Choosing From the Many Types of Mastiff

When talking about mastiffs, you are not actually just talking about one breed of dog. Sure, the term Mastiff properly refers to the English Mastiff, but it also is used for the many types of mastiff or molosser-type dogs that share the lineage and the general traits of the mastiff breed.

What are the mastiffs known for? Based on their appearance alone, you can tell that these dogs are very capable guard dogs with their sheer size and strength backed by their courage and their natural protective instinct.  However, molosser-type dogs are also popular because they have been found to be good as family dogs. They are usually very calm and very affectionate to their masters.  They can also go along well with children.

Apart from the English Mastiff, there are actually many types of mastiff and it would be best if you familiarize yourself with the different breeds before you purchase one for you and your family.

The Tibetan Mastiff

Like the other mastiffs, this one is also wary of strangers and is very protective of its masters and its territory. They also possess strong wills and can be very independent. However, what sets this breed apart from other molosser-type dogs is that this comes with a long, thick, and beautiful coat.

The Pyrenean Mastiff

This one also comes with a long coat, like the Tibetan mastiff. Other than its coat, what sets this one apart? Well, this one is described as a dog that has a clear understanding of its capabilities. This knowledge makes dogs of this breed generally able to get along well with other animals and people, as long as these aren’t perceived as threats to the dog’s master.

The French Mastiff

Smaller in size than the English Mastiff, this mastiff breed might be best for those who don’t have much room to keep a large dog. Still, even though they are a little bit smaller, that doesn’t make them the least reliable of the breeds. The French Mastiff, even if it has become gentler with breeding, is still a better choice to make a guard dog.

The Anatolian Mastiff

The Anatolian Mastiff, or the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, is a good choice for those who want to engage in a lot of activity with their pet dog. This breed is known to be slender and agile. They have super capabilities for speed and endurance and you might even find a challenge when trying to keep up with a dog like this.

The Brazilian Mastiff

Mastiff plus Bloodhound, this wrinkly breed is one that requires obedience training. This is because the Brazilian mastiff, in general, does not like people.  You can only train it so that it will only follow its master and won’t attack anyone without its master’s permission. Currently, breeders are trying to make this breed more mellow.

The Neapolitan Mastiff

This breed might just be the most wrinkly of all the Mastiff breeds. They share the same qualities as the other mastiffs though, as they are calm although wary of strangers. They are, however, more territorial than the English Mastiff.

The Bullmastiff

Crossing a Bulldog with a Mastiff gave way to this breed, which is shorter and stockier than the rest of the mastiffs. Taking from their Bulldog heritage, they are more energetic and need more exercise.

The Spanish Mastiff

Finally, there’s the Spanish mastiff which is not as affectionate as the other mastiffs. However, it makes up for this by being very loyal, very protective, and extremely territorial. Assign it as the guardian of your home and you’ll be very happy.

That’s it for the many types of Mastiff. Have you found out which one is best for you yet?


  1. says

    The Pyrenean Mastiff can be an extremely large dog, males 77 cm (30 in) additionally females 71 cm (28 in) while in the withers, although they can count on 81 cm (32 in). They desire a heavy white coat utilizing large darker spots. The average weight is just about 180 pounds, although males may well weigh over 220 pounds. The particular Phoenician traders acquired mastiffs in Assyria and Sumaria. These dogs were purchased out of Spain where they were actually bred as working dogs and helpful to protect and drive the substantial flocks of sheep to and while in the grassy pastures. The average dog usually encountered the responsibility for about 200 sheep – and five to six dogs would be used to look at charge of around 1000 thought process of sheep. In their work of protecting the herd i was holding assisted by the shepherd dog today referred to as Gos d’Atura Catala (Catalan Sheepdog). The Pyrenean Mastiff remains influenced from the blood relating to molosser dogs. Two large and powerful breeds resulted due to this influence. The French raised their dogs that belongs to them direction and style, hence becoming a characteristic type that later became referred to as Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees (Pyrenean Large batch Dog/Great Pyrenees). In the particular Lower Pyrenees, the Spanish chose to remain seated with the traditional type animals, working dogs that were extra primitive and wide and reduced refined.

  2. George Wright says

    The Pyrenean Mastiff seems to be the one for my family.
    If possible it will probably sleep on our bed and be with us all the time.We are an active family with a huge love for our animals.
    Price is the only thing that will keep us away.
    Thanks again.

  3. Melissa says

    You forgot to mention my favorite kind of mastiff, the German Mastiff (aka Great Danes). :-)

  4. Tanya benavides says

    We currently own our 4th mastiff,who is a direct decendant of our first-a Spanish mastiff named diablo.we had no idea what being owned by a mastiff entailed;the joy,the love,the heartbreak,the pride.i was even present when my husbands female mastiff,Luna,took 2bullets from an overzealous rookie sheriffs deputy..all because she was trying to save me.these dogs are protective,not’d have to give them no other option but to I said,being large dogs,they’ll break your heart..but they make sure theres

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