Originally bred to hunt the wolf,
the Mastiff was also used to fight lion and bear in various blood sports.
Once used as fighting dogs and dogs of war, today the Mastiff is primarily
a guardian and family pet.
A massive dog, the
Mastiff stands 30 inches at the shoulder and is the picture of dignity and
strength. Grooming is minimal as the coat is short and dense. The
Mastiff's coat comes in all shades of apricot, silver fawn, or dark
fawn-brindle. His muzzle, nose, and ears are black.
Mastiff is a compact and powerful dog. His fearsome appearance hides a
gentle, loving family dog who prefers to remain around his home rather
than roam. Loyal and alert, he makes a wonderful watch and guard dog as he
is very protective of his family. He needs an owner who is strong,
confident, and patient, and he should be put in obedience training and
socialized early on. He does best with consistent, and firm but gentle
Due to his size, the
Mastiff does best when living in a larger home with a good amount of
fenced property attached. He needs regular exercise to keep his muscles