The large, stocky, hardy breed of dogs, Spanish Mastiff, originating in Spain, with a massive chest, a muscled, rectangular structure, fall under category mountain dog that are popular as pets as also in exhibitions and shows.
|Also known as||Mastín Español, Mastín Leonés|
|Basic Colors||Wolf-sable, fawn, brindle, red, yellow, black|
|Group (of Breed)||Mastiff, Flock guard|
|Weight||Males: 185 – 220 pounds; Females: 145 – 170 pounds|
||Large; 28-35 inches|
|Temperament||Loyal, loving, noble, intelligent|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, heart problems, entropion, obesity|
|Shedding||Heavily, twice a year|
|Competitive Registration||CKC, FCI, UKC, NKC, ARBA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, AKC/FSS, ACA|
Mastiffs, being one of the most ancient dogs, have their ancestors dating back to 5000 years that were ferocious war dogs, different from today’s affectionate mastiffs. These dogs were originally bred as guardian dogs for livestock for protection against wolves etc.
There are two types of Spanish mastiff:
The extremely calm and gentle dog is pretty tolerant towards children and strangers and protector of its whole family. They are not suitable for urban life for their booming voice, as they might pester their neighbors and even its own owner, especially, if living in an apartment. So it’s better to give a thought before adopting them.
Right from puppyhood days train them properly to get used to other dogs, since they can hardly tolerate other breeds. Teach them to refrain from barking when ordered. Their self-assured, determined personality helps them pick up training quickly.
Provide them with 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dog food every day, divided into two meals.