Mastiff

A.K.A. : English mastiff
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Overview: The Mastiff is a gentle dog, despite his striking size and appearance. He makes a great watch dog and loyal companion. This dog develops enduring bonds with his family and is best suited to living in the country or suburbs where he can have lots of space.
Breed Group: Working
Weight (lbs): 175-190
Height (in): male: minimum 30 female: minimum 27.5
Colors: Fawn, apricot, or brindle, all with dark muzzle, ears and nose.
Coat: Outercoat straight, coarse and of moderately short. Undercoat dense,short and close lying.
Character: Mastiffs rarely bark, but will defend their territory and family. These dogs are very confident, dignified, and gentle-natured.
Temperament: This breed is usually good with children, and if properly socialized at an early age, they get along well with other dogs and most household pets.
Care: The Mastiff has many special needs, including diet and bedding. Dead and loose hairs can be removed with a rubber brush during the times of shedding.
Training: This breed requires mutual respect in training, with consistency and understanding thrown in for good measure.
Activity: Although when young, the Mastiff is so full of energy its activity needs to be controlled, as an adult it has rather average exercise needs.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Health Issue: This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, chronic heart disease, gastric torsion, ectropion, persistent pupillary membrane (PPM), vaginal hyperplasia, elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy.
Life Expectancy: 8-10
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