Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): English Mastiff; Old English Mastiff
The Old English Mastiff is an ancient breed that projects an aura of polite dignity. This dog appears large and powerful, making it a good deterrent to intruders, but the core personality of a well-socialized dog is calm, good-natured, and gentle. An improperly socialized dog could even be timid, and all Mastiffs crave companionship. Although you needn't go jogging with this breed, you should spend plenty of time side-by-side with them to keep your pet happy and social.
The ancient Mastiffs go back at least to the days of Babylon, where these dogs appear in bas-relief. The Mastiff Club of America has collected thousands of years of lore about these this noble breed, which is believed to have been brought by the ancient Phoenician traders to England, where the Roman invaders found them.
Appearance / health:
The Mastiff is a large, massive dog with a well-knit frame. Dogs are more massive, while bitches have somewhat smaller dimensions.
Mastiffs are average shedders and do not need extensive grooming.
The Mastiff requires a good amount of exercise. Brisk walking and time spent running off the leash help to keep this breed in good form. They should not be over-exercised until they are about a year old.
Mastiffs commonly suffer from bloat (torsion of the distended stomach that can be fatal). They also suffer from dysplasia (a crippling malformation of the joints leading to lameness) of the hip and elbow.
Mastiffs are also prone to developing elbow and knee bursas (rough pads around the joints) because of their great body weight. Sebaceous cysts and allergies are commonly seen in the breed. Hereditary eye problems, including Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), glaucoma, and cataracts also affect Mastiffs.
Behavior / temperament:
The Mastiff is naturally protective and makes an effective watchdog. Mastiffs respond to gentle, patient training. They are eager for affection and willing to please.
Mastiffs are not noisy barkers.
Gentle Giants, wonderful dogs, great guarddogs, loving couch potatoes, Big Lovable dog
bloat, normal life span, drooling, dysplasia, expensive breed, hip problems
utility meter readers, worst selective hearing, oldest breeds, lower energy level, future breed bans
Reviewing my other Mastiff
This is the brother out of the brother/sister pair.
My family adopted a brother and sister pair from a rescue organization. Their past isn't fully known, but we do know that they were both kept in crates that were too small for the majority of their two years. When we first adopted them, Toa had very little muscle in his back legs due to living in a crate that was too small for him. We had to work with him to help him build muscle and strength enough to hold his weight.
Toa isn't as smart as his sister, but he also isn't very stubborn. He is vaguely aware of what you want him to do and he is so laid back that you could probably paint his toenails or give him a mohawk and he wouldn't budge. He needs brushed out frequently in the summer as he does shed heavily. He is very attached to his humans and thinks he's a lap dog as well (he's over 200 lbs!!), but he's also very happy to be at your feet. He gets occasional seasonal allergies that give him a runny nose or weepy eyes, but nothing that's unmanageable. He also gets hot spots on his cheeks that sometimes require clipping at the vet.
He doesn't need much exercise, but he should probably get more than he does. He just can't be bothered to run around. He has been known to lie down in the backyard after he has finished his business and soak up the sun while his sister runs around..
From Kace Apr 16 2015 5:34PM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 157 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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