Naming the “largest dog breed” is inexact, because it depends on what parameters we used to define size. The Great Dane and the Irish wolfhound are taller than the mastiff, but in terms of sheer mass, mastiffs take the cake. Its imposing size is this breed’s most defining trait. Mastiffs are broad, heavy dogs with enormous heads. An average adult mastiff weighs as much as an adult human, between 140-200 pounds.


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The name “mastiff” can be confusing, because there are several dog breeds with that word in their names, e.g. the Neopolitan mastiff and the Tibetan mastiff. Officially, these breeds are known as “mastiff-type dogs.” When kennel clubs use the name “mastiff” without qualification, it’s usually safe to assume they’re referring to the breed also called the English mastiff or the Old English mastiff.

Nova at 7 months

Nova at 7 months


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Life with a Mastiff

2012 Puppies

2012 Puppies

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.

Fawn Girl on June 3rd

Fawn Girl on June 3rd

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.


Mastiff: Weird Facts Did You Know?

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:

July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014

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.

Do I Really Want a Mastiff? Why Do I Want a Mastiff?

Mastiffs are wonderful companions. They are not dogs to be left outside chained to a doghouse or to be left alone in a fenced yard. They desperately need lots of human companionship to be properly socialized, trained, and “owned”. If your house is too small for a 150-230 lb. dog, then a Mastiff is not the dog for you. We have found that behavioral problems occur when a Mastiff is not a member of the family but is relegated to the backyard with only occasional human contact.

Mastiffs slobber, some more than others, but all do after they eat or drink. Are you prepared to wash your walls, ceilings, etc. after the slobber flies when they shake their heads? Slobber rags must always be handy in strategic locations all over the house. They always seem to drink when you are ready to walk out the door for work.

Thunder 2013

Thunder 2013

Mastiffs will snore and sometimes you think a train is going through the house. Are you a light sleeper or one that needs constant quiet to sleep? If so, consider another breed. They will want to keep you warm at night on the bed of course. If not on the bed, then they will want to sleep in the same room. They can be amazingly agile at 2:00 am!

Mastiffs are NOT guard dogs. They will protect their family more along the lines of a watch dog than guard dog. If your intent is to have a dog that is a guard dog then you must think about another breed. They will often bark and let intruders know they are not accepted. Once you accept the guest, chances are good that they will too. Their mere presence and bark will scare the bravest of burglars.

Leo March 2014

Mastiffs are wonderful dogs with children. They are very gentle and quite tolerant of ear and tail pulls, sitting on their backs (not a good idea), and they adore licking kid’s faces. They will protect their children. Of course, please make sure that you supervise and train your children to respect and treat the dog well. In rescue, we will not place a dog with a family with small children unless the dog has been raised with them in the previous home. The swinging tail of a Mastiff can knock a small child over. If you have very small children who are just learning to walk, you may want to wait until they are older before getting a Mastiff whether it’s a puppy or a rescue dog.

Mastiffs can be territorial dogs. They will protect their yard, house, car and family from people or dogs. They want it to be known that this is their yard. They are dogs that can be very good with other dogs and with cats as long as they have had good experiences with them. If you have an adult male dog already and you are getting a rescue, you might want to consider a female Mastiff and vice a versa. This is not to say that two males cannot get along but males especially have a tendency to want to dominate each other if they have been recently neutered.

Mastiff No. 1 Most Laid back dog breed

5 Most Laid-back Dog Breeds


By | 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.

SEE ALSO: 5 Most Energetic Dog Breeds

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.

Is a Mastiff the right dog for you?

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.
The females on June 27

The females on June 27