Mastiff: A Loyal and Protective Giant
Originating from England, the Mastiff is a breed that has been around since ancient times. It was commonly used as a guard dog in castles and homes of wealthy families. The breed’s name comes from the Latin word “mansuetus,” which means tame or domesticated. In addition to their guarding abilities, Mastiffs were also used for hunting big game animals such as bears.
The physical appearance of a Mastiff is impressive with a large head and muscular build weighing anywhere between 120 to 230 pounds depending on gender. They can stand up to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and have short hair coats that are fawn, brindle or apricot-colored. Their eyes are dark brown with expressive wrinkles on their forehead adding character to their unique look.
There are various types of mastiffs including English, Bullmastiff, French but they all share some common traits – loyalty towards family members, protectiveness towards children and home, low energy levels indoors making them ideal for apartments.
In terms of temperament, this breed is gentle giants who will fiercely protect their loved ones if needed be- always looking out for danger even though it may not exist! Their hunting instincts aren’t very prominent; however itâ€™s important to note early socialization when introducing them to other pets including cats because your pet cat might not like company!
Like any purebred dog breeds there are health issues associated with Mastiffs including hip dysplasia arthritis among others â€“ although genetic testing before breeding cuts down this risk significantly.
Keeping these dogs healthy require regular exercise routine (good news they don’t need excessive exercising) accompanied by training at home helps keep both mind body sharp preventing obesity related problems while helping maintain an active lifestyle without causing stress injury joint problems due excess weight
Grooming needs include weekly brushings with occasional bathing trimming nails monthly oral hygiene keeping clean ears free wax buildup maintaining coat in top shape preventing bacterial infection
Training Mastiffs requires positive reinforcement techniques with rewards from small treats as well consistent praise making them great students especially if raised from a young age and need house breaking basics in their youth phase. This breed can be stubborn but treats as reward always does the trick!
Mastiffs are gentle giants who love to protect their owners, making them ideal family pets. They have unique personalities that come with quirks such as snoring loudly or drooling excessively. With proper training and socialization, they make excellent companions for children and other household pets alike.
Some famous examples of this regal breed include Zorba â€“ said to be one of the largest dogs ever known weighing over 343lbs- appeared on “That’s Incredible!” Show & film â€Turner & Hoochâ€™ starring Tom Hanks featured a French Mastiff named Beasley highlighting these dogs’ status among Hollywood royalty too!
In conclusion, Mastiffs are loyal, protective, lovable breeds best kept by experienced dog owners willing to go extra mile caring for these large sized wonders!