American Mastiff – Is there room in your life for this massive breed?
The American Mastiff is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They are known as “the king of the hill” because they have been bred to do many things. Some examples include guard dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, hunting dogs and even therapy animals. There are several different types of american mastiffs, but all of them share some common traits:
They are medium sized dogs with short legs and long bodies. They weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Their coats vary from light colored to dark colored. Some varieties have black or brown fur while others have white or tan fur.
Their ears are large and pointed. Their eyes are almond shaped and their noses are small. They have no visible facial hair except on the muzzle which is usually covered with a single layer of soft undercoat.
Some varieties have a heavy body build while others tend toward being leaner than average. They can live between 8 and 12 years.
American mastiff temperament
The temperament of an american mastiff will vary from one dog to another. This is true for all breeds of dogs. However, it is possible to create a good estimate based on the type of breed and the breeding history of that specific dog.
As family dogs: American mastiffs make excellent family pets. They are nurturing to children and protective of their owners. They are generally docile and easy going. They also get along well with other dogs and some types of pets if they are properly trained to do so as a puppy.
As guard dogs: Many people believe that large, heavily built dog breeds make the best guard dogs. This may be true sometimes, but many smaller breeds will sound the alarm when a stranger approaches.
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