The huge mastiff is heavy-boned using a strong musculature, being slightly longer than tall. It combines great strength with endurance. Its strength and power are evident in its own gait, which ought to have great reach and drive. Its double coat is made up of dense undercoat and a straight, rough, outer coating of reasonably brief span. Its expression is attentive but kindly. The general impression should be one of dignity and grandeur.
The mastiff is innately good-natured, serene, easygoing and surprisingly tender. It’s a well-mannered house puppy, but it requires enough space to stretch out. This is a very loyal breed, although not too demonstrative, it’s dedicated to its loved ones and good with kids.
|• Major concerns: CHD, gastric torsion
• Minor concerns: ectropion, PPM, vaginal hyperplasia, elbow dysplasia, PRA
• Occasionally seen: cardiomyopathy
• Suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye
• Life span: 8 &150; 10 years
• Note: Obesity can be a problem.
|The mastiff is that the prototypical strain of this early mastiff group of puppies. The confusion between the mastiff breed along with the mastiff family makes it quite hard to follow the history of this strain. Though the mastiff household is among the earliest and most powerful, the strain is definitely one of newer, though still historical, source. From the time of Caesar, mastiffs were used as war dogs and gladiators. In ancient times, they have been used as guard dogs and hunting dogs also became so prevalent as to eventually become commonplace. Mastiffs afterwards stepped into the stadium of dog fighting, bull-baiting and bearbaiting. When these harsh sports were banned in England in 1835, they continued to be popular occasions. The contemporary mastiff contrasts not just from those pit dogs but also from more imperial lines, being part of a few of the most well-known mastiffs of all the time: the mastiff of Sir Peers Legh. When Legh was injured in the battle of Agincourt, his mastiff stood over him and shielded him for several hours throughout the battle. Even though Legh later expired, the mastiff returned to his residence and was the basis of the Lyme Hall mastiffs. Five centuries after the Lyme Hall mastiffs figured prominently in founding the modern strain. Some evidence is that the mastiff came to America about the Mayflower, but the breed’s documented entrance to America didn’t happen until the late 1800s. The strain was almost decimated in England by World War II, but adequate numbers were brought to America at the time to maintain the breed going. Since that moment, it’s slowly grown in popularity.|