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The Mastiff is one of the heaviest breeds; a male Mastiff can exceed 200 pounds. The Mastiff is very massive, powerful and muscular. It is a large, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. It gives the impression of grandeur and dignity. Originally valued for its abilities as a fierce guard and fighting dog, today's Mastiff is a gentle giant. A born guard dog, brave and loyal. It is calm, steady and docile. It tends to keep close to home and is disinclined to roam. "As a lion is to a cat, so is a Mastiff compared to a dog. It is a self-confident, watchful, and patient dog. It is gentle-natured towards its family. It is in its nature to defend its territory and family. It rarely barks; it is calm and docile. This breed needs lots of companionship; it loves to please. This dog makes an excellent companion to children (not recommend for toddlers though, because of its great size). It is very large and heavy. The Mastiff is very intelligent, responds well to gentle, patient training. It is very possessive of home, family and car; protection training is unnecessary for this naturally protective breed. The dog generally holds intruders at bay rather than attacking. Extra effort should be given to socialize a Mastiff puppy; it may be combative with other dogs if not very well socialized. The Mastiff's dominance varies widely depending on the lineage; it can be aloof with strangers or fairly friendly. Some of the Mastiff's talents include: watchdogging, guarding, police work, military work, search & rescue, and weight pulling. This breed tends to drool, wheeze and snore loudly.

Mastiff

Mastiff

Life expectancy: 8 to 10 years
Color: Apricot, silver fawn, or brindled fawn and black. Ears and muzzle are dark.
Eyes:set wide apart, medium-sized, brown.
Coat type: Coarse, straight outercoat, short dense undercoat.
Size: Males: 30 inches; Females: 27 inches
Health issues: It is prone to bloat so should be fed 2 to 3 small meals per day. It may also suffer fro hip dysplasia and genetic eye diseases.
Living conditions: Adapts to both city and country environments.

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