Is A Mastiff Is the Right Breed
Please go to the above link
at the Mastiff Club of America website, for answers to good questions and
relating to Mastiffs.
|Cousin Noah makes a good chair for
Zacha...and below 'releasing the hounds'
Aunt Kim 'getting some sugar' from
"Are they expensive"?
Frequently Asked Mastiff Questions
Whether your dogs are to be show dogs or
simply champions of the couch, Mastiffs are expensive to feed
properly and to care for responsibly
Generations of champion
Mastiffs in a pedigree do not happen by chance. If you are living on a
tight budget money will simply have to be a consideration in your
decision to add a Mastiff to your family. There are no
'shortcuts' to having healthy, beautiful Mastiffs. We always
take a big financial loss whenever we do have a successful
breeding. (Not to mention the thousands spent on breeding
attempts that just didn't work out). Why do we EVER do it then?
We attempt a breeding when we're ready for that next special
generation of Mastiffs to carry on with- and when we can afford
the undertaking, come what may.
Some years are great- very lucky
and minimal unexpected vet trips. But when a Mastiff does get
sick or injured the vet bills can be extremely high as medications and
surgeries are priced per body weight. This is another
reason we encourage anyone with just one or two mastiffs to look
into obtaining pet health care insurance for their Mastiffs and
to open up a 'Care Credit' account for those emergency vet
visits which no one expects.
9 week old Sabra 'helping' to fold clothes.
Do Mastiffs require much training?
Do children? In a word, YES!
A Mastiff will truly be whatever he or
she is taught to be.
Some Mastiffs are naturally more laid-
back and less demanding, and seem to require very little training. (Maddie)
However, many others are highly
energetic, active and inquisitive dogs who are very challenging to raise.
They must be trained consistently and with love.
dogs who never need a heavy hand. Most Mastiffs wish to please you in all things. Mastiffs have a tendency towards shyness as a breed, and will
go through stages as puppies where it is critical that they are properly
socialized or they can and will develop into fearful, timid dogs.
I can not stress this enough. Do not be surprised
or disappointed in your Mastiff puppy if he or shy goes through a fear
period after previously having been self confident and happy. Patience, consistency and intelligent socialization are needed for
most Mastiffs to develop their full potential mentally.
Consistency is the key to training any puppy or dog. Several times a week it can be
helpful to take your Mastiff with you to places where they
will experience loud noises, strange people and dogs- but never all at
once. With all things, be patient and don't overwhelm the puppy
at first. You must not over-stimulate a puppy in crowds or noisy
places- that can work against what you are trying to accomplish.
Most Mastiffs enjoy going out and about with their owners to
obedience classes and puppy training classes. This can be a
great place to socialize a puppy or new dog.
Taking your Mastiff to Petsmart or Petco
often can also a good idea but do not let children or strangers rush up on your
puppy and scare them if they are not used to small children. When you go on an outing, take along some
treats that you can give to strangers to offer your Mastiff, as well as a drool
And always praise your Mastiff for
positive responses to these new situations. Enrolling your new Mastiff baby in a puppy kindergarten
as well as Basic Obedience after that, is essential and we encourage all of our Mastiff owners to do so with their puppies. Raising a Mastiff puppy to be a happy and well adjusted dog
can be a large commitment of time and energy but the lifelong devotion that your
dog will give to you in return is well worth the effort put forth in the first
years of his or her life.
(Auntie Kim- what are you wiping off
of your face?)
They Really DROOL?
Mastiffs drool -some more than
After a Mastiff
eats or drinks they shake their heads, slinging the drool. Watering
your Mastiff outside where you can conveniently replace it several times a day
is a good way to decrease your contact with drool and that of the walls of your
If you can't see yourself carrying around a slobber
towel ,or washing the walls in your home more frequently than most, maybe a Mastiff isn't your ideal
breed of dog. Unless you can discover a commercial use for it, that is.
'Nuf said about that!
A Mastiff Needs YOU
Mastiffs actually REQUIRE human
contact and will exhibit numerous behavioral disorders if they are denied
this companionship on a regular basis. Mastiffs need to be with you, in fact
actually touching you as much as possible. They follow you from room to room in
the house and lie on your feet when you are seated. This undying devotion is
one of their most endearing traits- but can be annoying to people who prefer a dog who is less
A person who travels often and
cannot take their Mastiff with them should determine whether family or
friends are available to care for your dog during your absences.
A mastiff puppy must have appropriate
socialization, and consistent training in order to become a well adjusted dog. A
Mastiff needs to be part of your family. They love to go for car rides with you
and adore going to soccer games, baseball games, and anyplace you go. Consistent social experiences are necessary for the development of
a well adjusted Mastiff.
We advise every owner to
take their puppies through a puppy training class at your local dog training
club, and at minimum to attend 'basic obedience' classes with your dog.
Regular trips to 'Petsmart' are a favorite outing for our dogs.
If you cannot imagine taking your dog to 'school' weekly for the first year
or so, and consistently working with him in frequent short sessions every day,
this is the wrong breed for you.
The bond that develops
between a Mastiff and his owner during these early training experiences is rare
and to be treasured. A well adjusted, well socialized Mastiff as a puppy will be
an incomparable companion to you for the rest of his life.
If, you have read and
considered these facts of life with a Mastiff, and I haven't succeeded in
scaring you away, you might be a true Mastiff fancier. To learn more about this breed
please visit the Mastiff Club of America's website at
How Big Do they Get?
In general English Mastiffs are the heaviest breed of all
dogs. However there is a wide range of sizes in what is considered normal for
Sabra weighs 190 pounds and
stands 32 inches in height, however there is a wide range that is considered
normal and most females average 140 -170 pounds. Males can weigh 180-240 pounds-
or even more.
A Mastiff is truly a gentle giant in spite of their size are big babies who only want to be
loved in return.
Mastiff puppies grow very
quickly. While the grandeur of a mature Mastiff surveying his turf is a
sight to behold, these dogs are HOUSE DOGS-and we only place our puppies in
homes where they will BE house dogs.
They do tend to occupy a
lot of space in a house. A Mastiff can be a huge speed bump in high traffic
areas of your home and his tail can clear a coffee table of bric-a-brac in a
heartbeat. Their heads can reach the counters and trashcans in your
kitchen. Some training is obviously in order so that these large dogs can
co-exist in a clean and comfortable home. However, they are very intelligent and
quickly learn what is expected of them when treated gently and with firm