Dogs are considered to be the best friend of man. They are human friendly and so far the most faithful animals. Man has been found using dogs for dog fights, safety and protection and quite often for companionship. Dogs have been proved themselves man’s best companions in past and they are SERVING HUMANITY by giving their services in terms of affection, love and entertainment which they provide to man without applying any ‘give and take’ rule. Dogs are of different breeds and types according to their nature and habitat. And man selects them according to one’s taste, choice and preferences.
Introduction about the Old English Mastiff:
The Mastiff is a breed of dog which is massive and quite larger in size than other dogs. This breed of dog is used for the safety and guard purposes quite often. Mastiffs are sub divided into various breeds e.g. Old English Mastiff, American Mastiff, French Mastiff, Ottomanization disorders Buy Generic Viagra Pills Online notched Alpine Mastiff etc. The Old English Mastiff is the largest breed of dog in the whole world. They are bred as a Roman war dog. What makes them distinguishable from other dogs are their large size and availability in limited colors. They have a massive head and are quite enormous with regard to their size. They always show a black mask on their appearance. They are known and famous for their gentle temperament and behavior with human beings. They possess a large body and the area between forelegs is larger in depth and breadth. Their weight differs and varies according to their gender. The female Mastiffs range from 54-74kg while the male Mastiffs can reach to 79-100 kg.
English Mastiffs usually don’t have long hair and those who have the long hair are known as “Fluffies” and they are rarely seen around the world. They always have black spots marks on muzzle, ears, around the eyes and on nose. The color coats of English Mastiffs vary in shades but usually are fawn in shade and it can reach to a golden yellow as well at times. But the must thing for mastiffs is the black shades, spots or marks on their cover. Apricot and brindle are also found in shades in Mastiffs but pure black Mastiffs are rare to find. Their muzzle is half than that of their skull while the ears are dark in color and V-shaped and are in proportion to the skull. The tail of Old English Mastiffs is attached with a wide base and is high-set. The teeth are like the scissors bite but teeth will get hidden when they close their mouth.
Old English Mastiffs are almost become rare though, after both world wars. But a handful of them which are left are bred with extensive care and thoughtful thinking.
English Mastiffs are often called gentle giants as they are massive powerful breed of the dogs. They are the muscular dogs born to guard and protect. The interesting feature about them which makes them more special is that they rarely bark and so do they are known as a silent guard than a barker who can “seldom bite”. Though they are calm and friendly but it is in their nature to protect and guard their honor or even their family. That’s why if they can sense a little danger they’ll start protecting themselves, no matter it’s their honor on the other end to tell them that everything-is-fine. So it will become quite difficult to handle them if they’ll sense something wrong which is not present in ACTUAL. They are easy going, gentle and calm as per their size and although they are fearless breed of dogs but sometime they’ll also perform such cute acts of hiding themselves behind their honor in fearful situations.
What is surprising with their size is that they are sensitive breed of the dogs. They are preferably used for house-pets and they harsh exercise and trainings are not recommended for them. They are the actual loyal dogs who are born to show their loyalty to their family and honors and to the younger dogs throughout their life and exceptionally devoted to their protection and safety. They are amazingly gentle and calm with other animals if they’ll allow getting socialize, especially with the pups. They love the children but because of their sheer size it is not recommended to leave the younger children alone with them.
It is actually quite tough to train them. You’ve to make them your friend but the order to be fulfilled will always have to be you. You have to teach your Old English Mastiff that you are the leader or the master and they have to obey whatever you order them to do. That is the only point which can help you to maintain a healthy friendly relationship with your Old English Mastiff; else they have found causing serious injuries to the people too.
They have found in Britain and as they are quite rare no so they are now imported from Canada and USA. They have found lazier dogs at times, but to keep them active slight normal exercise is necessary for them. It is in a dog’s nature to walk that’s why it is necessary to take your English mastiff on regular walks to get them release their mental and physical energies. They are the average shedders and can be groom quite easily. You just need to have a firm bristle brush and a shampoo with a towel to wipe them off, for their proper grooming. They are quite lazy and inactive indoors and have found actively moving even in a small yard. One of the heaviest breed in Old English Mastiff male exceeds to 200 pounds. It is advisable to feed them two to three meals a day rather than feeding a large meal. Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia are some of the health problems occur with these Mastiffs. However, the total life expectancy of Old English Mastiffs is about ten to twelve years.
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