Meet us and The Mastiffs!
We have loved English Mastiffs for years and are ready to share this amazing breed with you! We have a small "kennel" we have two amazing Mamas. Stella, Delta and one Handsome Papa Sampson. We have a large family and pups are anxiously awaited for and loved on daily! Pups love to play with their family, two legged and four and will make a great addition to your family! Please call Anita at 1-605-881-4270 or Anita@halme-inc.com Thank you for allowing us this beautiful opportunity, we are thankful!
Where did Mastiffs originally come from?
The Mastiff (also known as the ‘English Mastiff’) is a British breed which descended from the Alaunt and other Molossers thousands of years ago. The word ‘Mastiff’ may come from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘masty’, meaning ‘powerful’. The Mastiff’s ancient origins are with the Molossians, an early Hellenic tribe known for its powerful guard dogs. In Roman times, the Mastiff was employed as a war dog and fighter, pit in the Arena against gladiators, bears, and even elephants. By the Middle Ages, the Mastiff was a popular guard dog and hunter. Unfortunately, it was still forced to fight, matched up against bears, bulls, and lions in popular gambling dens. So sad! Of course not here in America!....hopefully! Many Mastiffs today descend from the Lyme Hall Mastiffs, a line beginning with Sir Peers Legh’s Mastiff, who protected him after he was wounded at the battle of Agincourt in 1415 (a stained glass window in Lyme Hall depicts Sir Legh and his Mastiff to this day). The Mastiff may have arrived in America on the Mayflower; it had certainly arrived by the 1800’s. Mastiffs decreased in popularity in England after bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and lion-baiting were outlawed, but grew in popularity in the U.S throughout the twentieth century, remaining a popular pet and guardian today. For proven reasons, perfect family pets, and charming characters they are now quite popular. Famous fictional Mastiffs include ‘Hercules’ from ‘The Sandlot’ and ‘Kazak’ from Kurt Vonnegut's ‘The Sirens of Titan’.
The Great Mastiff has a shoulder height of 27-30 in (70-76 cm) and weighs 150-200 lbs (68-91 kg). It is the largest breed by weight. In 1989, a English Mastiff named ‘Zorba’ set the Guinness World Record for heaviest dog at 315 lbs (143 kg), measuring over 8 feet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Mastiffs have a very large head with a short, wide muzzle, and ‘V’-shaped ears. They have a flat back, high-set, low hanging tail (clear your coffee tables or they will do it for you!), and large, adorable round feet.
Gorgeous CoatThe Mastiff is a short-haired, fawn (light-yellow brown) coat, which ranges in color from silver to apricot to dark brindle. All Mastiffs have a black mask, ears, and nose. They just steal your heart; they are so precious!
The Mastiff is confident, dignified, and very gentle-natured. Mastiffs rarely bark, but they are not fond of strangers and will defend their territory and family when necessary, making excellent guard dogs. The Mastiff tends to drool during treat training and eating/drinking or exercise.
The Mastiff is generally great with children, and gets along well with other dogs and household pets if properly socialized from an early age. In the words of the 1800 Cynographia Britannica ‘What the lion is to the cat, the Mastiff is to the dog. The noblest of the family, he stands alone, all others sinking before him...I have seen him down with his paw, the Terrier or cur that has bit him, without offering further injury. In a family he will permit the children to play with him and will suffer all their little pranks without offence.’ Yay! Now that's the kind of Doggies we love!
The Mastiff coat requires little attention; dead and loose hairs should be removed with a rubber brush when the Mastiff is shedding. As with all very large dogs, the Mastiff needs a soft place to lie down to avoid pressure marks. The Mastiff has a lifespan of 9-11 years. Common health problems for Mastiffs include hip and elbow dysplasia (malformed joints which can cause lameness or arthritis) and bloat, which can be prevented by placing the dog’s food dish on a raised surface, spacing meals throughout the day, and avoiding exercise immediately after meals. Obesity is also a potential issue for Mastiffs; proper exercise and nutrition are critical. Mastiffs prefer life indoors and outdoors, and are not well suited to hot weather. Which climate control is perfect. Go with what is comfortable to you, and adjust as they desire.
Mastiff training MUST be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, with consistency and understanding. Obedience training at a young age is HIGHLY recommended. Mastiffs are happy to learn, but may refuse to perform tricks they consider pointless. LOL
Even though they are large in size, the adult Mastiff does not require much exercise. Mastiffs enjoy walks or play in a large fenced-in yard. Puppy Mastiffs should not be over exercised, the Mastiff requires all of its energy to grow strong bones and put on weight. Due to their large size and space requirements, Mastiffs are not usually recommended for small apartments.
If you have more questions on these Majestic Creatures.....
Call Anita at 1-605-881-4270