THE MASTIFF’S LOOKS AND
Looks: Imposing presence, robust, well-developed
muscles. It is a blend of power, good temperament, courage, and docility.
Square head from any angle you look at it, desired width with respect to
the length of the head and the mouth is 2 to 3. Powerful neck, broad and
deep chest with strong limbs and bones. The size in males starts at 29.5
inches and in females at 27 inches. The weight is not featured in the
standard, but in males, it ranges from 154 lb. to 220 lb. and in females
from 121 lb.
Temperament: The standard defines it as a
combination of grandeur and good temper, courage and docility.
"There is no
other dog that can be more peaceful, self-confident, and self-assured
than the mastiff. He likes to take naps, loves to be pampered and he
lets us know so. He has infinite patience with children. For the
family, he is the absolute deterrent and when put into action he is
unstoppable. Fortunately, few situations can upset a mastiff. Then
it becomes an unstoppable machine. There is no shouting, hitting, or
intimidating maneuver that can appease it." "Therefore, being in his
presence, you can enjoy peace of mind and fully rely on the
stability of his character. It is the ideal dog for company and
protection. He knows how to protect without attacking. His character
is sweet and sensitive, and he is incredibly smart and loves being
part of the family. He does not like being alone, and enjoys sharing
the family’s moments and places."
He likes being
outdoors; neither the cold weather nor the rain can affect it, but
intense heat can bother him.
The power and respect that it
radiates is not in its aggressiveness, but in its demeanor and
temperament. Quiet and affectionate with its owners, of sound
temperament, it has an excellent guard dog instinct."
I had the opportunity to test the protective instincts and balance of
his temperament. On one occasion the mail carrier tried to deliver the
mail to one of my grandchildren -he was four years old- who was playing
near his mastiff "Valentine." When the dog saw that he was approaching
the child and was reaching out to deliver the letter, it quickly grabbed
his arm, with great terror of the poor man, and only released him when
the mother came in and withdrew the letter. This did not cause any
injury to the mail carrier’s arm, but the pressure from its jaws was
strong enough so as not to let him loose.
another occasion, "Valentín" saved the child's life when with a bump
moved him out of the back of a car that was reversing without seeing him,
which could have injured him.
There are many stories of amazing events related to the attitude of the
mastiffs, but I just wanted to tell you those from my own experience.
Showing infinite patience to endure a child mischief is typical of a
Benjamín And Jeremías