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.
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?