English Mastiff


English Mastiff Group II. - Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoid breeds, Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, Section II. - Molossoid.

General Appearance:

English Mastiff s a combination of dignity, grandeur, confidence and courage. It is calm, dull, self-confident, balanced, utterly fearless and essentially good-natured dog. It loves its owner, it is dedicated to them and if necessary is always ready to defend effectively. It must be close to its family, it never should be permanently kept in an outdoor kennel. It guards reliably, by its natural character always with calmness and deliberation.

It is aware of its physical superiority over any alien it usually barks little, as if it knows that fingered to discourage appearance. It behaves to strangers indifferently, shyness or timidity would obviously be highly not acceptable.

Temperament & Behaviour:

Training is usually not a proper complicated procedure because it is a smart dog, fairly docile, friendly, but also sensitive. The base must be soft strictness. Its obedience is not slavish, it never loses its dignity and it must be prepared - useless commands that it might not understand because nobody taught it understand these commands. In such cases, it does not feel nice. Shouting at it is not a correct way how to deal with it. It can lose the trust in owner as a leader of mutual “pack”.
On the contrary you can attract it with warm praise and satisfied instructions. Just appropriately joyful intonation of your voice or positive stimulation it can help during training this dog.

Development of puppies and young adults is relatively slow, it is necessary to give them enough time. There is therefore no reason to try to rush in training, physically at the time they must not be overload.

With other dogs English Mastiff is well tolerated when it is used to them from an early age. So also it needs early, systematic and spontaneous socializing. It is child-friendly, patient and good-natured but it is not good for it when it is disturb all the time by children, etc. It needs own calm.


It's a big, strong, powerful dog harmonious and compact body. Maximum total size is highly required, however, it must be appropriate quality physique and total health of the individual. Standard FCI does not mention withers just it notes that it is important as is the total weight. It must be matched by a corresponding substance, English Mastiff cannot be only large, but also the strong, viewed from front, side or above it never can be “flat”

The head should be viewed from all sides generally rectangular, it is requested to appropriately broad. Its width, measured at the widest point of the zygomatic arches (i.e. bizygomatic). Length is measured from the tip of the nose to the top of the occiput in the ratio 2: 3

The pose must not be by an adult a muzzle too pronounced wrinkles or large amounts of loose skin. The nose is black, broad, seen from the front with well-open nostrils when viewed from the side, flat (are the direct continuation of the muzzle) should never be neither pointed nor turned up ("turned up"). The edges of the two halves of the upper lip is falling at an obtuse angle from the vertical median furrow that goes up to the nose.

Eyelids must fit snugly to the eyeballs, loose eyelids are extremely not required as well as any other eye problems. Ears should be small, thin, wide apart, and as high as the sides of the head, so that when viewed from the front is a continuation of the transverse upper line of the skull at its highest point.

The chest should be broad and deep so that it extends between forelegs low to the ground. The ribs are rounded clearly rounded rear must be sufficiently long and extend close to the hips (far back), the distance between them and the hips should be short. The circumference of the chest is about 1/3 larger than withers.

The flanks are very deep, forelegs must match the length and strength of hindquarters. Shoulders should be massive, slightly oblique, muscled properly as well as the shoulder bone. The elbows should be pointing straight backwards, they must be neither turned in nor out. Forearms are straight, strong, with plenty of bone, their attitude is (front) wide; metacarpus should be perpendicular to the substrate.

Feet should be large, round shape, closed (compact) and arched toes, black-coloured claws. Energetic movement is required, but at the same time light and spacious, smooth and rich, "occupying a lot of land," - comes from the hind legs, which are a source of significant forward momentum (reflection).

Colouration may be apricot (apricot), fawn or brindle (dark lateral stripes on a lighter background). On the muzzle, face and earlobes can be black "mask" that surrounds the eyes and ends over them. Large white markings on the front of the chest, or elsewhere on the body on the feet are not acceptable.