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The Mastiff Temperament is described as courageous, good-natured, calm, dignified, protective, and affectionate.
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The Mastiff is a dignified breed. They are a great family companion but might not be the breed for everyone. It is important that you understand the Mastiff Temperament before you think of adopting one!
In the last 500 years or so, the Mastiff has gone through all of change. Originally, they were bred to be combat dogs. The Mastiff Temperament was well suited to guard troops and also fight alongside them. They were also used to fight human and animals at the Roman Coliseum. As of now, the Mastiff Temperament is well suited to be a massive, wonderful companion for their human friends.
Are Mastiffs Good Family Dogs?
The Mastiff Temperament is such that they can be very protective, yet gentle. They are very good with children and mean well, but because they are so big in size, small children should not be left alone around a Mastiff. They are very protective, nurturing and patient. They love to run around with children in yards and attach themselves deeply to the people that they love. They are big, drooling babies who really sometimes do not understand how big they are! They will try to climb into couches to cuddle with you. They might even want to join you in bed for a snuggle!
While the Mastiff is a great watchdog, they do also have the capacity to be a great guard dog.
Are Mastiffs Good Apartment Dogs?
Given their size, Mastiffs are not as suitable for apartment living. They should be in a house that is large enough for them to be able to move around freely. They can be almost 200 pounds at times and need to have some space to feel comfortable. Given that the Mastiff is already very loud and rowdy, if they are not given enough time to exercise and get their excessive energy out they can become very destructive and chew on your furniture, clothes and even on the carpet!
While in a yard, Mastiffs need to be fenced in . They will not go too far but sometimes their protector instinct might make them more prone to wanting to chase away other dogs, cats, squirrels, and possibly even other people! For their own safety, it is wise to just keep them fenced in.
Are Mastiffs Easy to Train?
The Mastiff huge people pleasers and love to spend time with their family members. This is why, while training a Mastiff it is useful to generate a lot of positive reinforcement to get the work done. Of course, they love treats as well and so you can always use some of your leftovers to coax them into a training session. It is never a good idea to be mean to or harsh with a Mastiff because that will just give them a reason to shut down and you will not see any productivity from them.
It is very important to start the training of the Mastiff from a very young age. The larger the dog gets, the harder it is to train them and control their bad habits. They also need to be socialized from when they are very young for the same reason! If they have not been socialized from a very young age, it is possible for the extremely protective part of the Mastiff Temperament to kick in. They can become suspicious of strangers and might not be able to accept visitors at their houses. They also need to understand that if children are playing with them, they are not being an immediate danger to them. The same goes for the Mastiff Temperament towards other animals. They need to be socialized with them from early childhood to avoid all complications.
Lastly, Mastiffs are very loud dogs. They will be making a lot of noise. They mean well and really do not even know that they are so loud. It happens to be a shrill noise since they’re so big. Therefore, it is even more important to train your Mastiff so that they can stop barking on command. They will also snore, drool, snort, wheeze and suffer from extreme flatulence. While this might be annoying to some, most Mastiff owners find these to be lovable qualities of their massive best friend.