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Mastiff

General Description

The mastiff is massive, powerful and muscular. The head is heavy and square with a short muzzle and drooping jowls and a black mask around the eyes and nose. The eyes are small and dark hazel or brown in colour. The small ears are dark in colour and flop downward.

General Health

Mastiffs are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Many of these infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will recommend based on the diseases we see in our area, her age, and other factors.

Hereditary Illnesses

Mastiff health problems also include elbow and canine hip dysplasia. Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a condition that begins in dogs as they grow and results in instability or a loose hip joint. Hip dysplasia can eventually lead to severe pain, joint degeneration, and arthritis.

Character and Temperament

Mastiffs are natural guardians of family and home, but they are rarely aggressive. They are described as Gentle Giants: calm and loving with children and other animals. The Mastiff bonds closely with family and needs close human companionship.

Food

No special requirements

Exercise

They can adapt to any environment, city or country, but they do best in a home with a fenced yard. Their exercise needs are moderate. An adult Mastiff will be satisfied with a couple of 20- to 30-minute walks daily. Because of their great size, they're not good jogging companions.

Grooming

The Mastiff does require regular bathing and grooming. This gentle dog can be bathed weekly up to every six to eight weeks depending on his activity level and lifestyle. With this short and densely coated breed, regular bathing is essential to minimize shedding and to maintain healthy skin and coat.

Origin

England

Stats

Average Dog Size

70-91 cm

Average Dog Weight

73-100kg

Average Bitch Size

70-91 cm

Average Bitch Weight

54-77kg

Average Litter Size

8

Average Life Expectancy

6-12


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