Jewels playing in the snow.
As the owner of a Mastiff, you have to be ready to show a lot of care and adoration for your Mastiff. This is because the Mastiff is a loyal and loving dog that just loves being around you. In fact, it is so devoted and attached to you that it will want to accompany you on rides in your car to the beach, park and even to work.
You should ensure that your Mastiff gets its daily routine of exercise by walking it and playing with it. Keep your yard fenced, and spend some time everyday with your Mastiff out on the yard. Make sure you teach your Mastiff some obedience tricks like ‘come’, ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘down’, so that you can maintain your control over it wherever you go. Otherwise, when you go walking down the street with your Mastiff on a leash, you may end up being dragged down the street by its sheer strength.
Be ready for big, wet and slobbery kisses from your Mastiff dog as this is one thing the dog loves doing to its owner. It has a habit of sneaking up on you, even when you are deep in sleep, and don’t be surprised to find your Mastiff snuggling up to you as Mastiffs are known to do that. A Mastiff also loves touching human beings and it likes to lay its head on your lap or perhaps it would paw you to say ‘Hi!’ too!
As the Mastiff grows, you will find that it tends to sleep less and is awake more often. And since it is more awake, it will be around you more. And in case it does not see you, the Mastiff has a tendency to cry too. Though all puppies tend to cry on the first few days, Mastiffs are different as they cry even when they are adults. They are very sensitive dogs and they express their emotions very openly.
To own a Mastiff, you have to have a house that is large enough for the 150 lb to 230 lb Mastiff. If you own a small house and intend to leave the Mastiff outside chained to a doghouse, you should drop the idea as this will lead to the development of behavioral problems. As Mastiffs tend to slobber after eating and drinking, keep slobber rags handy in strategic locations to wipe away the mess.
If you are a light sleeper or one who needs silence to sleep, it is better that you think twice before getting a Mastiff. This is because the Mastiff snores so badly that you think a train is going through the house! It is quite evident that owning a Mastiff can be a very challenging job, so buy a Mastiff only if you are sure you can adjust your lifestyle to meet the lifestyle of the Mastiff.
The origins of the Mastiff can be traced back to thousands of years BC. Later on, they were used in battles and fighting competitions against gladiators, bears and lions. With the passing of time, they became recognized as loyal companions to humans and they were trained and used as guard dogs for estates and households.Here are some interesting facts about Mastiffs:
The Mastiff was portrayed in Egyptian paintings that date back to 3000BC, and the earliest mention of a Mastiff in literature was in 1121BC.
The biggest Mastiff so far on record was an old English Mastiff called Zorba. It weighed 343 pounds and measured 8 feet 3 inches from nose to tail.
Zorba is also the heaviest dog ever recorded.
The first litter of the new breed of Pyrenean Mastiffs was brought into Australia by the Victorian dog breeder, Anne Briglia.Mastiffs were originally bred as war dogs. They were used by the British army when they fought the Roman legions in 55BC. They were so fearsome and courageous that Caesar mentioned them in his account of the battle.
The beautiful red Mastiff shown on Turner and Hooch is a Bordeaux. This Bordeaux is basically a French form of the Mastiff and it is recognized as a better guard dog than the English Mastiff.
Some of the famous Mastiff owners include Hannibal, Kublai Khan, King Henry VII, Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, Bob Dylan, Kristy Alley and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In the year 2005, a 2 year-old Neapolitan Mastiff called Tia gave birth to the largest litter of dogs. She delivered 24 puppies through caesarean, of which 20 survived. This feat also sets the record for the most surviving Mastiff puppies.
The reason the Mastiff snores is because it has a long soft palate, which is an inherited trait.
Mastiffs are never white in color. If you see a white Mastiff for sale, it is certainly not a Mastiff.
5 Most Laid-back Dog Breeds
By vetstreet.com | Pets – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 9:28 AM EST
By Kristen Seymour
Do you prefer an evening in, snuggling on the couch and watching Turner and Hooch for the 60th time, to going out for a big night of dancing? Does your exercise come in the form of a nice, relaxing stroll? When it comes to canine companions, does just the idea of a dog who needs someone to run and play with him for hours on end exhaust you? If so, one of these five dog breeds might be your new best friend.
We asked 122 veterinary professionals for their opinions on which dog breeds they considered the most laid-back, and their five top choices are listed below. One important thing to keep in mind with all these dogs (and any others, for that matter): “Laid-back” does not equal “needs no stimulation.” All dogs need at least some level of exercise (mental and physical), not to mention some human interaction, and these breeds are no exception.
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Basset HoundNo. 5: Basset Hound
The good-natured Basset Hound is happy to cuddle on the couch with you, but he’s also a fan of long (but leisurely!) walks. But he’s one of the most talented dozers out there; after that long walk, don’t be surprised if he falls into a sleep so deep nothing but the smell of food will wake him for a few hours.
No. 4: Newfoundland
The Newfoundland is a member of the Working group and has a long history of serving on fishing boats in his native land, but this pup is perfectly happy spending his time chilling out indoors with his family. He’s no couch potato, though – he’s always up for a little activity. Maybe just not all the time like that other dog with a Canadian name.
BloodhoundNo. 3: Bloodhound
Sweet and lovable – but with a reputation for stubbornness – the Bloodhound might have the most recognizable bay in all of dogdom. This hound is a solid worker whose tracking abilities are nothing short of legendary. While he might display a laid-back attitude, don’t confuse that with laziness. He’s happy as long as he’s with his people and occupied, but if left to his own devices, he can easily become bored – and a bored Bloodhound is often a destructive one.
No. 2: Great Dane
The Great Dane is a loyal companion who loves nothing more than sharing the couch with you. That being said, his large size means that “sharing the couch” could equate to him sprawling out on the sofa while you perch on an armrest. As long as he gets a short walk each day, he’s generally calm enough for spaces you might consider too small for a dog of his magnitude. So, apartment dwellers, don’t be intimidated.
MastiffNo. 1: Mastiff
Another gentle giant, the Mastiff can weigh 200 or more pounds, but he’s a loving dog with a loyal and protective disposition. He’s powerful and somewhat stubborn but tends to be a sweet and quiet member of the household – although his flatulence has been known to clear a room in less than five seconds flat.
The Mastiff is a powerful yet gentle and loyal companion, but because of his size and need for space, he is best suited for country or suburban life. The breed requires light exercise and minimal grooming.
If you are considering purchasing a Mastiff puppy
- Working Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
- Minimum height of 30 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 27 ½ inches tall for females.
- Guard dog.