Mastiff Breed Maintenance
Though the Mastiff is a short haired breed, it still needs weekly brushing with a rubber hound glove to remove dead and loose hair. The Mastiff does have two shedding seasons, and daily brushing will help remove the excess hair. Despite a short coat, the Mastiff can develop a “doggy” odor. This is due to an increase in oil produced. Frequent brushing is recommended to help distribute the oils, and you may need to bathe your Mastiff slightly more regularly than other dogs. However, be careful with over bathing as this can strip the necessary oils from your Mastiff and lead to dermatosis or other skin conditions. You should consult with your veterinarian or grooming specialist on the frequency and best products for your Mastiff. For the sheer size of this breed, the Mastiff needs little exercise and is relatively sedentary indoors. It is possible to keep a Mastiff in an apartment or in an urban area provided you can give him a short walk daily or have a small yard for him to move around. The Mastiff developed in temperate climates, and despite his Mediterranean ancestry, this breed tolerates the cold far better than it does the heat. When it comes to picking up after a Mastiff with a pooper-scooper, everything is bigger. This breed is also known to drool a lot and requires a lot of food. On average, this breed requires 8 to 8 ½ cups of food, divided into two meals daily. The amount you feed your Mastiff will depend on his size, age, and metabolism. However, be careful with excessive feeding to prevent weight gain. Additionally, this breed is prone to developing bloat, which can develop from excessive eating and drinking. Avoid feeding your Mastiff large meals and divide food into smaller portions when possible.