I love heart Mastiffs
The name Mastiff is often used to describe many different breeds around the world, all descended from the same root stock. However, in most Western countries today, the name Mastiff refers to the Old English Mastiff (OEM) developed in England and almost extinct after World War Two. This breed is very large, with a hard coat that is fawn, apricot, or brindle in color. The ears and muzzle will often be black, and the ears will hang down.
The Mastiff was originally a war dog with Caesar's Roman legions, as well as a gladiator in the Roman arena, fighting dogs, bulls, and lions. Later, in England, the breed was often used as a village guardian, patrolling the streets at night to control prowling wolves. Today, these dogs are often used as companions, family members, therapy workers, and watchdogs.
The Mastiff can be aggressive, especially if not trained early and if this training is not continually reinforced. In addition, the breed often drools and wheezes. Ideally, these dogs require at least four walks a day at thirty-minutes each. In addition, these dogs require experienced owners, and can be stubborn when being trained because they are very sensitive to reprimands. Your puppy will require lots of socialization to prevent a shy or aggressive dog. And, a final note, these dogs often snore and like to dig!
Zorba, the world's largest dog, was a Mastiff that weighed in at 171.5 kilos, stood 94 centimetres tall at the shoulder, and was 2.5 meters from tip to tail . . . and he was only eight years old at the time!