English Mastiff History
As one of the most ancient canine breeds, the English Mastiff is a descendant of the Molossus, a fearsome war dog who lived 5,000 years ago. Today’s English Mastiffs are related to the Mastiffs bred and raised in medieval England, and they are far more kindhearted and loving with an even temperament.
Due to his imposing size, the Mastiff has been used throughout history as a watchdog and working dog. Unfortunately, during the Roman occupation of the British Isles, this breed was used for fighting in the pits with gladiators; the Mastiff fared no better in England in the 1800s, when the breed was commonly used for dogfighting. Two hundred years ago, the English Mastiff was brought to America and has taken his rightful position as a large but sweet dog who is more a lover than a fighter. Today’s Mastiff is well known for his gentle nature, especially around children.
Top 5 Disadvantages of English Mastiffs
No breed is suitable for all homes or living situations, and English Mastiffs are no exception to that rule. Here are some potential disadvantages of an English Mastiff, depending on your case or lifestyle.
- English Mastiffs are always excited for a walk or a simple hike, but they aren’t the most energetic dog. If you are looking for an adventure buddy to take on miles and miles of walks regularly, a Mastiff likely isn’t for you.
- Not all landlords will allow a giant breed dog to be added to your lease, so before falling in love with a puppy, it’s best to check with your landlord that they are comfortable with a breed the size of English Mastiffs.
- English Mastiffs are big dogs, and with a big dog comes big dog problems. If a Chihuahua falls off the bed or lands slightly off, they are likely to be okay. If your Mastiff falls off furniture or lands on their leg wrong, their weight can cause some serious damage. We strongly recommend pet insurance if you choose to own a Mastiff, and because of their propensity to experience health problems, purchasing a policy when your Mastiff is a puppy will save you hundreds of dollars in future vet bills.
- While English Mastiffs are excellent dogs for families, some English Mastiff dogs vary in their protective instinct. This breed will protect the family from intruders if untrained, but some English Mastiff dogs are more protective of the family than others. They can also be destructive or aggressive towards other pets or people if not properly trained early on in life, so training is essential to ensure your English Mastiff becomes a well-behaved family member.
- English Mastiff owners need to take care of their dog’s teeth on a regular basis, not only for their own sake but also for the English Mastiff’s as well. This breed is prone to tooth decay, gingivitis, and oral diseases due to plaque buildup. Caring for your puppy’s teeth requires time and care, so carefully assess whether you have the space in your life to spend some extra moments on keeping your dog’s teeth clean. Additionally, The English Mastiff breed is known for drooling or slobbering, some of which have to do with their physiology and some due to their prevalence for dental problems. If you’re okay with all the drool, just make sure you have plenty of towels around the house for your dog.
Top 5 Advantages of English Mastiffs
- Massive in size but gentle in heart, English Mastiffs make great family dogs, with a reputation for being patient and loving with young children. It’s easy to look at a giant breed and think the opposite is true, but a Mastiff’s patience and joy are unmatched.
- Though English Mastiffs are known for their guard-dog abilities, they don’t bark excessively. If you hear your Mastiff barking, they are alerting you of something – unlike some breeds that just enjoy hearing the sound of their voice.
- English Mastiffs are easy to groom with their short coats and average shedding, only requiring the occasional bath and brushing.
- English Mastiffs may not be known for their intelligence, but they are quick to learn (which is good news for you, given they can physically do whatever they want). After consistent training, they are quite obedient, so long as they see the point – their stubbornness might prevent them from doing tricks on command if they aren’t feeling up for it.
- Thanks to their calm demeanor, English Mastiffs are very adaptable. They tend to “go with the flow” – so long as their family is good, so are they. Mastiffs are just happy to be involved.
English Mastiff Colors
Though some colors are certainly more common than others, pricing doesn’t vary across the English Mastiff’s variety of coat colors. The English Mastiff’s primary coat colors are fawn, brindle, and apricot – fawn being the most common (and likely what you imagine when you envision an English Mastiff).
When it comes to any breed, you shouldn’t be looking for the cheapest deal as that could signal poor breeding practices and future health problems. That rule is essential with English Mastiffs, given their massive size (which could mean huge problems if not bred appropriately). Typically, you can find an English Mastiff bred from a reputable breeder for $1000-$2000, with some costing up to $3500 depending on their pedigree.
Our Breeder Qualifications
We only work with breeders who offer a multi-year health guarantee, proof of vet checkups and vaccinations, copies of health tests and results, and the offer to be a source of support as you raise your puppy. Make sure the puppy’s parents are on-premises so you can see your pup’s parents and their personalities and traits, especially around new and strange people.
Look around our website a visit our puppy application process to ensure that there is a fair system in place for the puppy waitlist, as well as a clear explanation of how puppies will be picked and in what order puppies will be adopted.
- Males average a height of 30+ inches, with a weight range of 160-230 lbs.
- Females grow to 27.5+ inches, weighing anywhere from 120-170 lbs.
If you want to experience the lovability of these gentle giants, apply today with Preferable Pups to bring a happy-go-lucky English Mastiff puppy home to your family.