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The Mastiff

Working Breed

The Mastiff is probably the biggest dog in the world. In 1989 Guinness recorded an 8-year old Mastiff named Zorba at 343 pounds, standing 37 inches at the shoulder and 8 foot 3 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. While your Mastiff will probably not break this record, it will be a BIG dog - something to remember when you start training it as a puppy. Mastiffs make good family dogs and are great with children (although their size could cause injury to younger kids). They need the same exercise strategy as a human - starting mild and then increasing. Or, it is just as happy curling up on the rug. A good guard dog that will use its bulk to prevent access rather than resorting to more aggressive methods. Mastiffs will enjoy the company of other pets if they were properly socialized as a puppy. Their short coat is easy to groom with only occasional brushing.

Ave. Height("'s)

Ave. Weight (#'s)

Personality

Coat

Grooming

Notes for owners

30

175-220

Docile

Short and smooth

Minimal

OK for apartment but must be exercised. OK for larger children (because of its size). Will drool.

 
 

Book Suggestions

Unless otherwise indicated, these books are available through Amazon.com

Mastiffs: Everthing About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Grooming, Behavior, and Training (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Kim Campbell Thornton, Pam Tanzey (Illustrator). 4 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

The Mastiff: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by John M. Becknell (Author). 4 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

The Mastiff: Aristocratic Guardian (The Pure Bred Series) by Dee Dee Andersson, Luana Luther (Editor). 4 1/2 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

The Mastiff: Peerless Protection by Geraldine M. Roach, Jack Shastid.

Your Purebred Puppy : A Buyer's Guide by Michele Welton. 5 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

Choosing a Dog for Life by Andrew De Prisco, James B. Johnson, Andrew Deprisco. A 5 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

Choosing a Dog : A Guide to Picking the Perfect Breed by Nancy Baer, Steven Duno (Contributor). A 4 STAR rating by Amazon

Paws to Consider : Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson. A 4 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

The Art of Raising a Puppy by New Skete Monks. A 4 STAR rating by Amazon Books readers

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