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American Mastiff
American Mastiff.jpg
Country of origin United States
Traits
Weight Male 73–91 kg (160–200 lb)
Female 64–82 kg (140–180 lb)
Height Male 32–36 in
Female 28–34 in
Coat Smooth, short-haired and easy to groom
Color Colors are fawn, apricot and brindle. White markings acceptable on feet, chest and chin/nose.
Life span 10-12 years

American Mastiff is a term that refers to a molosser-type dog that was created over 20 years ago by crossing an English Mastiff and an Anatolian Mastiff dog, a very old mastiff breed known for its intelligence and lengthy lifespan for a large breed.

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General

In an attempt to address issues of hip displasia, drooling, and a short lifespan, Fredericka Wagner of Flying W Farms crossed an English Mastiff with an Anatolian Mastiff, a very old mastiff breed known for its intelligence and lengthy lifespan for a large breed. Through very selective breeding, the American Mastiff was born. The American Mastiff looks similar to the English Mastiff. This line is relatively new, so it is ineligible for registration in most breed registries. Registries with less stringent requirements may recognize a new breed with recent history, such as the Continental Kennel Club's recognition of the line as purebred in 2000. American Mastiffs were bred to be family dogs, not show dogs. There are 10 authorized breeders in North America/Canada which comprise the American Mastiff Breeders Council (AMBC) and whose dogs' bloodlines can be traced exclusively back to Flying W Farms. This is not the same as a Panja, which has lines of Pitbull and Rottweiler.

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Unique Characteristics of the American Mastiff

American Mastiffs are generally calm and quiet dogs and are wonderful with children. They are loyal and loving dogs who are not usually aggressive unless they need to protect their people.

Though they probably wouldn't choose to exercise daily, a steady routine will keep them more fit and happier. It is good for their mental and physical health to be out and walking regularly.

Their grooming is easy due to their short-haired and smooth coat. They can easily be shampooed and shined by drying them after bathing, then brushing their coat with a brush with firm bristles. Though they do shed, they shed no more than the average dog.

Description

American Mastiff dog comes in three colors including fawn, apricot and brindle. Puppies are born dark in color and tend to lighten as they get older. American Mastiffs attain their true color by the time they turn one year old. In this breed of Mastiff dog, white markings on their chin, nose, chest and feet are acceptable. All American Mastiffs must exhibit a black mask in order to meet the breed standard.

The head should be wide, heavy and rectangular in shape with high-set rounded ears. A medium-sized muzzle should be well-proportioned to the rest of the head. The neck should be powerful with a slight arch, leading to a straight and muscular back. The chest should be deep, broad and well-rounded. Forelegs should be strong, straight and set well apart, while the hind legs should be wide and parallel. The dog should be 32 to 36 inches at the shoulder with females standing at 28 to 34. American Mastiff puppies are usually dark in color; however, as they mature their color tends to lighten. Common American Mastiff colors are fawn, apricot and brindle. The dog should have a temperament that is loving and devoted to its family, especially children. A loyal and calm dog, the American Mastiff should be non-aggressive except when its family is threatened. In those instances, they become fierce and courageous guard dogs.

Temperament

The American Mastiffs love children and are totally devoted to their families. Dignity rather than gaiety; quiet, calm, loving, loyal and devoted. They should be protective, but not aggressive. They are neither shy nor vicious. This dog breed is not for everyone but, for the right owner and family, they are loving and loveable companions and are docile and gentle.

Height, Weight

Height: Females 28-34 inches. Males 32-36 inches. Weight: Females 140-180+ pounds. Males 160-200+ pounds.

Health Problems

American Mastiffs tend to be healthy and happy dogs with fewer reported incidents of many of the health problems generally seen in other large breeds.

Living Conditions

Contrary to some other large breeds, this breed of Mastiff dog will get along perfectly well in an apartment as long as they are exercised daily. This can be a daily walk or short run. Usually even a small fenced yard will do just fine, as they tend to be a little on the lazy side as they get older. They are relatively inactive indoors ("couch potatoes").

Exercise

Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy but they will keep fitter and happier if given regular exercise. Like all dogs, the American Mastiff should be taken on daily regular walks to help release its mental and physical energy. It's in a dogs nature to walk. As with any breed, it is best if they are leashed in public. The American Mastiff can do acceptably well in a small household or apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. They are comparatively inactive indoors, so their ideal living conditions would consist of at least a small yard or daily walks.

Life Expectancy

American Mastiffs typically live for 10 to 12 years.

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American Mastiff
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Country of origin United States
Traits
Weight Male Template:Convert/–
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Height Male Template:Convert/–
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Coat Smooth, short-haired and easy to groom
Color Colors are fawn, apricot and brindle. White markings acceptable on feet, chest and chin/nose.
Life span 10–12 years
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The American Mastiff is a molosser-type dog that was created over 20 years ago by Fredericka Wagner of Flying W Farms by crossing an English Mastiff and an Anatolian Mastiff.[1]

The photograph displayed in the American Mastiff article to the right is of an American Bandogge Mastiff, not an American Mastiff.

Contents

General

In an attempt to address issues of hip displasia, drooling, and a short lifespan, Fredericka Wagner of Flying W Farms crossed an English Mastiff with an Anatolian Shepherd, a very old mastiff breed known for its intelligence and lengthy lifespan for a large breed. Through very selective breeding, the American Mastiff was born. The American Mastiff looks similar to the English Mastiff. This line is relatively new, so it is ineligible for registration in most breed registries. Registries with less stringent requirements may recognize a new breed with recent history, such as the Continental Kennel Club's recognition of the line as purebred in 2000. American Mastiffs were bred to be family dogs, not show dogs. There are 10 authorized breeders in North America/Canada which comprise the American Mastiff Breeders Council (AMBC) and whose dogs' bloodlines can be traced exclusively back to Flying W Farms. This is not the same as a Panja, which has lines of Pitbull and Rottweiler.

Characteristics of the American Mastiff

American Mastiffs are generally calm and quiet dogs and are wonderful with children. They are loyal and loving dogs who are not usually aggressive unless they need to protect their people.[2]

Though they probably wouldn't choose to exercise daily, a steady routine will keep them more fit and happier. It is good for their mental and physical health to be out and walking regularly.

Their grooming is easy due to their short-haired and smooth coat. They can easily be shampooed and shined by drying them after bathing, then brushing their coat with a brush with firm bristles. Though they do shed, they shed no more than the average dog.

Description

American Mastiff dog comes in three colors including fawn, apricot and brindle. Puppies are born dark in color and tend to lighten as they get older. American Mastiffs attain their true color by the time they turn one year old. In this breed of Mastiff dog, white markings on their chin, nose, chest and feet are acceptable. All American Mastiffs must exhibit a black mask in order to meet the breed standard.

The head should be wide, heavy and rectangular in shape with high-set rounded ears. A medium-sized muzzle should be well-proportioned to the rest of the head. The neck should be powerful with a slight arch, leading to a straight and muscular back. The chest should be deep, broad and well-rounded. Forelegs should be strong, straight and set well apart, while the hind legs should be wide and parallel. The dog should be 32 to 36 inches at the shoulder with females standing at 28 to 34. American Mastiff puppies are usually dark in color; however, as they mature their color tends to lighten. Common American Mastiff colors are fawn, apricot and brindle. The dog should have a temperament that is loving and devoted to its family, especially children. A loyal and calm dog, the American Mastiff should be non-aggressive except when its family is threatened. In those instances, they become fierce and courageous guard dogs.

Height, Weight

Height: Females 28-34 inches. Males 32-36 inches. Weight: Females 140-180+ pounds. Males 160-200+ pounds.

Health

American Mastiffs tend to be healthy and happy dogs with fewer reported incidents of many of the health problems generally seen in other large breeds.[citation needed]

Living Conditions

Contrary to some other large breeds, this breed of Mastiff dog will get along perfectly well in an apartment as long as they are exercised daily. This can be a daily walk or short run. Usually even a small fenced yard will do just fine, as they tend to be a little on the lazy side as they get older. They are relatively inactive indoors ("couch potatoes").

Exercise

Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy but they will keep fitter and happier if given regular exercise. Like all dogs, the American Mastiff should be taken on daily regular walks to help release its mental and physical energy. As with any breed, it is best if they are leashed in public. The American Mastiff can do acceptably well in a small household or apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. They are comparatively inactive indoors, so their ideal living conditions would consist of at least a small yard or daily walks.

See also

External links

  1. ^ http://www.americanmastiffbreederscouncil.com/American%20Mastiff%20Breeders.htm
  2. ^ http://www.americanmastiffbreederscouncil.com/Standard%20of%20the%20Breed.htm


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