Mastiff Puppy Breeders
Thank you for considering adopting a Mastiff from our network of the best Mastiff breeders. The Mastiff is considered the largest breed in the world with adults coming in at some 220 pounds or more. But his intimidating size conceals a good-natured and docile nature. And as long as he gets his daily exercise, he can adjust to living even in smaller spaces like a condominium. If you are interested in adopting a Mastiff, please feel free to look through our listings of Mastiff puppies, you might find one that suits your family.
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If you feel daunted by the challenge of finding the best Mastiff puppies for sale, we can help! We have made it our mission to ensure that families looking to adopt Mastiffs are matched with the breeders who can offer them the appropriate Mastiff for sale that fits their family’s needs. In addition, to ensure that families who are interested in adopting make an informed decision, we offer some helpful information about the breed. We do all this to ensure that you can confidently use our site to find Mastiff puppies with no worries.
Familiarizing yourself with the basic Mastiff dog breed info allows you to decide if the breed is the appropriate choice for your family. The defining characteristic of the Mastiff, unfortunately, is his size. While he may still seem manageable when he is a puppy, once the Mastiff reaches maturity he can weigh as much as 220 pounds and have a height of over two feet measured at the shoulder. But there are many likeable Mastiff characteristics that can outweigh concerns over its size. For example, despite its size, the Mastiff is a good-natured and docile dog who can also be protective of his human family when he senses they are being threatened. He is also essentially an indoor dog who loves being with his people and will even let himself be used as a footstool.
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Once you have made the choice to bring a Mastiff into your home, we will make the adoption process easier for you. Our network of the best Mastiff breeders will ensure that you are offered matched Mastiff puppies that fit your family’s requirements. And once you have made your choice, our Mastiff adoption process will ensure that your puppy will soon be on his way to join his new family. We invite you to read our happy puppy placement page to learn more about our adoption process.
Facts - Overview
As a responsible dog owner, it is important that you familiarize yourself with all the important Mastiff dog breed information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not the Mastiff is appropriate for your family’s particular circumstances. The Mastiff is acknowledged as the biggest breed in the world and, when fully grown, can weigh as much as 220 pounds. Fortunately, his temperament does not match his size and, if well-socialized when young, is generally docile and good natured, although he can be protective of his human family if he feels they are being threatened. Because of this trait, they can be good watchdogs although they bark less than other breeds.
Apart from his size, there are a number of minor physical issues with the Mastiff. For example, the breed is known to be flatulent. In addition, the Mastiff has a tendency to drool, and when he shakes his massive head, drool can fly everywhere. He also snores loudly. But owners who love their Mastiffs can easily find ways to adjust to these less-attractive qualities.
As a large dog, the Mastiff needs adequate exercise to serve as an outlet for his energy. But if his physical activity requirements are met, the Mastiff is surprisingly adaptable to living even in smaller residential spaces such as condominiums. Contrary to expectations, the Mastiff is actually an indoor dog who loves spending time with his human family, although smaller children should be supervised when playing with him since he can accidentally bowl them over. But the ideal place for a Mastiff to live is a house with a large, fenced-in yard where he can run around and play.
Although as puppies, Mastiffs can be typically rowdy, by the time they reach maturity, they can calm down and become self-assured and well-mannered companions. But to ensure they grow up to be manageable and well-adjusted, early training and socialization is important. However, if you are ready and able to meet the Mastiff’s requirements, you will have a loving and faithful lifelong companion. If you are interested in learning more useful Mastiff breed info, please feel free to read the other sections about the breed’s personality, history, care and health requirements.
Facts - Personality
The Mastiff personality is something that most people would not expect, given his size and appearance. When he is well-socialized, he is good natured and docile and treats strangers with politeness. However, he is also a protective breed who will step in to protect you when he senses a threat. If you have concerns about the security of your home, a Mastiff can put your mind at ease since he makes a good watchdog that will corner intruders until the police arrive. In addition, Mastiffs often take on the role of peacemakers to family members as he will often step between spouses who are arguing or a parent berating a child.
However, Mastiffs are surprisingly sensitive and do not respond well to harsh treatment. If hurt or treated harshly, they can become aggressive or fearful. So you should teach young children the proper way to behave around the Mastiff to avoid untoward incidents.
But it should be noted that the Mastiff temperament may not follow the general breed guidelines. The specific temperament of a dog can be affected by factors such as heredity, early upbringing and socialization. When you are choosing a puppy, choose the one with the middling temperament who is not too aggressive or too timid. If you would like to get a better idea of what the actual temperament of your puppy will be like, ask the breeder to let you meet at least one of the parents. If you see that the parents have good, even temperaments, it is likely that the puppies will have a good temperament as well when it grows up.
Facts - Care
One of the most important considerations regarding Mastiff care is that you need to meet his exercise requirements in order to provide an outlet for his energy as well as preventing him from becoming bored. Despite their size, Mastiffs have only moderate exercise requirements that can be met with two half-hour walks daily. However, you should not take them out during hot days since their size means that Mastiffs overheat easily; the best times for your daily walks are the early morning and the evening.
When it comes to Mastiff puppy care, while they have more energy and are more active than adults, since their bones are still developing, you need to limit the amount of strenuous physical activity they are doing, such as jumping and long walks. If you have a yard, let your Mastiff puppy play outside at his own pace.
Mastiff training is essential in order for your puppy to smoothly adjust to living in your home. Early obedience training is important to ensure that the Mastiff knows what is okay to do and what is not. Training a Mastiff is relatively easy by using positive reinforcement techniques in which you reward the puppy when he learns what you are trying to teach him. Never punish your puppy or treat him harshly when he has an accident at home or fails to learn. This will make your dog fearful or aggressive and make training much harder.
Facts - Grooming
Knowing how to groom Mastiff is not only important to ensure that he looks good and stay healthy, it also allows you to save money since you don’t have to pay a groomer do to the job. The Mastiff has a coat that is easy to care for, and comes in brindle, apricot or fawn. The coat consists of an outer layer or straight short hair and an inner layer of dense shorter hair. The Mastiff’s coat sheds heavily so you need to brush it once weekly using a rubber grooming glove. When it reaches the fall and spring shedding season, however, you may want to brush him daily to prevent shed hair from spreading all over the house.
Other important parts of your Mastiff grooming routine are keeping his teeth clean and his nails trimmed. You need to brush your dog’s teeth two to three times a week at least to prevent tartar buildup and other dental problems. You also need to trim your dog’s nails periodically when they get too long. Although the nails wear down naturally when the dog does a lot of walking, if they do not you will have to trim them one to two times monthly to prevent them from getting torn, which can be painful. Use a guillotine-style nail clipper and be sure not to cut too close to the blood vessels since it can cause bleeding and traumatize your dog. Ask your vet or groomer for guidance on how to trim nails properly or ask the vet to do it during your dog’s regular visit.
While you’re doing your regular grooming, you should also clean his wrinkles and check his ears. Wipe your Mastiff’s wrinkles with a damp cloth to prevent bacteria buildup that can cause infections. You should also wipe the flews dangling off his upper lip after every meal. When you are checking the ears, look out for a bad odor or redness, which are signs of an infection. To help prevent infections, wipe out your dog’s ears with a cotton ball slightly moistened with a pH balanced and gentle ear cleaning solution. Don’t insert anything into his ear canal since this may cause injury.
Facts - Health
There are a number of Mastiff health conditions that the breed is prone to that you should be familiar with when deciding if you want to adopt a Mastiff puppy. These include:
Hip dysplasia. This is a condition in which the thighbone does not fit properly into the hip joint, which may result in lameness. If left untreated, it can eventually cause arthritis. Although this is a hereditary condition, it can be worsened by factors such as putting too much pressure on the joint by jumping onto a hard floor.
Progressive retinal atrophy. PRA is a degenerative condition in which the photoreceptors behind the eye are gradually lost, eventually resulting in blindness. However, the dog can compensate by using his other senses and it is possible for a blind dog to continue living a full life.
When buying a puppy from a breeder, ask him for health clearances from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both of the puppy’s parents. These health clearances will help ensure that they are free of these conditions.
To ensure good Mastiff nutrition you need to feed him six to eight cups of dry dog food a day, which should be divided into two meals. Make sure that you give the puppy food that is specially formulated to meet the needs of growing dogs, as well as those of large breeds. In addition, make sure that you clean out his bowl after meals.
Facts - History
The Mastiff history dates back millennia, as depictions of Mastiff-like dogs appear in the records of classical Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek civilizations. The ancestor of the Mastiff is believed to be the molosser, a solidly-built dog that was likely used as a guard dog to protect flocks against predators. Throughout history, these early proto-Mastiffs were used as guard dogs and fighting dogs, and gradually spread across the known world. These dogs were prized for their courage as well as their size.
The modern Mastiff was developed in England starting in the fifteenth century where they were used to guard estates. The breed actually faced extinction at various points in its history, such as after 1835 when dog fighting was outlawed and following the two world wars, when food shortages made it difficult to keep large dogs. But they were eventually returned from the brink due to the popularity of dog shows where the Mastiff made a strong showing.
The history of Mastiff in the US started during colonial times when the breed was first brought to America. However, the first Mastiff club was formed only in 1879. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and the Mastiff Club of America was organized in 1929. The breed is currently rated the thirty-second most popular dog breed in the US.
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