Mastiff

KC Pedigree, X-Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

Caesar was impressed with the native Mastiffs of England when he conquered in 55BC. Throughout history, Mastiffs have been guards, war dogs, bull and bear baiters, dog fighters, gamekeepers' dogs and wolf hunters, but since the second world war, the entire breed has been brought back from near extinction thanks to just 14 dogs.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Strong owners with good upper body strength. Trying to hold one of these dogs on a lead when it wants to head somewhere is not for the weak! Early training and socialisation is absolutely essential.

Not the best for ...

Slobber-phobes! Mastiffs drool. If you don't wipe it away before a headshake, you'll be cleaning it off your walls, furniture, curtains, self...

Aliases

Old English Mastiff, English Mastiff

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

X-Large
So big people will take photos

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Smooth
Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

7 years

Good first dog?

No

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