Homeland and time of occurrence: Great Britain, antiquity; height 70 – 76 cm, weight 79-86 kg
Description: The English Mastiff is one of the largest dogs in the world. The body of the mastiffs is covered with short and thick hair, there is a winter undercoat. The most common colors: apricot-reddish, silver-fawn, dark tiger.
Breed history: It is known that individuals of this breed already 2000 years ago lived in Great Britain, where they came from Asia thanks to Mediterranean and Phoenician merchants. From Great Britain, mastiffs were taken to Rome to take part in battles in arenas and in the event of hostilities. In Europe, thanks to the impressive size and monstrous strength of the mastiffs were used as guards. Subsequently, they managed to teach them the role of companions, with which they have successfully coped until now.
Games, entertainment, recreation: This dog loves active games in the fresh air with the owner and his household
Attractive features: Stunning appearance, obedience, good-natured character and selfless courage, with which the mastiff is ready at any time to come to the rescue of his master – these are the qualities that have gained popularity throughout this breed.
English Mastiff Health Problems: Blindness, heart failure, hyperthyroiditis, dysplasia of the femoral and ulnar susugava, skin dermatitis, nervous system damage, and immune disorders are among the common diseases for dogs that manifest themselves in mastiffs. Often there are cases of osteochondrosis. Mastiffs also have very pronounced shortness of breath. They need a large amount of food, but be careful, because you can not overfeed dogs.
Features of the content: If you do not start the training of mastiffs in early childhood, it is likely that you can grow an individual that is distinguished by a fair amount of aggressiveness. These dogs are shown to walk at least 4 times a day for 30 minutes.
This breed of dog is shown exclusively by experienced owners. Not too successful training can lead to destructive manifestations in behavior.
Remember also that the mastiffs need early socialization. This will help them become full members of your family.
Miscellaneous: In 1950, the purchase of “of one masty dog” was mentioned in the documents of the English royal court. The Anglo-Saxon word “masty” (“powerful”) thus became the source for the name of the breed. The average life expectancy of English Mastiffs is about 9-11 years.