English Mastiff Puppies — Silent Guardians
This gentle giant may be a born guard dog, but his gentle and relaxed nature makes him a wonderful companion.
If you are looking for a gentle and forgiving companion with the instincts to protect your home and family, an English Mastiff puppy just may be your first choice! This giant breed can be excellent with children when socialized well as a young puppy, and can even thrive within an apartment! He is adaptable with your gentle and assertive leadership, quiet and loyal.
The quiet guard dog
Originally created to be a guard dog, the English Mastiff is not a barker. He does, however, vigilantly protect his human pack and territory from intruders. Due to his protective nature, he must be well versed in obedience starting from a very young age so that he has a strong foundation in obeying his human leaders. Socialization from a young age is also a requirement for this breed so that they don't become reserved or even fear aggressive towards strangers, as their instinctual drive to guard and protect may outweigh their friendly nature without this important exposure as a puppy.
His socialization exposure is more than just seeing or meeting people and pets, but should also be done in a controlled and positive manner. He should have a wonderful experience in each socialization session so that he welcomes the attention of others instead of shy’s away from it. His training must be consistent and persistent throughout his puppy hood and into adult life to maintain a calm and relaxed companion. He will naturally guard and defend unless his owner gives him a command to do otherwise.
When your mastiff does decide he needs to offer protection, he does not attack the threat, but instead will trap it in an area until his humans arrive, or lay on top of the threat to pin it down. Mastiffs are not prone to biting unless the situation is life threatening. With training, your English Mastiff puppy can easily learn commands so that he knows when to be on guard and when he can relax.
The healthy mastiff
With mastiffs being so large, they come with their own plethora of possible health problems. One prominent health issue being obesity brought on from eating too much and not exercising enough. This breed may be happy to lay around your apartment all day and night, but it is detrimental to his mental and physical health. Prone to laziness, you must provide daily exercise for him to keep him fit and his body functioning properly. A simple daily walk or play in the dog park will be enough. However, if the temperatures are in the extremes, avoid any unnecessary time outdoors. They are prone to over heating easily and their short fur does not protect them well against the biting cold.
When feeding such a large breed, even as a puppy, you should consider offering two to three meals a day. Divide up the amount he needs each day into these smaller portions at meal times instead of allowing him to each one large amount once a day. Doing so will help limit the chances of bloat in your puppy and especially as an adult or senior. Bloat is a deadly condition in which the dog's stomach can become entangled in his intestines. This is an emergency situation that requires surgery.
The English Mastiff is also prone to hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. Before you purchase your puppy from the breeder you have chosen, ask if they conduct yearly genetic health testing on their breeding dogs. When a responsible breeder has these tests done on their dogs, they can make educated decisions on which dogs to breed, and to whom they should breed to so that they can help to eliminate these painful and debilitating diseases from the puppies that they produce.
All around dog
Even though these dogs were used as gladiators in 3000 BC, and also used for dog fighting up until modern times, the English Mastiff puppy is extremely docile and carries a calm nature. He is a safe and gentle family pet, as he is trustworthy around even rambunctious children. With assertive and gentle training, he will not only be your loyal guard dog but he will be a best friend, too!