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Some dog breeders produce inbred puppies to minimize costs and to maximize their desired features. Even when purebred puppies are not from related parents, they have a high risk of having temperament and intelligence issues. Dogs that are bred to strongly have features from their breed have less diverse genes; this increases their risk of having hereditary diseases. For example, some toy breeds that are bred to be teacup size have trouble breathing because their airways are not firm. The chances of this feature being passed down from a teacup size parent to its teacup size puppy increases if the other parent also shares this feature. Mixed breed dogs, however, due to their less concentrated genetic information have lower chances of developing hereditary health problems and those that are inherent to their breed such as difficulty in breathing, joint pain, and shallow eye sockets.
Mastiff-type breeds have a rich history as the first domesticated dogs known to aid humans from one empire to the next. This allowed us to know that the strength, intelligence, and trainability of Mastiffs are not just specific to the ones we own, but are present in most Mastiff breeds all over the world. Because Mastiffs have been historically used as guard dogs, their owners today rely on this great skill of theirs. Their loyalty and instinct to protect and defend their owners make them desirable for many. Their characteristics however, do not exempt them from complications arising from interbreeding. Because of their huge size, purebred Mastiffs are known to experience joint pain from carrying their weight, stomach illnesses that result from their deep chests, and heart diseases. The avoidance of these possible illnesses, along with people’s desire for variety, increased the popularity of breeding Mastiffs with other breeds features and traits that are as desirable.
Here are some of the most popular and intelligent mastiff mix breeds that are sought after all over the world:
Mastiff x American Bulldog
American Bandogges are a rare mix breed. They have wide, heavy, and rectangular bodies that make them intimidatingly large and strong dogs. Their physical strength is made obvious by their prominent muscles that they developed from their active lifestyles.
American Bandogges are fond of children, protective, caring, playful, and extremely loyal to its owner. They make amazing family dogs because they can double as children’s playmates and guard dogs. They are generally calm, but their instinct to protect their human families at all costs compels them to aggressively pounce on intruders. Even though they are playful, they are gentle to other household pets that they have grown up with. It is recommended for dog owners who have existing puppies to buy an American Bandogge puppy instead of a fully grown dog.
Owners who are looking to own American Bandogges require a lot of patience and sternness. They are intelligent dogs, but to be able to train them, owners have to assert their dominance over their American Bandogges. The challenge of training this mix breed makes them not the most suitable ones for first time dog owners.
Boxer x Mastiff
They have floppy ears, brown coat, white chest, and black faces, as if wearing masks. Weighing between 70 to 100 pounds when fully grown, Boxmases are a large, lean, muscular and intimidating mix breed. Maintenance for Boxmases is easy as long as they get their daily exercise and are allowed to to play, be it on a yard or park. They love toys, but they need tougher ones as they have a tendency to destroy them all from rough play. They have short and dense coats with water-repellent hair.
Contrary to their tough looks, they are actually playful and quite social with other pets. Although they are loyal, affectionate, and devoted to their family owners, they have a tendency to become a one-owner dog if early training is not provided. Boxmases learn new tricks fairly quickly, but like in many other breeds, other practical tasks can be challenging for them. As the name suggests, the Boxmas mixed breed comes from the Boxer and the Mastiff breeds, sharing behavioral qualities of both breeds. This dedicated mixed breed is a good guard dog because it is not known to be a nuisance barker. They are observant, alert, and watchful to their surroundings and can effectively attack intruders; they don't do well with visitors as they are territorial, but great with family members they’re familiar with and children. Boxmases are very affectionate dogs who can be overprotective of their home and property. Their intimidating looks are deceiving, but because of their generally wonderful personalities, they get along with other pets such as dogs and cats really well.
Mastiff x Bullmastiff
Doubull-Mastiffs have square and stocky torsos that can weigh around 150 pounds once they’ve fully grown. Although not quite as tall as purebred Mastiffs, this mixed breed is a tall dog with a muscular body and a large build. Their coats are often sand-colored or brown with streaks of black. They can be intimidating with their dark eyes, high-set V-shaped ears, and broad, deep muzzle, but ones that have undergone training as puppies are sufficiently social. Doubull-Mastiffs have short and soft coats that are nice for cuddling.
Doubull-Mastiffs are great family dogs as they are very friendly and protective. Their loyalty, intelligence, and alertness as pets make them stand out as guard dogs and companions. However, to truly maximize their innate skills and tendencies, early training and socialization are critical for them as puppies. As dog owners, we will benefit from training them and instilling queues to them as puppies as this mixed breed can be stubborn. Owners must stay dominant to enforce rules and routines that Doubull-Mastiffs should know by the time they’re fully grown.
Mastiff x Great Dane
Daniffs are considered gentle giants because even though they’re really tall and large dogs, they still like hugs and belly rubs like lap dogs typically would. They weigh over 100 pounds when fully grown.
Daniff are protective, sweet, and loving to people and other animals. They are good-natured and loyal toward their owners and children, making them great big lap dogs. Even though Daniffs running toward us might be intimidating, this large mixed breed is known for their caring, gentle, and protective nature for their human owners. Once they form a strong bond with their human owners, they easily get used to socializing with the other pets. Daniffs are curious dogs with laid back personalities. Daniffs can be stubborn at times, but learn fast with the right kind of motivation. Their strong sense of identifying people’s personalities makes them excellent watchdogs. They are not aggressive to average passersby, but will bark at suspicious of strangers until they are sure that these people can be trusted.
Great Pyrenees x Mastiff
Maspyrs have large heads, medium length muzzles, and mouths that appear to be smiling. They have large brown eyes that also express their gentleness and warmth. On average a 3 month old Maspyr puppy weighs about 46.5 pounds, similar to a purebred English Mastiff puppy. Maspyr puppies have sand-colored coats that turn lighter as they mature. Like the Mastiffs, Maspysr have a short coat. As a crossbreed of 2 large dogs, Maspyrs are bordering on giant. It resembles the Great Pyrenees with its short neck and light shaded thick coat. Maspyrs often have dark markings on their bodies and faces. They have sturdy and powerful frames with a large upward curling tail that hangs below the level of their bodies.
Maspyrs are giant-sized mixed breeds that serve as family companions and great guard dogs. Since Maspyrs are big in size and strength, they are best suited for owners who can train them to do tricks and follow rules. Their owners should also be able to supervise their socialization with other humans and dogs to develop their innate friendliness. New dog owners are better off with smaller mixed breeds as owning this big dog is an even bigger responsibility.
Mastiff x Labrador Retriever
Mastadors are brown in color with expressive eyes, medium length snouts unlike that of Labradors, floppy ears that can perk up, long muscular legs, and a long tail. The fur along their backbones grown in the opposite direction, making them looks thicker in the center while the rest of their furs are short. Mastadors are a very strong and large mixed breed. A 7 months old puppy Mastador can weigh about 60 pounds, while fully grown ones can weigh over 150 pounds.
Mastadors are very active pets. They great with older children but not so with smaller ones as they have no sense of how big they are. They jump high and like snuggling to their human families and may knock smaller children over by accident doing so. They make great family dogs once trained to behave well. Mastadors are easy to train; they love learning tricks and respond well to encouragement, praise, and rewards. Mastadors are very loving, sweet, and friendly dogs that make great companions, although they tend to be anxious and destructive if left alone at home. Mastadors would not do well in very cold climates because of their lack of excess body fat and their short fur. They love playing in the snow but should not be left outdoors during rain and snow falls.
All my life I've been in love with one big friendly dopey Mastiff family member after another. No other breed has given me so much pleasure. I care about them as much if not more than most of the people I've ever known and now it's a dream to be able to research and write up everything my team and I have learned and are continuing to learn. Hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoy writing :)
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