Old English Mastiff

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Old English Mastiff


The Old English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century. Throughout its history, the Mastiff has contributed to the development of a number of dog breeds. The Alaunt is likely a genetic predecessor to the English Mastiff introduced by the Normans. These dogs were developed by the Alans, who had migrated into France (then known as Gaul) due to pressure by the Huns at the start of the fifth century.


A combination of grandeur and good nature as well as courage and docility. Domesticated Mastiffs are powerful yet gentle and loyal dogs, but due to their physical size and need for space, are best suited for country or suburban life.


The Mastiff is a particularly large dog demanding correct diet and exercise. Excessive running is not recommended for the first two years of the dog’s life, in order not to damage the growth plates in the joints of this heavy and fast-growing dog, which in some weeks may gain over 5 lbs. (2.5 kg). However, regular exercise must be maintained throughout the dog’s life in order to discourage slothful behavior and to prevent a number of health problems.


From 70 to 76 cm minimum / From 54 to 113 kg.


Fine, smooth.


Apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle.



(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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