Mastiff rescues are found all over the United States, and some larger regional rescues include the Great Plains Mastiff Rescue and the Southern States Mastiff Rescue. The mastiff, also referred to as the English mastiff, is a British breed dating back several thousand years.
In Roman times, the mastiff was employed as a war dog and was pit again gladiators in the arena. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1885.
The mastiff stands between 27 and 30 inches tall and typically weighs between 150 and 200 pounds. Despite its large size, the breed only requires a moderate amount of exercise. They are also not recommended for apartment living.
The mastiff is known to be good with children and can get along with other dogs well if properly socialized at an early age. They are considered gentle-natured, but they defend their families and territory when necessary, making them good guard dogs.
The breed has a short-haired coat requiring minimal care. Dead hairs should be brushed out when they are shedding. As with all large breed dogs, the mastiff requires a soft spot to lay down, as they are prone to developing pressure marks. Common health problems include hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. They have a lifespan between 9 and 11 years.