Breed Specific Training Mastiff


Mastiff breeds such as many dog breeds has a history that goes back over 2,000 years. Used in Britain, Rome and other ancient civilizations as hunting dogs, warrior dogs and guard dogs. The Mastiff was brought to Britain by the Phoenicians in the 6th century BC. The Mastiff dogs remained a favorite of British royals, guarding castles and estates. Mastiffs were used for bear baiting between the 12th and 19th century. This was a very popular sport at the time. The dogs were used to attack chained bears, tigers and bulls.

Today, the Mastiff is still the largest breed of dog, often reaching a weight of 220 pounds and a shoulder height of 30 inches. They should appear massive and powerful, with a black mask and ears highlighting a pale coat of silver, apricot, fawn or brindle short hair.

The Mastiff's outer coat straight, coarse, and of moderately short length. Undercoat dense, short, and close lying. Coat should not be so long as to produce "fringe" on the belly, tail, or hind legs. Fault Long or wavy coat. Mastiff's come in a few colors, fawn, apricot, or brindle. Brindle should have fawn or apricot as a background color which should be completely covered with very dark stripes. Muzzle, ears, and nose must be dark in color, the blacker the better, with similar color tone around the eye orbits and extending upward between them. A small patch of white on the chest is permitted.

The Mastiff's temperament is a combination of grandeur and good nature, courage and docility. Dignity, rather than gaiety, is the Mastiff's correct demeanor. We should not condone shyness or viciousness.

Mastiff 's are gentle and affectionate. While every Mastiff is an individual, just as we are, the majority of dogs are calm and easy going. Mastiffs can be a bit of a challenge to train. They can be a bit stubborn, and with their size, you're better off if you get all your training done when the dog is young and of smaller stature. At the same time, some Mastiffs are very sensitive to harsh words from their family.

If you are choosing the Mastiff for your family pet, I want you to be prepared for drooling, snoring and some wheezing. They obviously take up a lot of room, even though they are not a very active breed. At the same time, they are loyal guardians who will keep you and your family from harm. Mastiffs rarely bark. If they find an intruder, they will "detain" him until help arrives or you give him the okay. Their size alone is usually enough to have people think twice on invading your home. Mastiffs really don't need to be taught to guard, they just fall into it naturally.
If you have children, you couldn't choose a better companion. Small children need to be watched just because of the sheer size of the dog,they may accidentally roll over on them, but your Mastiff will be gentle, patient and long-suffering.

Mastiffs thrive on being with you. It doesn't matter if you are going for a walk or just sitting and watching the television, your mastiff will love to hang out with you. In fact, your Mastiff will love nothing more than to be at your side night and day. This is no dog that thrives on being left in the backyard alone all day. He craves companionship, preferably yours.
If you take him on a walk or to the park, your Mastiff will most likely be a bit shy of strangers, preferring to sit politely until you say a person is acceptable to you. He should get along well with other dogs too, especially if he was properly socialized as a puppy. This will be something I suggest you do with your mastiff, socializing them is important. If he wasn't, you may need to train him to behave around other dogs, or keep him away from them.
For his size, the Mastiff is actually quite swift. He can easily outrun a man, if he had to,but he'd rather laze around the house. In fact, if you don't mind the crowding, he'd be happy in an apartment as long as he is able to hang out with his family.


Training a Mastiff is just like training other breeds. You should however, start training your Mastiff early simply because of their size. You will have to have complete control of your dog so they will know what you expect from them. Socialization is key when you first bring home your Mastiff. They usually take to strangers but in some cases they are a bit shy. Do not force your dog to greet someone if they are not ready. Allow your dog to adjust to pleople in their time. This goes the same for introducing them to other pets. I would start training them right away on how to correctly walk on a leash. If you allow your Mastiff to grow up and never teach them how you expect them to walk on a leash, you will have a dog that pulls with tremendous force and you will have a hard time breaking them. Another first training would be to teach them to come to you when called. You are going to have a very large dog and some people may find that a bit scary. If you encounter someone like this you don't want to frighten them and you may need your dog to come to you instantly. That is when, and why, the come when called is important. You will need your pet to have a good recall command so when you call them, they turn and come to you right away with no hesitation.

If you find your Mastiff training to be a bit more than you anticipated, seek advice or help from your local pet store. You will probably find they offer training classes that fit your needs. You may feel more comfortable working with someone who has experience in training dogs. If nothing else they can answer any questions you have about your dog.