New puppy pictures. Remember, these are not my puppies, I just own the sire. Call or text Larissa at 509-845-7453 if you are interested in getting a Thunder puppy.
Thunder helping sort heifers, as you can see he was very helpful.
In a short couple of weeks we will have a new litter of puppies, not is the time to ask yourself, is a mastiff the right breed for me?
You’re interested in a Mastiff. Owning a Mastiff can be the beginning of a wonderful relationship with years of happiness or it can be the beginning of overwhelming responsibility for which you may not be prepared. Mastiffs are loving, slobbery, gentle giants. They are the largest of the dog breeds and can range in size from 26 inches to 36 inches at the shoulder. They weigh anywhere from 120 pounds to 225+ pounds. Once they are over their major growing stage, they will eat between 6-8 cups of high quality food per day. They are very sensitive dogs and the sternest of voices is all you need for discipline.
There are several questions you must ask yourself to determine if you are ready to become a Mastiff owner. Answer honestly to insure yourself, your family, and your Mastiff the future you all deserve.
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!
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.
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.
Can I Really Afford To Keep a Mastiff?
An adult male Mastiff can go through 40-70 pounds of dry dog food a month. That’s a rough estimate of $35 to $70 a month in food alone.
A Mastiff due to its size will cost you more money at the Vet’s office also. Remember the antibiotic for Aunt Mary’s toy poodle only cost her $10.00 but since most dosages are based on weight, a week’s supply of antibiotics for your Mastiff can cost upwards of $50 to $100. Heartworm medicine costs more, shots can sometimes be more costly, etc. You can expect to spend approximately, (depending on the age and medical conditions of your Mastiff) $200 to $500 per year at the Vet’s office.
Do I Have Time To Spend Training, Exercising, And Grooming a Mastiff?
A Mastiff needs obedience training. It is imperative that obedience training be done. After all do you want to be pulled down the street legs streaming behind you when your 185 lb. male wants to chase that squirrel? The obedience training must be the positive reinforcement type. Mastiffs respond well to love, praise, and especially treats. The training should not be negatively based nor should it be the type where the dog is jerked around using different types of collars. Who is capable of jerking a large dog around anyway, at least not without some major muscle strain?
Exercising a Mastiff is not as difficult as exercising one of the various sporting breeds who seem to have endless energy. A Mastiff is happy to go on 2 walks a day of about 20 – 30 minutes. Some love to hike, swim, but jogging companions they are not! They will not jog and should not be asked to as it can be very difficult on their joints. About a mile or so walk twice a day is enough unless it’s an older Mastiff, then play it by ear. Their exercise can be walks with you around the neighborhood, hikes in the forest, swims in the local lake, or chasing a soccerball. Remember Mastiffs are like some of us… a couch is their idea of the perfect place to spend a day but exercise is important to keep them fit and help them live longer.
Grooming a Mastiff is very easy. One to two times per week with a shedding blade or comb is sufficient. Cutting nails is important and should be done regularly. It should be started early in life as wrestling with a large dog is very interesting! Teeth cleaning should also be done regularly.
No matter what; a Mastiff wants to be with you. They thrive on being house dogs sharing your life. They will follow you from room to room as you do your work. As you do things, they will follow and hope that you will spend more than a moment in each room. After all it takes a lot of effort to keep getting up after they’ve been lying down! They are devoted to their owners and want to have contact with them frequently. Some want to touch you all the time to reassure themselves that you are still there.
Will a Mastiff Fit Into My Lifestyle And My Home?
Mastiffs want to be with you. They love their masters and are very devoted to them. Do you own a big car or van so your Mastiff can go for rides with you to the park, beach, post office, etc?
As stated earlier, the Mastiff is a house dog. A small house is suitable as long as the Mastiff goes for walks and plays outside. The yard should be fenced and the Mastiff obedience trained through the basics: come, sit, stay, down, and he should walk on leash without dragging you down the street.
You must like big wet slobbery kisses as they love to give them. They love to sneak on the bed when you are deep in sleep. Snuggling is a favorite pastime as well as touching some part of their human, whether it be to sit on their feet, a head on the lap, or a paw to say Hi!
Owning a Mastiff is a major responsibility but they will reward you a million times over with their love. They are not the breed for everyone however, due to their size and their need to be a major part of your family.
Retrieved from http://www.mastiff.org/ISAMASTIFFRIGHTFORME.htm
The Mastiff descends from one of the most ancient types of dogs, the molosser, which probably originated in the mountains of Asia, perhaps in Tibet or northern India. It would most likely have been used to guard flocks from predators in those cold, high passes.
These molossers were solidly built with heavy bones, a short muzzle, a short, well-muscled neck, and hanging ears. Their ancestry can be seen not only in the Mastiff but also in the Tibetan Mastiff, Saint Bernard, Rottweiler, Dogue de Bordeaux, and many other modern breeds.
Depictions of Mastiff-type dogs appear in the human record throughout the ages, in Egyptian, Babylonian and classical Greek civilizations. Archaeologists excavating the palace of the Babylonian ruler Ashurbanipal uncovered bas-reliefs dating to the seventh century BCE — more than 2,500 years ago — of a Mastiff-type dog fighting lions.
For millennia, Mastiff-type dogs served as guards, war dogs, and entertainment, being pitted against lions and other fierce animals. The dogs made their way throughout the known world, arriving with armies or transported by traders.
Wherever they went, they were prized for their size and courage. Kublai Khan is said to have had a kennel with 5,000 Mastiffs used for hunting and war. When Hannibal crossed the Alps, he did so with trained war mastiffs. During their trek, the war dogs crossbred with local dogs, and their offspring became the foundation for the Saint Bernard, the Rottweiler, and other breeds. Even the Pug — described as a Mastiff in miniature — can lay claim to molosser heritage.
In England, where the modern Mastiff was developed, the huge dogs guarded estates, patrolling the grounds at night. Lyme Hall was famous for its strain of Mastiffs, which were bred from the 15th century through the early 20th century, and played a role in saving the breed from extinction.
The breed almost came to an end after 1835, when the brutal sports of bear-baiting, bull-baiting, and dog-fighting were outlawed. But the rise of dog shows in the mid-19th century helped bring about the Mastiff’s revival. They almost died out again during World Wars I and II because food shortages made it impossible to feed them, but a pair of Mastiff puppies imported from Canada after World War II helped bring them back from the brink.
Mastiffs probably came to the United States in colonial times, but it wasn’t until 1879 that the first Mastiff club was formed in this country. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885, and a Mastiff named Bayard was the first of his breed to be registered with the AKC. The current Mastiff Club of America was formed in 1929 and still watches over the breed today, almost 80 years later.
Today, the Mastiff’s gentle nature and massive size makes him a much-loved companion throughout the world. He ranks 32nd among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Dog Time (2012) Mastiffs Retrieved from http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/mastiff
- Dog Breed Group
- Working Dogs
- General: 2 feet, 3 inches to 2 feet, 8 inches tall at the shoulder
- General: 130 to 220 pounds
- Life Span
- 6 to 10 years
The Mastiff is one of the most ancient types of dog breeds. His ancestor, the molossus, was known 5,000 years ago. Then, he was a ferocious war dog, very different from the benevolent behemoth that he is today. He makes a fine companion for anyone who can accommodate his great size and doesn’t mind a little drool slung here and there.
Dog Time (2012) Mastiffs Retrieved from http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/mastiff
Q: I’m gone during the day; most of the time, my dog uses a dog door to go to the bathroom outside on her own, but she still has the occasional indoor accident. I don’t know why this is happening or how to handle it — but I feel like she’s getting away with bad behavior if I don’t punish her. What should I do?
A: When a previously house-trained adult dog starts having accidents in the home, I always recommend visiting the veterinarian for a checkup before starting any new training. There may be a medical component to the accidents, such as a urinary tract infection or the onset of canine cognitive dysfunction. Once your vet has eliminated these and any other medical issues, you can begin addressing the cause of the potty accidents and working on solutions.
However, punishing your dog for her accidents is never a viable solution. Rather than learning that going inside the house is wrong, your dog will learn that people are unsafe and unpredictable. This can make your dog afraid to go potty in front of you, even outside, and can make indoor accidents more frequent. Instead of punishing your dog by rubbing her nose in the mess she has made (or using any other form of punishment), address the behavior by managing her environment and training better behavior.
Accidents and Anxiety
Dogs with separation anxiety can display various signs, including accidents within the home. If your veterinarian has diagnosed separation anxiety as the reason for your dog’s potty regression, he can work with you to help control the problem or refer you to a veterinary behaviorist to help address the issue. Dealing with your dog’s anxiety will result in a more stable emotional state — which should lead to fewer (or no) accidents.
Your dog may also be anxious about conditions outside. For a dog with noise phobias, the sound of distant thunderstorms, fireworks, construction or traffic can be nerve-racking. While your dog may normally potty outside even when you’re gone, on days when the frightening noise is audible, she may hunker down indoors and refuse to leave the house; this can lead to an accident in the house. If the outdoor noise is temporary — a construction project, for example — consider taking your dog somewhere else, like doggy day care, during the time you are away from home. If the noise is consistent — traffic sounds from a nearby road — soothe your canine by creating a relaxing environment inside the house. Pair calming music, like Through a Dog’s Ear, with a food puzzle to help keep her occupied while you’re gone.
How to Stop the Accidents
Your dog may be pottying inside because she can smell past accidents, which can lead her to think that this is the right place to do her business. For this reason, enzymatic cleaners, which eliminate smells, are essential for dealing with messes. To help avoid new messes, keep her off carpeted areas — she may be less likely to go on a hard surface, and it will be easier for you to clean up if she does.
Becker, M. (2013) Avoid Accidents: How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House. Retrieved from http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/avoid-accidents-how-to-stop-your-dog-from-peeing-in-the-house