These dogs were brought by the early Phoenicians to England during the 6th century. They were mainly traders from a country that is now known as Lebanon. These people were from the northern part of that area. Dogs of this kind were very useful in attracting bears and bulls. They were very useful in guarding sheep and at times their owners would use them for dog fighting competitions. Dog experts say that they are the oldest breed of English dogs. There have been drawings of these dogs that were done by Egyptians in the year 3000 B.C. They protected their owners from wolves. They were almost non existent after world war 2. Dog lovers in England had to buy these dogs from Canada and the USA. They started to breed them and after that their population started to grow once again.
English Mastiffs are large, with square heads that are quite wide. They do have nicely spotted spots amidst their two eyes. The muzzles are ½ less in measurements when you compare it to their heads. The colors of their eyes are brown dark hazel eyes. The size of their eyes are proportionate. The eyes of these dogs are set quite a from each other. Black masks are rather noticeable around them.Their noses are dark. Their small ears are like the letter v, darkly colored. The shape of their ears are proportionate to the size of their heads. They have teeth that have been enjoined and have scissor like bites. It does not mean that dogs that have undershot bites cannot compete in competition. They can be admitted in competitions as long their teeth do not show when their mouths ar closed. The tails of these dogs can go rather high. Their bases are quite broad and it starts to be hazy upon reaching the joints of their back legs. Their coat colors are rather attractive: yellowish pink, golden and light fawn, silver, tiger. At time the color is gray and tawny
Mastiffs are powerful dogs. If you don't watch out they can be so dominant. Not all mastiffs are like this. They are big but very amiable dogs. These dogs seldomly bark but they will defend the people that are close to them. They could be very good guard dogs. Since they are heavy, these dogs can push any person entering your homes and frighten them. They can just lay down on them and they won't be able to get up because of their sheer weight. They are confident and they have a keen sense on what is happening around their vicinity. They are good for older children and they can be their best companions.. They are intelligent, loving, non temperamental and obedient dogs. You can train them but please do it in a peaceful but meaningful way. Do not change your ways when you are with them. Act confident and be undeviating in your ways. Always communicate with your dogs. You should be the master and they should be part of your pack. Owners must be the pack leaders. These dogs drool, wheeze and snore a lot
These dogs are prone to sicknesses like hip dysplasia. CHD and this can affect the hip bones of younger dogs. They can also develop sicknesses like gastric torsion, ectropion, PPM ( These are little white spots in the dog's eyes ), They can also develop cardiomyopathy..
Dogs of these kind can live in apartments but they must have a lot of space for them to run around. They can also roam around in your backyards but you must make sure that your yard is properly fenced. This way, they cannot escape. If you own one of these dogs, they must go out with you everyday for long walks.. This will bring out their energies and it can be physical or mental. They must walk by your side or at the back of you. They should know that you are the leader.
The heights of male dogs are usually 30 inches and the females are 27 inches. The male dogs weight is usually around 160 pounds and the females are 150 pounds.
You can groom their short hair coats and it is easy to do it. Use a steady and solid bristle brushes. Use a
clean cloth when wiping their coat. Give them a bath and shampoo only when they need to. Once a week would just be fine
These dogs need your tender loving care. By doing this they will remain loyal to you.