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Mastiff Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mastiff so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Mastiff have? The dog breed also known as...
English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Mastiff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Mastiff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Mastiff breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Mastiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Mastiff price:
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Mastiff, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mastiff for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mastiff gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Mastiff size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Mastiff weigh? Mastiff weight:
Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Mastiff? Mastiff average weight:
Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mastiff? Mastiff height:
Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mastiff average height:
Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Mastiff have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mastiff's coat?
ApricotFawnBrindle
Grooming
How to groom the Mastiff and how often?
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Mastiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Mastiff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Mastiff? Mastiff shedding level:
Mastiffs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mastiff have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateCheerfulIntelligentProtectiveAlertCourageousLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mastiff? Are they intelligent?
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Mastiff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mastiffs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mastiff sensitivity:
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Mastiff need? Mastiff social needs:
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Mastiff dogs bark a lot? Why does my Old English Mastiff bark?
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mastiff good as a watchdog?
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Mastiff dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Mastiff dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Mastiff can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Mastiff will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Mastiff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Mastiff? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mastiff? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mastiff do?
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mastiffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mastiff to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Mastiff roam?
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mastiff have high prey drive?
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mastiff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Mastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Mastiff dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Mastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mastiff and children:
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mastiff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Mastiff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mastiff dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Mastiffs good office dogs? Do Mastiffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Mastiffs be ofiice dogs?
No
Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mastiff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Mastiff temperament with senior people? Are Mastiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mastiff dogs get along with other pets? Are Mastiff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mastiffs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Mastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mastiff be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Mastiff is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mastiff be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Mastiff is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mastiff be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Mastiff is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mastiff be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Mastiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mastiff be a boat dog?
Not really
Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mastiff be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Mastiff breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Mastiff dogs have health problems?
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Mastiff breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Mastiff breed? Health risks of Mastiff:
BloatCancerCystinuriaHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Seizures
Life Expectancy
How long do Mastiff dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mastiff be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mastiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mastiff have?
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Mastiff dogs require per day?
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Mastiff need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mastiff risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Mastiff's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mastiff's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Mastiff drool?
The Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Mastiff. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Mastiff puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Mastiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Mastiff have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mastiff have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Mastiff

Pros
  • Health Issues: Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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