AKC PuppyFinder: Mastiff Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Courageous and dignified, but good-natured and docile
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; An adult Mastiff is content with long walks and a good romp
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 30 inches & up (male), 27.5 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 160-230 pounds (male), 120-170 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 6-10 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Your Mastiff puppy will grow up to be a massive dog, possibly weighing more than you do. But don't let his size fool you. The Mastiff is docile and good-natured and, with gentle training, a great family dog. This is an ancient breed, originally used as warriors and protectors. Over time, their sweetness and patience have endeared them to their humans. Early training and socialization are important to make your puppy a happy family member. And given his size, lots of room to romp is ideal.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1885

Breed History & Job Description: Giant, fearless war dogs generally classified as mastiffs are a running motif in the ancient history of Egypt, Asia, and Europe. Julius Caesar wrote that his legions fought against some form of the breed during the Roman invasion of Britain in 55 b.c. Mastiffs as we know them were developed in medieval England. In the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer calls them Alaunts (a French breed name) and says they were “as great as any steer/To hunt at the lion or the deer.”

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Mastiffs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like bone cancer, lymphoma, Canine Multifocal Retinopathy (CMR) - retinal folds, Cystinuria can cause kidney stones in intact males, hip or elbow dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Mastiffs are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Exam
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Mastiff Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.mastiff.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 28
  • Breed Referral Contact: Kelly Meyer - 912-238-3170
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Click here to see all Mastiff Rescue Groups.

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