Breed Group: Working Height: 27.5 inches and up at the shoulder Weight: 120 – 230 pounds Life Span: 8 – 10 years
The English Mastiff is one of the oldest domestic dog breeds. A descendant from the Molossus or Mollosser, vicious war dogs dating back as long as 5 000 years, it is also one of the largest domestic dog breeds in the world. The modern-day English mastiff is notorious for being a gentle giant, popular as a pet and show dog. Mastiffs are popular pets and make excellent companions. However, they are larger than most breeds and require space accordingly. They do not necessarily need a large outdoor yard to constantly roam in but do require adequate daily exercise, especially if living in a smaller space. If not given enough attention, they will become lonely and destructive.
Their size can make them intimidating, but they are very affectionate and loving dogs. They want to be near their family and will do their best to become a lap dog despite their size. They may even be described as docile, but will still spring into action to protect their family when required. Puppies can be more energetic, but most individuals mature into calm and quiet adult dogs.
Because of their size, they may not be well-suited for families with very young children or any older or particularly frail family members. Sadly, English mastiffs are known for having a rather short lifespan, living to be about 6-12 years old in most cases. Females typically give birth to about 8 puppies in each litter.
Mastiff Cons: They consume a lot of space, they flatulate and slobber, and they can grow destructive if bored.
Mastiff Pros: They carry a sleek, easy-care coat, they require only moderate exercise, and they’ll serve as a powerful and imposing watchdog.
Learn more about the Mastiff breed here.