English Mastiffs morgan ray

Female: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm), Male: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm)

Female: 120–170 lbs (54–77 kg), Male: 160–230 lbs (73–100 kg)

The Old English Mastiff is a massive dog. The Mastiff has a large, heavy, square head with a well-marked stop between the eyes. The muzzle should be half the length of the skull. The medium-sized brown to dark hazel eyes are set wide apart with a black mask around them. The nose is dark in color. The small, V-shaped ears are in proportion with the skull and are dark in color. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite but a slightly undershot bite is also acceptable in the show ring providing the teeth do not show when the mouth is closed. The tail is high-set with a wide base, tapering to a point and reaching the hocks. Coat colors include golden fawn, light fawn, apricot, silver, tiger or brindle.

Couch potatoes may find a kindred spirit in the mastiff, but both the dog and his people will be fitter and happier if they get regular exercise.

Beware of hip dysplasia. As these dogs are prone to bloat, feed two or three small meals a day, instead of one large one. Also prone to CHD, gastric torsion, ectropion, PPM, vaginal hyperplasia, elbow dysplasia and PRA. Occasionally seen is cardiomyopathy.

The Mastiff will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do.

Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy but they will keep fitter and happier if given regular exercise. Like all dogs, the American Mastiff should be taken on daily regular walks to help release its mental and physical energy. It's in a dog’s nature to walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They should always be leashed in public.

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.

They have About 5 to 10 puppies

The English Mastiff was founded in Britain. A very old breed, it was depicted in Egyptian monuments as early as 3000 BC. The breed fought alongside British soldiers in 55 BC. Caesar brought a pack of Mastiffs to Rome where the dogs were put on display as arena gladiators and forced to be in fights with human gladiators, lions, bull baiting, bear baiting and in dog-to-dog combat. They later became popular with the peasants in England where they were used as a bodyguard, protector of wolves and other dangerous predators and as a companion dog. In the eighteenth century the Mastiff was described: "As a lion is to a cat, so is a mastiff compared to a dog." It is believed that a Mastiff came to America on the Mayflower. Later more were imported. Like most breeds by the end of World War ll, the breed was almost extinct in England. Dogs were imported from the USA and Canada and are once again well established in England. Some of the Mastiff's talents include: watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, and weight pulling.

The grandfather of modern mastiffs was the molossus, a now extinct war dog common in the ancient Greco-Roman world. There is no consensus regarding the breed's exact appearance, but it is generally thought to have looked like the "Jennings Dog", a Roman sculpture showing a dog with a docked tail. There's no record, but it's likely that the Romans first introduced mastiff-type dogs to England. Today, "molosser" is an umbrella term for mastiff-type dogs

Mastiff guardians should consider buying bibs for their dogs and earplugs for themselves when they buy dog supplies. The mastiff is a well-known drooler and tends to snore loudly

As is true with other large-breed dogs, mastiffs generally do not live as long as smaller dogs do. The average lifespan is 8 to 10 years.

He also needs companionship -- lots of it every day. To ensure a stable, confident temperament, Old English Mastiffs need earlier and more frequent socialization than many other breeds, and it should continue throughout his life.

Most Old English Mastiffs are polite with everyone, but there is timidity and extreme shyness in some lines, and aggression in others. Watchfulness should be discouraged, as it is best for all concerned if the Mastiff intimidates by size alone, rather than by behavior.


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