Grooming needs: Minimal
Exercise: Medium, two short daily walks
Environment: Country or suburban, indoor & outdoor
Temperament: Loving, gentle giants
Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
Interesting fact: The Mastiff is an ancient breed — depicted in drawings from some five thousand years back. Historically, they served on estates and battlefields as faithful guard dogs.
Appearance: A massive and well-muscled breed (29” and taller, 180+ lbs), The Mastiff has a deep chest and broad, squareish head with pedant ears and brown eyes. The flat undercoat and short, outer coat typically appears in fawn, apricot or brindle, with dark mask and ears.
Personality: The Mastiff is a combination of docile good nature with a courageous spirit. They will not guard a home so much as the family they are a part of. They are intelligent and sensitive.
Common Health Problems: Potential concerns include hip dysplasia, and PRA, a degenerative eye problem.
Best Match: The breed requires regular exercise, but is not a jogging partner. Due to his size and power, a guardian should be committed to training. He craves attention, and is not suitable (nor is any dog, really) to be left outside as a guard dog. Mastiffs can be overwhelming for someone who is not financially or otherwise prepared to meet their needs. The dogs take up a lot of room in the house and are not very agile. Some also love to give big slobbery kisses! If a Mastiff is a good match for your lifestyle, this dog will reward you with a love as big as s/he is.
Featured Adoptable: Mooshu is an absolutely delightful 7-year-old English Mastiff. He is well socialized and good with dogs and great with people of all ages. He has never been around cats. Mooshu will not be placed where he has access to chickens. He is house trained, has very good house manners and likes to ride and is well-behaved in the car. Mooshu is an absolute gem and will be a wonderful addition to a family. If you are interested in Mooshu, visit mastiffrescueoregon.org, click on adoption info, and submit an application online to schedule a meet and greet. He is located in McMinnville.
Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive.