MastiffPublished: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson
Average size and lifespan
Lifespan: 6 - 10 Years
- Barking Amount
- Grooming Difficulty
- Shedding Amount
- Easy to Train
- Can Be Alone
- Exercise Need
- Cold Tolerance
- Heat Tolerance
Seeing a Mastiff for the first time can be quite intimidating! The breed boasts a large, strong frame ranging from 150-240 pounds for males and 120-200 pounds for females. Along with their colossal size, Mastiffs stand out for their massive head, wrinkly forehead and apricot, brindle or fawn coloring.
Despite their intimidating stature, this breed actually quite docile and good-natured. With their size, training is a must. Luckily, they are quick learners. If you have the room, this gentle giant makes a wonderful addition!
Fun fact: the breed has been around for more than 3,000 years. It appeared on Egyptian monuments and was later employed by the Romans in fights against human gladiators, bears, bulls, lions and tigers in the Coliseum.
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Can Mastiffs be apartment dogs?
The Mastiffs does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.
Can Mastiffs be left alone?
While Mastiffs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.
Are Mastiffs good with kids?
Mastiffs do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.
Are Mastiffs friendly with strangers?
Mastiffs tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.
Do Mastiffs get along with other dogs?
Mastiffs aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.
Do Mastiffs bark a lot?
Mastiffs don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.
Do Mastiffs shed a lot?
The Mastiff isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.
Do Mastiffs need a lot of grooming?
With a Mastiff you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.
Do Mastiffs need a lot of exercise?
Mastiffs don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.
Are Mastiffs easy to train?
Although Mastiffs can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.
Can Mastiffs handle cold weather?
Although Mastiffs can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.
Can Mastiffs handle hot weather?
It's best not to have a Mastiff in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.