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History of the breed (Origin)
Mastiffs were the pride of English kings, and, moreover, the English king Henry VIII, sent a battalion of 400 fighting mastiffs to the Spanish king Charles V. The breed, usually called the Mastiff, is called the Old English Mastiff in English-speaking countries. Like the rest of the Mastiff breeds, it is an Old English native of Asia.
Dogs very similar to the modern mastiff have been found on Egyptian frescoes dating from about 3 thousand years BC, and on Babylonian frescoes dating back to 2200 BC. At the same time, it is possible that the English history of the mastiff began not two centuries ago, but much earlier: Julius Caesar wrote that the Celts of the British Isles have huge dogs that fight and die with their owners. Several English fighting dogs were taken to Rome, where they proved their superiority over many others in gladiatorial combat. They were used not only in dog fights, but forced to fight with people, bulls, bears, lions and tigers.
In 1945 there were only 8 dogs of reproductive age left in all of Britain. Fortunately, by this time the good-natured giants had spread quite widely throughout the world, and the reintroduction of puppies from different countries ensured the restoration of mastiffs in their homeland. Now they are used mainly as companion dogs, not forgetting, however, to entrust them with the protection of the owners and their homes.
English Mastiff description
Since when can you train with a mastiff for protection? In our opinion, the first lessons can and should be taken from 8-9 months, once a week, while the approach should be strictly individual. A certain seriality is necessary, i.e. small interruption of classes. [/сolor-box]
Almost all mastiffs have a strong bodyguard instinct, i.e. active behavior in relation to the aggressor in mastiffs is observed most of all precisely when attacking the owner, which can be used to strengthen the grip, restore the dog in stressful situations, in exercises to “turn on”, etc. The mastiff is quite well weaning from the “fixation” on the sleeve. The mastiff bites a person rather reluctantly. In some countries (South Africa), he learns, when arresting an offender, to simply knock him down, which is also quite effective with the size of this breed of dog. Note that with its size, this dog is quite mobile and grandiose, especially if it spends a lot of time in open spaces outside the apartment. A well-trained mastiff copes well with many stressful situations. And if he still passes, then he recovers quite quickly.
A stressful situation should be understood as any non-stereotypical situation that can frighten or surprise a dog. It is to educate the readiness to meet unexpected danger with dignity, without turning the dog into a hysterical, unreasonable aggressor, that the trainer should strive for. Stress for a city dog is not only tests of the Henz type (we have better known as a frontal attack) and various tests of temper, but also the situation when it is necessary to work out in real conditions to protect the owner in the presence of any threat. Some problems when training this breed of dogs arise when training for instant inclusion in a situation, as well as when working without an owner..
In general, English Mastiffs are a healthy breed of dog. However, they are prone to the following diseases:
- Dysplasia of the hip joint
- Urolithiasis disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Cranial cruciate ligament rupture (gonarthrosis)
- Entropion (turn of the century)
- Ectropion (eversion of the eyelid)
- Cherry eye
- Corneal dystrophy
In addition, English Mastiffs are prone to arthritis, obesity, elbow dysplasia and vaginal hyperplasia in bitches..
Estimated price of English Mastiff
In the kennel you can buy a mastiff puppy according to your needs and personal preferences. The price of an English Mastiff puppy ranges from 1000 to 3000 euros, depending on the specific puppy taken.
List of nurseries
- Shulvi Rosean Moscow //www.englishmastiff.ru
- Giant pets, St. Petersburg //www.giantpets.ru
- MASTIFHILLS Moscow www.mastiffhills.ru
Photo of the English Mastiff
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