The English Mastiff is a very old breed originated in Asia many thousands of years ago. They were originally bred as a guard and watch dogs. They are natural guardians of family and home and they are described as gentle giants, as they are calm, loving, and good-natured with children and other animals. English Mastiffs are heavy boned, and have a powerful and muscularbody. They enjoy the companion of their family and need close contact with them.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer, generally affecting large and giant breed. The first sign of osteosarcoma is lameness, but the dog will need x-rays to determine if the cause is cancer.
- Canine heart disease is a serious Mastiff issue- especially subaortic stenosis,cardiomyopathy, and mitral valve disease. Regular heart exams can increase the chances of catching these conditions early.