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Is A Mastiff Is the Right Breed for you?

Please go to the above link at the Mastiff Club of America website, for answers to good questions and answers relating to Mastiffs.

Cousin Noah makes a good chair for Zacha...and below 'releasing the hounds'
Aunt Kim 'getting some sugar' from Sabra

"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.

If you have only one or two Mastiffs, get signed up for AKC Pet Health Insurance or the plan of your choice, as soon as possible.

That is the best advice I can give to a potential Mastiff owner.

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.

Mastiffs are very sensitive 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 towel!

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?)

Do They Really DROOL?


Mastiffs drool -some more than others. 

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 home.

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 'needy'.

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 Mastiffs.

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 kindness.