Spanish Mastiff

Spanish Mastiff

INTRODUCTION

The Spanish Mastiff is a purebred working dog with an ancient history as a guardian of sheep and cattle. Protective, affectionate and calm, these gentle giants have become popular guard dogs and family pets alike.Spanish Mastiffs have been given various names over the years, as they are such an ancient breed, but two of the most common names include the Spanish Mastiff and the Spanish Mastiff. Although these puppies are not very common, you can still find them in breed-specific shelters and rescues, so adopt! The Spanish Mastiff is not a good breed for beginner parents because these dogs tend to have a strong character. They need firm training from someone who has a strong personality type that the dog can see as a leader. They are a giant breed, and as lazy as they can be at times, they do not make good flat dogs. They will get along as well with families as with one owner and tend to bark very little. If you want a strong, noble friend who will defend your home at all costs, then this may be the breed for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

The coat of the Spanish Mastiff can be of various colours. They can range from black to fawn, red, brindle, tricolour or almost any mixture of these colours. Their coat is not very difficult to care for and only requires a weekly brushing with an occasional bath.Spanish Mastiffs make very little noise, but when they do, expect a deep, intimidating bark that will certainly scare away any strangers, as they are very sceptical of new people.The Spanish Mastiff has an independent personality. Although they are very intelligent, they will often do as they please. Obedience training can be challenging for those who do not have a strong personality type, and is best done with experienced dog owners.Spanish Mastiffs are prone to hip and joint problems, so make sure your puppy maintains a healthy weight. These dogs tend to be fairly inactive while indoors, but need a slow-paced walk once or twice a day and a large yard to roam and burn off extra energy. The size of these dogs makes it very important to always supervise play time with children because they can accidentally cause injury to a small child, but they are very protective of the children in their families.Spanish Mastiffs are very territorial by nature and do not usually enjoy the presence of another dog, and some may even express aggression towards cats and dogs in their household. They are best kept as solitary pets in the home.

HISTORY

The history of the Spanish Mastiff dates back to the 10th century when these dogs were used to care for flocks of sheep and protect the shepherds who herded them. The dogs’ coats helped protect them from the elements in the mountainous regions of Spain, and their fierce loyalty made them ideal watchdogs. They were so popular that images of them can even be seen in ancient Spanish art and literature. The Spanish Mastiff is in the class of working dog breeds. In 2008, the breed was incorporated into the Foundation Stock Service group of the American Kennel Club (AKC). Although they may only be slowly gaining popularity, consider adoption if you think this dog is right for you. Check out your local Spanish Mastiff shelters and rescues, and remember, adopt! Do not buy!

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
3/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
4/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Height: 14 to 20 inches
Weight: 18 to 29 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 14 years

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