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The Mastiff Dog Breed Profile

Jun 27, 2008
The mastiff dog breed originated in England from the sheepdog family. This massive beast has the potential to be a great indoor pet. The mastiff dog breed gets its name from the word massive, and the word mastiff in some languages translates into mountain-like. In Germany it just simply means dog.

In some cases having a 200 pound dog in your home may take some getting used to, because mastiff pups are very clumsy until they mature enough to where they can learn to control their size. This gentle giant is known to be very mild tempered and not easily angered, although who would really want to provoke this huge dog?

The mastiff is known to be a very casual and calm breed. This dog will in most cases not attack anyone breaking into your home, but the fear factor alone makes this dog appear to be a threat to intruders. The Mastiff Dog Breed drools a lot and is very good with kids, although it may be too big to have around babies due to its size.

This dog type is very intelligent, so simple or complex commands can be taught very easily. These dogs only live to be about 10 years old due to sheer size. The mastiff dog breed has been known to develop CHD (Coronary heart disease). Also, other things such as elbow dysplasia and becoming over weight can become a problem if not treated. It is recommended that you take the dog for daily walks or for a run in the park. Exercise has been proven to keep your dog healthy and strong.

The mastiff dog breed requires little or no effort to keep maintained. Routine nail trimmings, baths, brushing, and dry shampooing will keep your dog looking like the champion that you know he can be. This dog does not react very well to warm weather, so it is not recommended to have these dogs outside before the temperature cools down.

The mastiff comes in many different breeds listing from English mastiff, British mastiff (bull mastiff), Victorian Bulldog, Fila Brasileiro, American Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, and many more. Although each breed has its own distinct markings, sizes, and shapes, the temperament is generally the same throughout the history of the blood line. Mastiffs are very family oriented dogs, and are known to be playful as pups, gassy (flatulent) as adults, and most breeds have been known to snore loudly.

If you plan to purchase a mastiff anytime in the near future, remember to check if your home owners insurance will cover the breed. Due to their size, perception to the public, and owner negligence, this dog has been given bad reputations. Some areas of the world will not insure a home with a mastiff breed. If you have a mastiff be sure to go through the proper training with your dog. While they do make great pets, an untrained mastiff can be a very stubborn and controlling dog at times, if authority is not established early.
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