- Other names:
- English Mastiff
- Grand Mastiff
Originally bred for war, the mastiff is one of the heaviest and oldest dog breeds in the world. While the mastiff's ancestors were fierce war dogs, the mastiff today has a docile kind-hearted temperament making the breed perfect for any family that can manage the dog's size and doesn't mind a bit of drool.
The breed is known for their companionship and enduring care and love for their family. They make excellent guard and watch dogs, as most intruders (and guests) are intimidated by a 220 dog watching them approach their property. The dog's size does take a toll on their body as the average mastiff lifespan is roughly 60% the lifespan of the average dog.