The Mastiff is an ancient breed
of dog, having had varied roles throughout history. From dogs of
war, Bear baiting dogs, to guardians of castles and large estates.
The breed hit its lowest point after The Second World War. Food
rationing made it very difficult for people to keep large dogs.
As a consequence numbers had dwindled to the point the breed had
almost died out. The Mastiff's name today is the Old English Mastiff,
as their lineage trace back comes from two surviving English strains.
They were used in England for hunting and guarding, peasants kept
them to ward off wolves and robbers, their size alone is very deterring.
They are a good natured dog normally gentle and docile, they are
a loyal family companion.
Mastiffs raised with love and
care in a family situation make delightful, protective, loyal companions.
In spite their impressive size and fearsome look, by nature, Mastiffs
are the most phlagmatic dogs of the dogdom. They are generally placid
by nature. They are a magnificent, powerful, ancient breed. They
were originally bred as a war dog.
When buying a Mastiff be prepared
for a big responsibility. A Mastiff should look like a Mastiff.
Choose a registered and reputable breeder. A Mastiff puppy needs
lots of love, training, a good, sensible, quality balanced diet
with lots of socialisation with gentle handling.
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm
bristle brush and wipe over with a piece of toweling or chamois
for a gleaming finish. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. This
breed is an average shedder.
regular exercise is needed, they are inclined to be on the lazy
side so exercise with a purpose will motivate them more to do it.
This breed, some may suffer from hip dysplasia, bloat and eye problems.
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