The English Mastweiler is a designer breed created by crossing the Rottweiler and English Mastiff. Belonging to the category of a bandogge, this breed shows inconsistency as far as its body structure is concerned as it may be tall, heavy and muscular in appearance or even have a short and lean stature. These broad-headed dogs have a strong muzzle and loose skin. Their alert, watchful nature make them excellent guard dogs, a trait highly inherited from both their parent who have gained a lot of popularity for their guarding ability.
|Coat||Short, flat and thick|
|Color||Black, brown, dark brindle, black and tan, chocolate, silver, merle, speckled, golden, spotted|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer dog|
|Lifespan||9 to 13 years|
|Weight||110 to 150 pounds|
|Height||About 26 inches|
|Temperament||Well-tempered, Courageous, Loyal and Protective.|
|Good with Children||Yes especially when socialized though supervision is needed|
|Barking||Does not always bark except when seeing a stranger, emitting a growl while playing.|
|Shedding||Low to Average|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), DRA (Dog Registry of America, Inc.), IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry), DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club)|
This breed was said to have been developed by a group of dog enthusiasts in Birmingham with the intention of creating a Molosser breed with a large body-buildup. They wanted it to be superior to the English Mastiff in terms of agility, ability to work, guarding skills, and discharging duties assigned by police and military officials were concerned. They also desired dogs that would be well-trained and emerge as good family companions. Therefore, after importing the Rottweiler breed from Germany, they started crossing it with the Bullmastiffs, English mastiffs and Neapolitan mastiff available in the United Kingdom. It has been speculated that genes of Great Dane, Presa Canario, and Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier have also been implemented while carrying out the breeding program.
Having a gentle disposition, the Mastweiler shows an immense amount of loyalty to its owners and his family. It is highly protective about its household and territory, going to any extent to safeguard them, just like their Rottweiler and Mastiff parents. The guarding instinct of this breed makes it highly aversive to strangers compelling it to bark at the sight of an unfamiliar face to alarm its master about the intruder. In spite of being gentle with children, careful supervision of an adult is needed when the little ones are in the company of these dogs. In fact these large-sized dogs may knocking down the toddlers when at play with them. Though it thrives well in warm weathers, it is more comfortable in living in cold temperatures. It may let out a growl while playing or being frightened, also reacting to the sound of a siren.
These intelligent dogs are fast learners, but may display stubborn and disobedient behavior at times. Therefore, a patient and tactful trainer is essential to lead them in a proper direction. Imparting obedience and socialization training to them since their puppy days may help in developing their personality in a pleasant manner. Owners should incorporate positive reinforcement methods to make the training process a fruitful one.
They should be given about four and a half to six cups of dry dog food three times a day. Introduce nutritious foods in their diet to keep them healthy. As they often have problems of with the stomach be careful about the kind of food you are providing them.