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Mastiff history personality and lifespan



Mastiff history

Many Mastiffs in Europe have Tibetan Mastiff blood. The same goes for the Neapolitan Mastiff. Its roots are said to be 3000 BC, but according to reliable records, it is a direct ancestor of a fighting dog called "Molossus Mastiff" who participated in the ancient Roman army led by Alexander the Great. It was developed in Italy from the desire to make a strong dog like the English Mastiff, and the prototype of the Neapolitan Mastiff was born. Breeders in Naples, Southern Italy, deliberately modified the Neapolitan Mastiff not only for its physical strength but also for its apparent fearsomeness, to make it a guard dog for land and property. The breed first appeared on the official stage in Naples in 1946 and was recognized by the FCI (World Canine Federation) in 1949. It was approved in the UK in 1995 and in the US in 2004.

The personality of the Mastiff 

Confident, proud, and stubborn. It is a very self-paced dog that has a strong sense of independence and pushes forward with self-judgment. However, I will obey the orders of my trusted master absolutely faithfully no matter what. It is very powerful and has an aggressive personality, so unless you are confident and well-trained, it will become unmanageable. They usually lie on their backs, but when they move, they are powerful and agile.

How to train a mastiff

Mastiff are strong and large, so training is essential. It is a relatively easy dog ​​breed to train as it is obedient and has a good memory.

In order to prevent accidents, of course, teach your dog how to apply force, but also teach him to "wait" so that he can respond to pulling, jumping, and walking while walking.

Since it is an oversized dog (very large dog), one of the ways to train it is to have a dog trainer train it.

Be consistent and affectionate

Consistency and affection are important to gain your dog's trust. If your approach is consistent and coherent, your dog will know how to act, trust you, and truly love you.

On the other hand, if the owner is in a mood and responds inconsistently, the dog will be confused as to which direction to follow. Try not to change the way you respond or affection from day to day, and be consistent.

A cautious mastiff should learn social skills

Mastiffs are generally friendly and gentle, but some individuals are wary and show strong rejection towards other people and dogs.

In order to live in harmony with humans and play well with other dogs, it is essential for them to learn social skills. Learning basic discipline such as toileting, "waiting" and "sit", increase opportunities to learn relationships with others by attending dog runs and discipline classes.

Discipline from an early age

Dog training should ideally begin at an early age. In particular, the period between 3 and 13 weeks of age is a valuable time when babies can flexibly absorb various things.

During this period, let your child come into contact with various people and things, cultivate their social skills, and at the same time train them to understand the rules of society. By continuing to be patient, you will be able to listen to what you say properly.

Mastiff walking style and amount of exercise

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A mastiff who needs a lot of exercises. Since indoor exercise is not enough, take your dog for an hour walk every morning and evening. 

Plenty of walks for the obese Mastiff

Mastiffs are large and easily overweight. For health, it is necessary to build enough muscles from a young age, so don't neglect daily walks and exercise. However, hard exercise such as sprinting puts a load on the heart and joints, so please let them walk slowly for a long time.

Avoid walking or exercising after meals

Large dogs, such as mastiffs, are prone to stomach and intestinal problems. Avoid taking a walk or exercising immediately after eating as it will put a strain on your stomach. Have your child eat slowly and take long breaks after meals.

The lifespan of the Mastiff

Mastiff's life expectancy is around 10 years. Oversized dogs like Mastiffs tend to have a relatively short lifespan among dogs because their organs, such as the heart, are small relative to their body size, which puts a lot of strain on their bodies.

However, if the owner pays attention to the health condition and consults with a veterinarian as soon as possible if there is something to worry about, the dog will live longer if the disease is detected early and treated.

Diseases of the Mastiff

Gastric dilatation/volvulus

It is a disease that is common in large-breed dogs and causes the stomach to expand and twist due to a large amount of gas. If the symptoms are severe, it can cause serious symptoms because it compresses the blood vessels around the stomach.

If symptoms such as feeling restless, being unable to vomit, or profuse drooling appear, suspect gastric dilatation or torsion. Also, this disease can be an emergency, so if you think something is suspicious, contact a veterinarian immediately.


Arthritis is a disease that causes damage to the cartilage of the joints and causes chronic pain as it progresses and worsens. Abnormal load on joints such as obesity and trauma, as well as articular cartilage abnormalities such as aging and genetic diseases, are thought to be the causes of its onset.

  • it takes time to get up
  • dislike going up and down stairs
  • limp
  • It hurts when I touch my foot
  • Personality tends to withdraw

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, take your pet to your veterinarian.

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