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English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff

Großbritannien, 6. Jahrhundert v. Chr..

AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group II.: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, TKC Working
Dogs 30-34 inches (76-86 cm)
Bitches 27-32 inches (69-81 cm)
Dogs 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg)
Bitches 120-200 pounds (54-91 kg)
10-12 years
2 to 5

The English Mastiff is one of the heaviest breeds; a male Mastiff can exceed 200 pounds. The Mastiff is very massive, powerful and muscular. It is a large, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. It gives the impression of grandeur and dignity.

Originally valued for its abilities as a fierce guard and fighting dog, today's Mastiff is a gentle giant. A born guard dog, brave and loyal. It is calm, steady and docile. It tends to keep close to home and is disinclined to roam. "As a lion is to a cat, so is a mastiff compared to a dog.


Apricot, fawn, brindle with black around the eyes and extending up between them, over the muzzle, ears and nose.


Outer coat short and straight, undercoat dense and close lying. The coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe over with a piece of toweling or chamois for a gleaming finish. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. The Mastiff is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

Beware of hip dysplasia; it is prone to bloat, feed two or three small meals a day, instead of one large one. It is also prone to CHD, gastric torsion, ectropion, PPM, vaginal hyperplasia, elbow dysplasia and PRA. Occasionally seen is cardiomyopathy. To minimize the risk of your Mastiff developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable English Mastiff breeder.

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