What kind of dog is a mastiff?
Hello, and welcome to critterpages.com, a topical website that gives real information about the magnificent breed of The Mastiff dog. They may be on the large side, but mastiffs dog breeds are a lovable pet, loyal and protective to the end.
From beginning to end, this website will give you an understanding of what mastiffs are all about, common mastiff trademarks, and how to train your dog to follow rules and even do some tricks. Whether you consider yourself an expert or are thinking about owning a Mastiff, there are always things to learn. So read on and indulge yourself in the world of the Mastiff.
The Mastiff dog breeds, such as many dog breeds have a history that goes back over 2,000 years and were used in Britain, Rome, and many other ancient civilizations as hunting dogs, warrior dogs, and guard dogs. The Mastiff has had long and illustrious past. The Mastiff was brought to Britain by the Phoenicians in the 6th century BC. Then the Romans discovered this incredible dog when they invaded Britain and took some back home. It is thought that Julius Caesar’s favorite dog was a Mastiff breed. Amazingly, Kubla Khan kept lots, well, thousands of Mastiffs as part of his army, and Hannibal brought several battalions of these massive dogs with him when he made his famous crossing of the Alps.
Mastiffs remained a favorite of the Royals of Britain, used for guarding castles and estates. Mastiffs were even used for bear-baiting between the 12th and 19th centuries, which was a very popular sport at the time. They were also used to attack chained bears, tigers, and bulls.
The first Mastiff breed came to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, though they didn’t become popular there until the 1800s. Used during the World Wars to pull heavy munitions carts, they fell out of favor during these lean times because of their great appetites. Growing again in popularity today, Mastiff dogs are used as search and rescue dogs, companions, show dogs, guard dogs, and police dogs.
Today, he is still the largest breed of dog, often reaching a weight of 220 pounds and a shoulder height of 30 inches. They should appear massive and powerful, with a black mask and ears highlighting a pale coat of silver, apricot, fawn, or brindle short hair.
While yesterday’s Mastiff breed was a fierce opponent, today the Mastiff is gentle and affectionate. While every Mastiff is an individual, the majority are calm and easy-going. But some Mastiffs can be a bit challenging to train. Often a bit stubborn, your best to get your training done before they reach their true size when the dog is young and of smaller stature. At the same time, some Mastiffs are very sensitive and will be no problem to train.
Looking forward to your life with a mastiff dog? be prepared for drooling, snoring, and wheezing. They take up a lot of room, even though they are not a very active breed. At the same time, they are loyal guardians who will keep you and your family from harm. Mastiffs rarely bark. If a mastiff ever finds an intruder, they will more than likely “detain” him until help arrives or you give him the okay. Mastiffs don’t need to be taught to guard, they just fall into it naturally.
If you have children, you couldn’t choose a better companion. Small children need to be watched just because of the sheer size of the dog, but your Mastiff will be gentle, patient, and long-suffering.
As a companion, you can’t choose a better dog. Mastiffs thrive on being with you. It doesn’t matter if you are going for a walk or just sitting and reading a book, your mastiff will always hang out with you. Your Mastiff will love nothing more than to be at your side night and day. This is no dog that thrives on being left in the backyard alone all day. He craves companionship and preferably yours.
If you take him to the park for a walk, he’ll most likely be a bit shy of strangers, preferring to sit politely until you say a person is acceptable to you. He should get along well with other dogs too, especially if he has been properly socialized when young. If he wasn’t socialized as a pup, you’ll probably need to train him to behave around other dogs or keep him away from them.
For his size, the Mastiff is quite swift. He can easily outrun a man, though if he had his druthers, he’d rather laze around the house and, if you don’t mind the crowding, he’d be happy in an apartment as long as he’s able to hang out with his family.
So, you’ve decided that a Mastiff is a right dog for you. When you are sure you can live with the drooling, the large size, and the fact he eats like a horse, you will need to find the right dog for you. First, you’ll need to decide if you want a puppy or an adult dog. If you want a puppy, you’ll want to find a reputable breeder that breeds Mastiffs that are quality specimens of the breed and epitomize the Mastiff both physically and temperamentally. A reputable breeder will have experience with the breed and with raising litters. They will carefully choose the parents and have medical documentation showing that both parents are healthy. You should be able to meet both parents of the puppies, and the pups should be kept with the mother full time until they are weaned. The pups should have received shots before you pick yours up, and you should have a contract with the breeder.
Before you bring your puppy home, you’ll need to puppy-proof your home. Remove plants that may be poisonous, and remove all your cherished items that the puppy may decide to make good chew toys.
If you decide on an adult dog, a breeder may have an older dog available, or you can try a rescue group. The problem with adult dogs is you don’t know their history. But, the advantage of getting an older dog is you bypass all the chewing, potty training, and puppy hijinks. An older dog will already be calm and placid.
Always choose good quality food for your Mastiff. Low-quality food may be cheaper, but the dog will eat more to get enough nutrients, and low-quality food tends to cause gas. Another option is feeding your Mastiff a “real food” diet of meat and other proteins. There is a lot of information on these diets on the Internet.
Once you live with a Mastiff dog, they will be a part of your heart forever. These docile giants will never let you go.
The Brazilian Mastiff AKA Fila Brasileiro
Another great mastiff is the Brazilian Mastiff, which is a crossbreed between a Mastiff and the Bloodhound. They are also known by the name Fila Brasileiro.
Early in their ancestry, these dogs were made to watch out for the plantations in Brazil, then they were later brought to America by the Conquistadors.
Weighing in at over 100 pounds and about 27-30 inches tall from the ground to his shoulder. The females are a little smaller than males but are still huge. A female Brazilian mastiff weighs roughly 90 lbs (pounds) and stands about 24-28″ off of the ground to the shoulder.
The fur is short and soft and his neck is extremely thick. He carries the same features of a bloodhound through his face. A variety of colors also comes with this breed and those colors include yellow, black, brindle, and reddish tan.
The Brazilian Mastiff’s bone structure allows it to run faster, which gives it the ability to attack more efficiently if needed. They are known for their courage and also for the fact that they possess the ability to stand alerted at all times. Despite their aggressive nature towards strangers, they do carry a loving nature towards children.
There are several qualities of the Brazilian Mastiff. Well looking at both of the breeds, you see the hunting instinct from the Bloodhound, and also the guarding instinct of the Mastiff. They’re well known for looking out for cattle and seem to be a great well-rounded dog.
Not an animal that’s trained to sniff out the prey while hunting, they were well trained to attack and hold down the subject until their master arrived. Some were used to keep jaguars away from cattle as well.
Another one of their unique tasks was to track down slaves that had run away. The word ‘fila’ means ‘to hold’ in Portuguese. Along with their great hunting and holding skills, the Brazilian Mastiff can even run extremely fast and can gallop to the fullest.
The Brazilian Mastiff is not too keen on strangers. They do not like people that they don’t know. That could be good in some ways, on the other hand, it is not so good if they are around people regularly. People that they don’t know. They do undergo character testing to make sure that they remain self-confident and also to see if they would attack without being instructed to. That is one characteristic that may shun you from purchasing a Brazilian Mastiff. They are even cautious during dog shows and the judges are advised not to touch the dog, even though that is necessary for judging.
Despite the way they are with strangers, the Brazilian Mastiff is extremely gentle and loving towards his own family. He is also very protective of and extremely loyal to his master. Keep in mind that the Brazilian Mastiff will attack strangers. It is their natural instinct to attack when they feel threatened or cannot trust the one who is unfamiliar to them.
When you’re shopping for a puppy, it is recommended that you get as much information from the breeder as possible.
It’s a good idea to go to some dog shows and also visit the homes of private breeders to see the kennels. Never limit yourself to one kennel either and always ask the questions you think need to be answered. This will let you see if the breeder is confident about their dogs, they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Shop around a little. There are plenty of websites that sell Brazilian Mastiffs and I am sure that they will add pictures so that you can see the many varieties of colors and features.
With its rectangular shape, droopy hound dog ears, and flabby lips, you can say that the Brazilian Mastiff is an adorable looking dog.
Remember, if you are meeting him for the first time, stay clear as his instincts will be telling him to attack. Don’t let this put you off, as they are more often than not, more gentle than a kitten. Especially around their family members and children.
A truly beautiful dog with a great capacity for hunting, a trait in which he inherited from his Bloodhound ancestry. He can catch and hold whatever it may be that he is capturing. While hunting he catches the animal, holds it down while waiting for his human companion to come. Sounds like a great family member to me!
The American Bandogge Mastiff
The American Bandogge Mastiff gets its name from the word Saxon, meaning chain. The reason or the significance is, they were known to be tied up during the day and then released at night so that they can guard the home.
The American Bandogge has only been around for forty years or so. What had happened is an American veterinarian cross-bred an American pit bull terrier with a huge Neapolitan Mastiff female. The breeder who started this evolution of mastiffs is John Swinford, and then another one also assisted in getting this breed going, and his name is Joe Lucero.
Of course, there are several different varieties in the breed, such as cross-breeding an English mastiff with the American pit bull.
A breed that is known for its muscular and athletic appearance, which he has inherited from his pitbull bloodline. He also comes in a variety of color patterns, some of which are tawny, blue, black, and red. Although most of the time, they are black brindle.
They’re known to be easy to train and are very obedient to their owners, partly down to their calm temperament. Weighing in at an average weight of 40 lbs, they’re not small and are known to be a very confident dog. Although being bred to protect, their overall demeanor is quiet, but don’t be misled, as they are highly intelligent and make for good guard dogs. There’s one thing to note he doesn’t bark too often while guarding his territory, which isn’t the best quality a guard dog can have. I’m sure lots of people will be happy with this trait, though.
Either way, I don’t think that I would want this huge dog sneaking up on me if I were in the process of robbing its home.
They’re a dog that can have separation anxiety and get lonely rather quickly and don’t like their owners to be out of sight for long. Despite their lack of barking, they tend to howl when their owner is absent, as do most dog breeds.
Despite their large build, if raised from a puppy with other animals such as cats, they should get on just fine. Being the large dog that they are, they are also very active and love to exercise, so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Regular walks will be needed, especially if they are stuck at home all day.
They are easy to care for because of their short coat but are known to suffer from a little dry skin now and then, but are easy to take care of for the most part.
Well, there it is, a well-rounded dog that is family-friendly and an overall gentle giant that’ll fit into most families without a fuss.
Yes, he will confidently ease up on an intruder without a sound, yet on the other hand, go hysterical when his loving family is away. He’s good with kids that will most definitely defend his own. Did I mention he is easy to groom with the short hair? However, remember the dry skin. He’s a relatively new breed, only been around for about forty years, and continues to thrive, today!