Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Breed Profile: Mastiff

Pictures and descriptions of mastiff-like dogs go back as far as 4,000 years ago.  Mastiffs have been used to guard flocks and families.  Mastiffs have served as hunters for such game as lions and wild horses.  Mastiffs have been called upon to fight, in wars, as gladiators and for bull and bear baiting.

The Mastiff of today is a guardian.  Not, however, the type of guard dog that patrols the grounds, but  the type of guardian that lives with and protects his family.

Indeed, the Mastiff would rather not be left outside all the time.  He prefers to be with his people.  Though not a high energy dog, he is strong steady presence, calm and easy going.  The Mastiff is gentle, even with children pulling on his ears.

Because the Mastiff is very large and heavy, if he accidentally steps on your toe or wags his tail over a fully set coffee table, breakage may occur.

Some Mastiff Facts
also known as:  Old English Mastiff
-  weight:  120-230 pounds
-  height:  27-30 inches (at shoulder)
-  life span:  9-11 years
-  short double coat
-  coat colors:  fawn, apricot, brindle, with dark muzzle, ears and nose
Mastiff Manifesto
-  once I know the rules of the house, I will follow them, in my own good time
-  if you want a giddy emoter, get a Bishon Frise.  Meanwhile, hold still while I lean on you.
-  that's right.  I drool.  Keep towels handy or I'll be forced to use your lap as a napkin.


  1. Aw ... they are sweet. My neighbor had one.

    Hugs and chocolate!

  2. Rules? What rules? I own the place, especially the couch. So color elsewhere.

    1. Mabel, you go ahead and ignore the rules. Knock yourself out, sister. Nevertheless, when you and I share the couch, you know that if you continue to twitch while I'm coloring, I will continue to elbow you in the ribs.

  3. Q. Where does the Mastiff sit?

    A. Wherever he wants. End of story.

  4. Where's my dinner? Man, there ain't enough bones to chew.