This is a large breed of dog which almost became extinct but was saved
with breeding in Canada and the United States. A working breed, the
Mastiff free puppies grow up to a height of 27.5 inches and weigh
almost 190 pounds as adults. In ancient times this breed was a guard
dog and the nobility used it as a companion for
hunting. They also were made to participate in arenas as gladiators and
participate in dog combats. The Mastiff has a double coat with the
inner coat thick and close to the body and the outer coat straight,
coarse and short. Their coats are brindled, fawn or apricot in color
and the hair shedding is average. The ears, muzzle and nose are black
This is one of the heaviest breeds of dogs and is powerful and muscular
and can weigh up to 200 pounds. They are dominant animals and are
courageous, alert and without fear. An intelligent breed, the Mastiff
is loyal to the family and loves to be with humans and hates being left
alone for long periods. They cannot be kept with pets which they have
not been raised with and are protective and possessive about their
family. Only a person who understands dogs should keep a Mastiff and
new pet owners should not attempt to keep them.
The person handling this dog should be dominant and the mastiff should
be trained as a puppy for obedience. Training should not be harsh.
Though they are happy to please their owner they may not be easy to
Mastiffs have a tendency to snore and to drool. Not much care is
required for their coats and an occasional brushing with a firm brush
will do. Bathing should be done only when required.