The Spanish Mastiff, also known as the Mastin Espanol, is a large breed of dog that originates from Spain. This powerful breed was used to guard flocks of sheep in rural areas for centuries, and it remains an important part of Spanish culture today.
The Spanish Mastiff is one of the largest breeds out there, with males typically weighing around 110-220 pounds and standing at around 28-35 inches tall. Females are slightly smaller but still very substantial in size. They have thick double coats that come in a range of colors including black, brindle, fawn or white markings on their chest and paws. Their eyes are generally smallish dark brown eyes giving them a fierce look.
This breed is known for its loyalty and protectiveness towards its owners and loved ones which makes it great protection dogs however they should be properly trained so they can differentiate between real danger versus false alarms so that they don’t exhibit unnecessary aggression to strangers who pose no threat.. Due to their herding background these dogs might want to herd smaller animals such as children if not supervised well enough.
Due to their size Spanish mastiffs may be prone toward hip dysplasia which is an inherited health problem where joints donâ€™t develop correctly causing movement issues which leads over time into arthritis or other skeletal deformations . Additionally some lines may face more susceptibility against GDV (gastric dilation volvulus), epilepsy & skin infections/irritations due to folds present on body specially under necks.
Spanish mastiffs require moderate exercise daily like walk/jog twice per day with lots playtime/running make sure you give your dog ample amount physical activity according to age & energy levels along with check-ups by vet occasionally throughout life span which lies between 10 -12 years approximately based on healthy lifestyle habits adopted by owner
Special Grooming Needs:
As for grooming these dogs are not heavy shedders, and itâ€™s easy to maintain their coats by brushing them once per week. When shedding season is on its high you need to be vigilant in this aspect. Some lines can require extra attention toward their coat care if the breed falls into double-coated ones.
Due to the Spanish mastiff’s protective nature itâ€™s important that they receive proper obedience training from an early age so that they know how to behave around strangers & other animals while being able to get trained on house-breaking, potty-training or problem behavior correction as well of course also advanced dog sports like agility with positive reinforcement techniques via toys/treats
Compatibility with Children/Pets:
Spanish Mastiffs may have a tendency of herding towards children making supervision necessary specially when small kids playing or running around along larger pets . Correctly socializing these gentle giants when young however makes them great companions for families who appreciate guardian behaviour.
Some common personality quirks which the breed could exhibit include loud barking because of its background as a sheepdog, stubbornness due to loyalty traits alongside potential “happy growling” habit seen during playtime snuggles. At large however , overall these breeds will adapt easily according their surroundings without much trouble.
Unfortunately there aren’t any famous dogs of this particular breed known currently in popular culture yet but in Spain this impressive loyal protector is considered National treasure!