Mastiff

Origins

There are many breeds of Mastiff. Genetic studies have confirmed that all Mastiffs share a common ancestor and therefore they form their own group on the dog family tree. The Mastiff as a group are a very ancient type of dog. Each Mastiff breed comes from it’s own unique area. The Neapolitan Mastiff is from Italy while the English Mastiff is from Britain. The Mastiff group of dogs are guard dogs. Most Mastiffs were bred to guard sheep or other livestock. Mastiffs tend to be very large, weighing in usually at more the one hundred and thirty to two hundred and twenty pounds! They have a short coat and shed almost year round.

Temperament

Once out of their goofy puppy years, Mastiffs are calm, gentle, and well mannered. They make great watchdogs and are very protective of their families. If exercised properly, Mastiffs can do well in apartments or in homes with small yards. But if left to their own devices, they can be destructive. Mastiffs drool and can sometimes be a bit gassy. Mastiffs have strong guarding instincts, so proper socialization when they are puppies is essential to assure a well rounded adult dog. Mastiffs need to have obedience training. Due to their huge size, they would easily be able to pull most people off their feet. So you want to make sure your Mastiff obeys commands prior to him growing big enough to out weigh you.

Best lifestyle for this breed

Mastiffs are quiet enough for most people to own, but given their immense size, they aren’t for everyone. Mastiffs are not a good choice for a family with small children or frail seniors. Their sheer size means they will have trouble maneuvering and can easily knock people over. If exercised properly, Mastiffs can do well in apartments or in homes with small yards. But if left to their own devices, they can be destructive.