The Mastiff was originally developed in Tibet and it is probably one of the most ancient types of dog breeds. He can be an excellent companion if you can accommodate with his size. The average height of a Mastiff is 2 feet, 3 inches to 2 feet, 8 inches weighing about 130 to 220 pounds. They have a lifespan of 6 to 10 years.
Originally bred to be a guard dog nowadays the Mastiff makes a great family companion for those who don’t mind owning a huge dog. He is very intelligent and protective with his family and will always be loyal to his owner. The Mastiff loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Mastiff is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference if you want to have a well behaved dog.
The Mastiff can be a bit harder to train than other dog breeds but with a bit of perseveration you can accomplish this thing too. This dog breed can learn commands a bit slower than other dog breeds but once they learn something, they will never forget it so you shouldn’t be worried that you are wasting your time with his training.
To be honest, the Mastiff is shedding a lot of hair. You cannot do anything to stop this but if you want to prevent having hair all over your home you should do proper brushing every day. Keep in mind that with a proper brushing you will rarely find hair on your couch, carpets and other places in your home.
The Mastiff, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Mastiff was originally developed in Tibet to be a fearless guard dog and it has descended from the Molosser which is probably the most ancient type of dog breed. Recordings of Mastiff type dogs date more than 2,500 years ago in Egypt, Greece and Babylon.