The Mastiff is a particularly large breed of dog that is surprisingly easy going, gentle, good-natured, and calm. He is a well-mannered animal that can fit well in almost any household. This dog needs plenty of room to move about and would not be ideal for small apartment living.
If you have a family with children in the house then owning a Mastiff would make an excellent choice as he is known to be utterly devoted and loyal to its owners, and great with little kids. This dog has high affection levels and gets along great with other pets. Another positive aspect of the Mastiff is that he makes an excellent watchdog with the ability to protect the family with strength and quickness.
Upkeep and Maintenance of the Mastiff
When the Mastiff becomes an adult, they need a mild amount of daily exercise. A good 10 to 15 minute brisk walk would do just fine. Better yet are physical games in a fenced yard if you have the opportunity to own such a property.
This dog can live both indoors and outdoors. If you choose to keep your Mastiff outdoors then it should be noted that this breed is not at all fond of hot weather. He thrives on cooler temperatures, so be sure to afford him the luxury of plenty of shade during the hot summer months if he is to be kept outside. However, the ideal living situation for a happy Mastiff is to be inside with his family as this dog is genetically geared towards protecting its pack.
Mastiff Health Information
One interesting aspect that pertains to the health of the Mastiff dog breed is its weight. They are easily prone to becoming overweight or obese. Be sure to monitor his food intake and watch out not to overfeed him, especially if you would like to see your Mastiff reach his full lifespan of between 9 and 11 years.
Veterinarians suggest that Mastiffs be specifically tested for eye problems, thyroid, elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. The two major health concerns that are typical in this dog breed are CHD and gastric torsion. Minor issues to watch out for are elbow dysplasia, cystinuria, and osteosarcoma.