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Group (AKC):


Country of OriginGreat Britain
Type of coatOuter coat short and straight; undercoat dense and close-lying.
GroomingEasy to groom with minimal attention. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe with toweling. Bathe only when necessary.
Average height27 - 30 inches
Average weight175 - 190 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Low, Outdoors - Medium
WatchdogVery High
IntelligenceMedium, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium to Low
Trainability Firm but gentle training is essential to keep him under control. Remember consistency, lots of love, and plenty of understanding. Early human contact should be given to puppies.
Compatibility with childrenYes, usually good tempered and friendly with children.
CharacterLoyal, alert
Ideal home environmentLarge house, large fenced backyard.
Ideal ownerOwners of a Mastiff need to be strong, confident, patient leader who desire a dog with a protective nature.
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Additional notes:

The Mastiff is a large, massive, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. It gives the impression of grandeur and dignity. It has been developed into a guardian and few intruders would venture onto a property guarded by a Mastiff. At the same time, it is a much loved family dog with a gentle side. It tends to keep close to home and is disinclined to roam.

Short History:

Treasured by the Babylonians over 4000 years ago. you can also find them depicted in Egyptian monuments and also mentioned in Persian, Roman, and early English literature. It has been a resident of Britain since the time of Julius Caesar. Today's mastiffs should be more correctly called Old English Mastiffs as they can all trace their lineage to two surviving English strains. Once used as dogs of war, their primary role now is as a guard dog.

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