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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.