Englian Mastiff

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150-165 lbs
27-30"
United States
English Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiff
The Englian Mastiff is a large dog, and can look a bit intimidating but is a gentle giant who is affectionate and peaceful. They make a good family dog, but can drool a lot, and are not suited to hot weather. Generally quiet, they only bark when it is necessary. They are good with children if the children know how to display leadership skills. The Englian Mastiff can be reserved with strangers so it is best to socialise these dogs when they are young. They respect a strong leader and obedience training is important. Although they are peaceful animals, they are born guard dogs – the instinct which is strong within the parent dog will have been passed down to the Englian Mastiff. They will react if there is a threat unless the owner is there to confirm everything is okay. These dogs are somewhat difficult to train, but persistence will be worth it. They respond well to firm but gentle training.
Purpose
Guard dog, Companion dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Mastiff and Neapolitan Mastiff

Englian Mastiff Health

Average Size
Male Englian Mastiff size stats
Height: 30-37 inches Weight: 160-170 lbs
Female Englian Mastiff size stats
Height: 27-30 inches Weight: 150-165 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cardiomyopathy
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter Monitor
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Optical Examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Blood Glucose Level Testing

Englian Mastiff Breed History

The history of the hybrid Englian Mastiff is lacking in definitive data, so it is easier to look to the parent breeds to find the characteristics that your pet may inherit. All European Mastiffs descended from the Tibetan Mastiff which is a very ancient breed. The breed fought alongside British Soldiers in 55 BC. Caesar brought a pack of Mastiffs to Rome, where the dogs were forced into the arena as gladiators fighting humans, lions, bull baiting, bear baiting and dog to dog combat. After this bloody period, they became popular in England where they were utilised as guard dogs and companion dogs. It is believed that the English Mastiff came to America on the Mayflower, and later more were imported. The English Mastiff talents include police work, military work, search and rescue, watch dog and guard dog. The Neapolitan Mastiff origins come as a direct descendent of the Roman Molossus dog. It faced extinction but managed to survive in Campania, despite the perils of war. They were used for war and in the bloody Roman arena spectacles. They have a formidable reputation as a guard dog; their huge powerful appearance should be enough to deter any burglar. The Neapolitan has been used by the Italian police and army, and by business and estate owners to protect property and people. The breed is still quite rare in the United States. It was formally recognised by the American Kennel Club in 2004.

Englian Mastiff Breed Appearance

The Englian Mastiff is a serious, large powerful dog that may inherit the facial folds around the head from the Neapolitan Mastiff. Others may inherit the black mask that the English Mastiff is famous for. This dog is a large solid animal with a large square shaped head. The muzzle should be about half the length of the skull and the teeth should meet in a scissors or slightly undershot bite. The eyes can vary depending on the parent genes it inherits, they may be medium sized and dark hazel in a dark mask (like the English Mastiff) or deep-set eyes of amber brown that nearly disappear under drooping upper lids. Small triangular ears are in proportion to the head, and the tail is high set and either tapers to a point or curls up over the back. Solid legs with rounded feet support the strong muscular body that sports a short straight and smooth coat that can come in a variety of colors.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Englian Mastiff eyes
Brown
amber Englian Mastiff eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Englian Mastiff nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Englian Mastiff coat
Black
red Englian Mastiff coat
Red
brown Englian Mastiff coat
Brown
gray Englian Mastiff coat
Gray
silver Englian Mastiff coat
Silver
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Englian Mastiff straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Englian Mastiff Breed Maintenance

The Englian Mastiff is relatively easy to groom, but it takes a while to brush this massive dog. Brushing regularly with a firm bristle brush will help keep the coat from matting, and will remove loose hair and dirt. Bath or dry shampoo when necessary. Check that any folds in the skin are free from debris and infection. When your dog is wet, ensure inside these skin folds are dry to prevent health problems. Training for teeth brushing should be carried out when they are a puppy, which will make it a lot easier when they mature. They can drool quite heavily, especially in hot climates, or after they have had a drink. Keep some paper towels handy if this is the case.
Brushes for Englian Mastiff
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Englian Mastiff requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Englian Mastiff Temperament

The Englian Mastiff is a large dog that can look very intimidating. But underneath its serious demeanour lies a gentle giant who is devoted to his family, one that is lovingly protective of children and a dog that can get along well with other family pets. Socialising early in their life is important so that they understand their role in the family, as is a strong leader who is firm but kind. These dogs like to please, and will respond well with training, but they have a mind of their own and will not listen to meek owners – you must be the pack leader to earn their respect. With patience, they can become highly trained and obedient. While not a dog for just anyone, it is an exaggeration to say that they are difficult. They just require a natural leader and they will reward you with affection, love and devotion. Although they are big heavy dogs, they seem to realise their strength and are gentle and careful with smaller animals and children.

Englian Mastiff Activity Requirements

The Englian Mastiff are relatively inactive indoors but they will be better mentally and physically if given regular exercise. Because of their low activity level, they can live in an apartment if they get their daily exercise. These dogs are natural guard dogs, their sheer size and solemn faces are enough to deter anyone, but they have their playful side as well especially with the children in the family. Socialisation is important for the young Englian Mastiff puppy; a regular trip to the dog park is an activity your gentle giant will enjoy. The Englian Mastiff respects a firm owner, but will over-run a meek one. Training is another activity that your dog will benefit from.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Englian Mastiff Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Englian Mastiff Owner Experiences

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