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Below you will find the English Mastiff Breed Standards and requirements for this breed in the major Dog Kennel Clubs such as UKC and the AKC.
- Overall Appearance: The English Mastiff is a massive, large, well proportioned dog. He carries himself with a natural exertion of strength and dignity. Both males and female have a powerful structure, although females may be considerably small.
- Head: The English Mastiff has a truly massive head, no matter at what angle it is viewed. Eyes are wide set, dark brown, and the expression of this beast is of gentleness and kindness while maintaining alertness in it’s eyes. Ears are v shaped, dark, and small when compared to the head. They droop just below the eye. The muzzle, ears, and the eyes should almost match in color. The skull is broad and flat between the hanging ears. The muzzle is half of the length of the skull.
- Neck and Body: The neck of the English Mastiff is not too long, yet it is powerful with a slight arch. While the body of the dog may display looser skin, the neck has relatively tight skin. This dog’s topline should be straight, level, and firm, not swaybacked, roached, or dropping off sharply behind the high point of the rump. The chest is very round and broad.
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- Forequarters and Hindquarters: Shoulders are moderately sloping, powerful and muscular. Hindquarters broad, wide and muscular. Thighs are well developed, with an exceptionally strong hock.
- Coat: The EM’s outer coat is straight, coarse, and short. Undercoat is dense, short, and lies close to the body. Never curly or fringed.
- Color: English Mastiffs are just a few colors. They can be fawn, brindle, or apricot. Brindles must have an apricot base coat color with dark stripes. The eyes, nose, ears, mask, and around the lips and eyes should be as dark as possible.
- Gait: The English Mastiff’s gait is a strong, powerful movement. Rear legs move with an essence of power, while front legs have a good, fluid reach.
- Size: Male dogs should reach a minimum of 30 inches at the shoulder. Females should reach a minimum of 27½ inches at the shoulder.
- Temperament: Courageous, dignified, good natured, and docile. Never shy or vicious. Medium energy level.
English Mastiff Breed History
The English Mastiff was first recognized by AKC in 1885. This breed is commonly referred to as the “Old English Mastiff.” Julius Caesar mentioned this breed of dogs as far back as 55 BC when he invaded Britain. Their origins are hunters and great warriors.
List of English Mastiff Breeders
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