English Mastiff Puppies

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The Loving and Devoted English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is one of the world's largest dog breeds. Large-boned and strong, this enormous dog has a noble, loving and devoted demeanor. There's nothing aggressive about Mastiffs, which makes them wonderful family pets. These brave, yet well-behaved canines can fit well with most families.

English Mastiff At a Glance

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English Mastiff At a Glance

  • Size: 28"-30", 170-190 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 6-12 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Short and flat, with thickest hair over neck and shoulders
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
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English Mastiff Breed Guide

Learn More About English Mastiffs

  • Temperament

    Despite their strong and powerful build, English Mastiffs are affectionate, gentle, and calm dogs that are great for families with children and other animals. They love being around people, but don't demand constant attention. While gentle with family and friends, Mastiffs are suspicious of people they do not know and are very protective, making them excellent watchdogs. These dogs are rarely aggressive, though, despite what their loud, deep bark may suggest. Mastiffs are smart and eager to please, so training them is relatively easy. All in all, the English Mastiff makes a wonderful family pet whose loyalty and devotion to its family are unmatched.

  • Health

    English Mastiffs are generally healthy but coud be prone to certain conditions, like hip dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, seizures, cystinuria, gasric torsion, and cancer.

  • Activity Level

    In general, English Mastiffs are house dogs. They can adapt to any setting, whether urban or rural, but they thrive in a home with a fenced yard. Their physical activity requirements are moderate. A couple of 20- to 30-minute walks per day will suffice for an adult Mastiff.

  • Grooming

    Brush your English Mastiff weekly with a rubber hound glove and more often during the shedding seasons. You might need a stronger brush during these times, as well. Their wrinkly faces should be inspected and cleaned to avoid rashes. Lastly, you might want to keep a drool towel around to clean up your Mastiff's face before they get it on your clothes or furniture. 

  • Shedding

    The English Mastiff's short, double coat sheds a moderate amount. Their shedding does increase during the shedding seasons twice a year, spring and fall.

  • Appearance

    Although the Mastiff is huge and strong, its wrinkled brow, floppy jowls, and propensity for drooling make this breed quite endearing. An English Mastiff's short coat comes in fawn, apricot, or brindle. Its muzzle, ears, nose and eyes are all black.

  • History

    While the exact origin of the English Mastiff is unclear, the breed has undoubtedly been around since ancient times. During medieval times, Mastiffs were widely used as war dogs, hunting dogs, and guard dogs. In fact, it is believed that Kubla Khan kept 5,000 Mastiffs to use for hunting during the 1200s. The modern Mastiff was developed in England and was used as a watchdog on many estates. Unfortunately, the breed began to be used for cruel sports like dog fighting during the following decades. When dog fighting was banned in 1835, the Mastiff evolved into more of a peaceful breed. Throughout the late 1800s, Mastiffs continued developing, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1885. Once World War I and II occurred, however, the breed nearly became extinct. Luckily, the Mastiff was revived and remains a moderately popular breed today.