Origin Of Mastiff
The Mastiff dates back as early as 1121 BC. They were originally bred as a combat dog, both for guarding troops and fighting alongside them. They were also used as gladiator dogs in the Roman Coliseum as guardians of people and their property. They have been known to fight off Bulls, Bears, Boars, Lions and Tigers. They appeared in dog shows in the mid-1800’s by the wealthy London England who recorded pedigrees. The modern day Mastiff still sticks to its original roots and is a born guard dog. You do not need to train your Mastiff to guard. No matter how friendly it is, If a Mastiff senses danger it will naturally guard on its own. The Mastiff rarely barks, but it will naturally defend its territory and family, and is more a silent guard dog rather than a barker. When an intruder is caught the dog is more likely to hold them at bay, until their owner gives the ok, by trapping them in a corner or lying on top of them rather than an all-out attack.
They are one of the gentle giant breeds. Self-confident and watchful, these dogs are patient and nurturing and are considered excellent with children. They are intelligent, calm, even-tempered and docile, this breed is very large and protective of it’s family. Slightly stubborn but peaceful at heart.
Males – stand 26-31 inches
Females – stand 24-29 inches
Males- Average 150-190lbs
Beasley, the lead actor that played Hooch in the movie “Turner and Hooch” was a Dogue De Bordeaux, otherwise know as the French Mastiff or Bordeaux Mastiff. His career started at the ripe old age of 10, it was his first and only Hollywood movie. The drool used in the film was real, no graphics were required.
Socializing early is key to developing your Mastiff’s temperament ideally before 12 weeks of age. They should be exposed to different people, with umbrellas, hats, scarves. These different experiences will serve as new opportunities for your puppy to fully develop into a mature manageable, confident dog. One who hasn’t had proper socialization can lead to a shy Mastiff. This can be a real problem, as they can lash out if nervous or cornered in an unthreatening environment. You want to instill bravery in your pup for development into a strong confident dog. When training your pet, let him know your status as the pack leader. Consistency in training is key. The Mastiff feels useful protecting his family, and takes this job seriously, always reward good behavior.
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