ENGLISH MASTIFF

Origin: United Kingdom
Origin birth: Antiquity
Life expectancy: 8 to 10 years
Classification: Group 2 - Molossoides
Height: 70 to 82 cm
Weight: 79 to 120 Kg

History
It is believed that the English Mastiff was introduced in England for over two thousand years. The Mastiff, English Mastiff, derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "masty", which means powerful. As the UK an island, it is thought that the dog will have been introduced by Phoenician merchants who probably were seeking to Asia.

When they came to England, the Romans recruited English Mastiff to assist in battles of conquest for more land. The dog was also introduced in the arenas of the Roman coliseums, where he fought against lions, bears, among other animals.

Over the centuries, the English Mastiff was a watchdog, but also transportation, serving the poor horse. Due to its strength and size, the mastiff was also used in fights between dogs and bulls against, until the eighteenth century, when these activities were prohibited in their country of origin.

The English Mastiff has contributed decisively to the improvement of various breeds, such as the Bullmastiff.

The Second World War was a difficult period for the dogs of Europe, and especially the English Mastiff, which requires plenty of food. The Breed was even close to extinction in Europe and had to import dogs previously exported to the United States of America, to revive the European line.

Today, the English Mastiff is valued by your company and besides being a good watchdog is also successful as a police dog, military and search and rescue.

Being one of the largest dogs in the world, weight and height, requiring plenty of space and plenty of food, is becoming less sought after by dog lovers.
The English Mastiff is a calm dog, friendly with the owners, but suspicious of strangers. So it is an excellent watchdog.

Confident and patient, the English Mastiff is the owner of great courage. Parco in barking, not a good alert dog, but its powerful appearance only removes the unwanted with her eyes. Outsiders must be received by the owner to be able to go through this dog. Its strategy of homeland defense is an intimidating look followed by a sharp bark. In the latter case can attack.

The English Mastiff likes company, but not a dog for an inexperienced owner. Need a good socialization and consistent training based on positive reinforcement. He gets along with other dogs that have grown since he was young.

The English Mastiff is an intelligent dog, but also stubborn, able to make the training tough.

Do not expect the English Mastiff is a ceremonial animal, this dog tends to drool and snore loudly, which usually makes up for with loyalty and dedication.

Fairly quiet inside, the English Mastiff can live comfortably in an apartment, provided it is sufficiently exercised. Ideally have a small yard to practice their favorite activity: relaxing. But do not be fooled by the apparent calm. These gentle giants need exercise and daily walks are perfect for them to spend energy and maintain mental balance.


General Appearance
The English Mastiff is a massive dog that can weigh hundreds of kilograms, with no weight limit or height in the standard, since the proportions are maintained.

The English Mastiff is a massive and powerful dog, with a large head of wrinkled skin. The stop is clearly visible as well as the wide nostrils at the tip of the nose. Not everything in the English Mastiff is large: the eyes and ears should be small. Brown eyes are most appreciated in dark tones. The ears have a high insertion, hanging close to cheeks.

With a symmetrical appearance, the limbs are quite separate. The chest is wide and deep.

The tail has a high insertion, tapering to the tip. At home, fallen and remains upright and can bend at the tip.

The coat is short and can be of various colors: silver fawn, one sort of light brown, apricot fawn, near the orange and brown, dark fawn and brindle, brown mixed with black. The English Mastiff should have ears and a black mask, regardless of color.

Health and Hygiene
The English Mastiff has an average life expectancy is relatively low and prone to some health problems. Being a large sized dog, hip dysplasia is a concern. A Twisted Stomach is also recurrent nest the Breed and why dogs should be fed two or three times a day, instead of being afforded a lot everyday.

The English Mastiff is a tendency to fatten. The owner should monitor the weight of the dog, making sure they do not let it become obese.

It takes special care with the hot days, since the English Mastiff does not get along with high temperatures. Her incredible body weight gives you all the protection it needs cold weather, but should be placed indoors or in shade in the hottest days.

The English Mastiff has short hair and does not require much maintenance at the level of the hair. Regular brushing to remove dirt is sufficient. The English Mastiff often renews the coat and wide enough so fur.

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