Things to Know Before Owning a Mastiff
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Those that share their home with Mastiffs and Mastiff mixes often describe them as possessing a gentle and loyal disposition that makes them great family dogs. In fact this breed has been nicknamed the ‘Gentle Giant.’ This breed is wonderfully gentle with both children and other pets. They are typically calm, sensitive, docile, good natured, self-confident, patient, stoic and most of all, affectionate! Your Mastiff or Mastiff mix may not understand it cannot be a lap dog!
Mastiffs are usually very low maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming and exercise requirements. The smooth, short coat requires regular brushing and can be wiped with a towel or chamois to obtain a shinier coat. These dogs are fairly light shedders. Mastiffs can be lazy and will not look for exercise. You must provide it. Although this is an exceptionally large and powerful breed daily walks are all that is required to provide adequate exercise and stimulation. For this reason the Mastiff can usually live happily in any environment from an apartment, to a house with a small yard, or in the country with unlimited open space.
They do possess protective tendencies, if a Mastiff suspects danger from the presence of a stranger they will typically pin the intruder in place by cornering them or even sitting on them until a human they know arrives to take over. Most large breed dogs are inclined to conditions such as hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. It is also important to keep your Mastiff or Mastiff mix from becoming obese.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Mastiff for sale from a store, or Mastiff Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Mastiff dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Mastiff breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Mastiffs. There are also Mastiff rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Mastiffs. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Mastiff rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Mastiff dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Mastiff dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Mastiff Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Mastiff focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Mastiff focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!