentle giant.
- Although a natural guard dog, the English Mastiff does not bark often. Also, rather than attacking when an intruder is caught, it is more likely to trap them in a corner or lay on top of them.
- Due to its patient and calm nature, the English Mastiff is considered to be good with children.
- Because of their large size, it is important to socialize and train this breed from an early age to prevent them from becoming unfriendly with strangers and other animals.
- Like many large breeds, the English Mastiff tends to drool and snore loudly.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Association Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- American Kennel Club
- Australian National Kennel Club
- American Pet Registry, Inc.
- Canadian Kennel Club
- Continental Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- Fédération Cynologique Internationale
- Kennel Club of Great Britain
- North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
- National Kennel Club
- New Zealand Kennel Club
- United Kennel Club
Average Weight: 150-200 lbs.
Personality Traits: Alert, self-confident, protective
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
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