The English Mastiff, more commonly known as just the mastiff, is truly a gentle giant. Known for their large size and profound strength, the Mastiff is also highly affectionate and extremely playful for his size.
Here are some fun Mastiff facts!
1. They need at least 6-8 cups of dog food daily just to maintain their body weight.
2.The Mastiff gets the prize for largest breed of dog. The heaviest dog ever recorded was a Mastiff named Zorba who weighed 343 pounds. The and measured 8 feet and 3 inches from nose to tail.
3. Mastiffs rarely ever bark and when they do it’s normally to warn their family.
4. They are known to snore loudly at night due to their long soft palate.
5. Mastiffs can come in a variety of colors being fawn, brindle, or apricot.
6. The Mastiff is a popular breed among the stars! Some PetParent’s of Mastiffs past have been Kirstie Alley, Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, and Michael Bay (who cast his Mastiff in several of his films).
7. They normally have litters of around 10 to 12 puppies, but the largest litter recorded was 24 puppies.
8. An average Mastiff will live to be about 10 years old, the oldest Mastiff recorded lived to be 15 years old.
9. As large dogs, they do require exercise, but should not be exercised until after they’ve stopped growing at 18 months of age.