What You Need to Know About Mastiff Dogs

  • 22/11/2010

Mastiff dogs, which are often used as guard dogs nowadays, have been popular around the world for many years. A lot of years ago, around 864 to 600 BC, mastiff dogs were used as hunting dogs and they were capable of taking on large prey. They were considered an aggressive dog breed back then and were not kept as household animals. They were protective but difficult to tame. These days, we have gained insights into the world and health of our dogs and we can bond with them and understand them much better.

You will find that mastiff dogs are loving, compassionate and loyal creatures. They are fine with other animals and with kids if they are exposed to them as a puppy. It can be hard to get to know a mastiff dog but, when you do, they are friendly animals. Males are more resistant to training than females and will try to get the upper hand over their masters. Females can also be defiant but, as a whole, are easier to train. They are well suited to be a family protector or a house pet.

Mastiff Reproduction

The female normally gives birth to anything between 3 and 8 puppies at once, depending on the breed of mastiff dog in question. Mastiff coloration also varies and the general color will depend on its breed. Mastiffs mainly come in red, brown, mahogany, black, apricot, tiger, tawny and brindle. Their coat needs brushing twice a week and is thick and short.

Mastiff Feeding

Mastiff dogs need to be fed 2 or 3 times a day. They are large dogs so they require large meals. The average female mastiff dog weights 120 lbs and the average male weighs 140 lbs. They need constant access to drinking water and they also drool after drinking or getting excited.

Mastiff Health

It can be very rewarding owning a mastiff dog but they only live for 10 to 12 years. Some breeds often don't make it to 10 years. Mastiff dogs are susceptible to a variety of health issues which include gastric torsion, hip displacement, allergies, obesity, ORA and OCD. There are many other health problems they are at risk from too.

Mastiff Behavior

It can be very rewarding to own this breed of dog. Mastiff behavior varies but they are not normally aggressive unless their property or home is threatened or in danger. Mastiff breeds vary in aggression. They like to stay around the home, in their comfort zone, and don't mind not leaving it. Mastiff dogs are usually very good with kids and make good household pets. They can be stricter with other pets but this means they are competing for your attention. It isn't a good idea to leave your mastiff alone in the house because they pine if their master goes away.

Something you should be aware of is that you must never hit mastiff dogs you own. They can turn on someone who strikes them. With mastiffs ranging from 120 to 200 lbs, this is a mistake you should definitely avoid!

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