History & Overview
The Mastiff is sometimes referred to as the Old English Mastiff. Its primary function has always been that of a powerful guard dog. The popular image of the Mastiff is of a huge, aggressive, lion-like dog, immensely strong and violent, but by nature, Mastiffs are kind, gentle, noble, and protective breed.
In addition to its primary role of aggressively guarding property, he was employed in wolf-hunting, dog-fighting, bear-baiting and bull-baiting. When these rude and ugly entertainments were banned in the 19th century, the Mastiff numbers dramatically decreased, and by the end of World War II, the breed was nearly extinct.
Mastiffs are great with children and make outstanding protection dogs. With an owner committed to giving it daily exercise, this member of Molossian breed group can adapt quite well to living in a condominium, but a house with a yard is an ideal choice for this giant breed which weighs 120 – 230 pounds.
Mastiff’s short coat is easy to keep as it requires only a weekly brushing, but it does shed. Mastiffs are not very demanding, but they have a strong desire to be with their family. They do well around other pets as long as they have been raised with them and know that they are part of the family.