The Irish Wolfhound and the Mastiff (also known as the English Mastiff) are two of the largest dog breeds in the world, so it's no surprise that crossing these breeds produces pooches for which the word "big" is an understatement. Luckily, the gorgeous Irish Mastiff has plenty more going for it than being the biggest canine in the dog park.
Known for their loving and affectionate nature, these gentle giants usually like to take a relaxed approach to life. They can adapt to a wide variety of living circumstances and can be very protective of the ones they love -- plus, they're also eager to please.
And while they don't have the same sort of exercise requirements as some other large breeds, they still relish the opportunity to get out and about and have some fun. Here are three grrr-eat activities your Irish Mastiff will love.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are famous for their incredible sniffing power, so why not let your canine pal put their amazing schnoz to work? Nosework is an increasingly popular scenting activity where dogs are trained to identify and track down specific odors. You can search to find clubs and trainers near you that specialize in nosework if you want, or you can start teaching your dog what they need to do in the comfort of your own home.
Nosework can be fun and mentally stimulating for your furry friend, so here's what you need to do to help your pooch harness their legendary sense of smell.
If you're looking for a fun way to spoil your Irish Mastiff, one of the best things you can do is throw them a doggy birthday party. This is basically a chance for your dog to have a whole lot of fun with their best canine pals, but it's also the paw-fect excuse for like-minded owners to enjoy some socializing as well.
If your backyard is big enough, then you can host the party at home, but if space is an issue, you can arrange to meet everyone at your local dog park. Then all that's left to do is enjoy the hilarity and undeniable cuteness of a doggy birthday party.
Got a free afternoon to enjoy with your dog and not entirely sure what to do? You could plan an elaborate outing with all the bells and whistles, but if that sounds like too much effort or cost, then you can just plan a fun afternoon of playtime in your yard.
Dogs don't need you to spend big bucks planning amazing activities for them to enjoy -- for an Irish Mastiff, it's pretty hard to beat an afternoon spent playing games with you. Not only will this give them the exercise and mental stimulation they need, but it'll also help the two of you develop an even stronger bond.