The Spanish Mastiff (also known as “the great guard dog”) is one of the most popular breeds worldwide. It was originally bred in Spain during the 15th century. Today it’s considered one of the most intelligent and loyal breeds, which makes them perfect guard dogs. They are very adaptable and they have been used since ancient times for hunting, guarding livestock, working on farms and even as therapy animals.
There are many different types of Spanish Mastiffs, but there are two main varieties: the Great Dane and the Mastiff. The differences between these two breeds include their coat color, size, breed history and temperaments. There are several other varieties such as the Spaniard mix, the Pyrenean Mountain dog and others.
All of them have certain traits that make them suitable for specific jobs or situations.
Great Danes are generally larger than Mastiffs, with longer legs and thicker coats. Their heads tend to be bigger too. They’re usually tan or brown in color, although some are black or white.
Some Great Danes may have a bit of a curly tail at the base of their tails. These dogs tend to be more energetic than other varieties of Mastiffs, and they like running around the house while playing fetch with you!
Mastiffs are usually more laid-back than Great Danes, enjoying long naps in the sun more than running around and playing. They’re a bit slower than Great Danes, but they’re sturdier and a lot more powerful. These dogs may even seem lazy at times!
They’re usually dark brown or black in color with a short coat.
So which one is better for you? The Great Dane or the Mastiff?
It really depends on what you want. If you live in a small apartment and you don’t have the ability to run a large dog, then you’re probably better off with a small or medium-sized dog. If you’re looking for something that can guard your property while still being loving and loyal to your family at home, then either one would be suitable!
As for me?
Well, I grew up with a Great Dane so that’s the type of dog I have today. I’ve owned a lot of different dogs in my life, but I just love the massive yet gentle creatures. Maybe I’m a bit biased since I grew up with one, but I’d say that the Great Dane is the best breed of them all.
Whichever you choose, you’re getting a great dog! These are some of the most magnificent animals on earth and they deserve to be treated as such. They’re going to be with you for a long time, so think carefully before you pick one out!
Good luck, and have fun walking your new dog!
Article written by Graham Jarmiak, editor of The Dog Lover Community.
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