Girl's Best Friend - English Mastiff
Posted at 12:00 - 12th October - Sarah Booth
The English Mastiff is best described as a gentle giant; a good natured, affectionate and dignified dog that will reward you with a life long bond of friendship and fun.
Mastiffs can be traced back as far as 2000 years ago, originating from Asia and arriving on British soils via Phoenician Traders. However, they are most notorious for returning from the brink of extinction after World War 2, when there were only 7 Mastiffs recorded due to the scarcity of food.
Thanks to a robust breeding programme and the present day abundance of food, Mastiff's are back - literally larger than life, with some males growing to around 113kg!
"These dogs are not designed for apartment living but are ideally placed in a spacious home with safe gardens where they can roam and be free."
As with any large dog Mastiff’s need space; not just to run around and play, but space to move, express themselves and not feel like they are getting in the way. These dogs are not designed for apartment living but are ideally placed in spacious homes with secure gardens, where they can roam and be free.
English Mastiff’s thrive as part of a family or household where there is always someone at home. They can be prone to separation anxiety so leaving them alone for long periods of time is not advised. They love nothing more than to be part of the action and require regular mental stimulation and physical exercise. In fact their tendency to gain weight means exercise is crucial to a Mastiff’s wellbeing. Generally they love going out for long, steady paced walks and will relish the opportunity to jump into any rivers, lakes and ponds they see along the way!
Whilst Mastiff’s make incredible family pets, it’s worth noting that they may not be suitable for families with young children and babies due to their sheer size and weight. They can also be quite protective of their owners, and whilst they rarely display aggression, this may be a consideration if your children have friends over to play.
Luckily these tendencies can be tempered by early socialisation and training, something that your Mastiff will readily take on board due to its high levels of intellect. Mastiff puppies should be exposed to new situations, noises, people, other dogs and pets at an early age, and combining this with positive behavioral reinforcement with lots of high value treats, means they will grow up to be well rounded, relaxed dogs in any given situation.
"If you have an abundance of food, plenty of time to interact and play and a passion for long walks in the outdoors the English Mastiff could be the perfect addition to your family."
- Sarah Booth -
In summary Mastiffs are loyal and devoted to their families and feel calm and relaxed in the home. They are low maintenance on the grooming front, are good around children and make great watchdogs that rarely show any aggression.
If you have an abundance of food, plenty of time to interact and a passion for long walks in the outdoors, the English Mastiff could be the perfect addition to your family.