As early as 3000 B.C., drawings on monuments in Egypt depict the massive Mastiff. When Caesar noticed the fearless Mastiff fighting alongside British soldiers, he was so impressed that he brought many of them back home to Rome to fight lions and human gladiators. Later, the Mastiff became the popular choice of peasants, who used the breed to protect their home and control the wolf population.
Today, Mastiffs continue to make excellent guard dogs, as they are loyal to their owners. They are actually quite gentle and rarely act on their threats, and in general, the only precaution needed around children is due to the enormous size of the Mastiff. In fact, the largest Mastiff on record weighed in at 343 lbs (the size of a small donkey!). Because of their size, Mastiffs are best suited for country or suburban life. They require minimal exercise and grooming.
Although a strong and sturdy breed, English Mastiffs are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Mastiffs are prone to include joint problems such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia; heart conditions such as pulmonic stenosis; and eye issues such as cataracts and entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your English Mastiff inherits more than just a healthy appetite, you’re covered.