Mastiff Breeds Varieties

Mastiff Obedience

he Manchester Terrier is a ratter, bred to hunt and dispatch rats. A cross between a Whippet and an unknown terrier, the breed quickly became the favorite of anyone in need of vermin control, and in the early 1800s in England, that was just about every business owner who handled or served food. Until 1959, the Manchester Terrier and Toy Manchester Terrier were registered as two separate breeds, although interbreeding was permissible; however, today they are registered as one breed with two sizes.

The Manchester Terrier is sleek and elegant, yet sturdy. The two varieties are divided by weight, with toys weighing no more than 12 pounds. The standards weigh between 12 and 22 pounds. The head is long and narrow, and the eyes are small. The toys have naturally erect ears, while the standards may have naturally erect or cropped ears. The tail tapers to the hock. The coat is short and smooth. The only acceptable color is black with rich mahogany markings.

Grooming this breed consists of a weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush.

Manchester Terriers are active and playful and enjoy brisk walks, a game of catch, and a session of flyball, but they also like to cuddle and are happy to snuggle up with their owner on the sofa. Many enjoy canine sports.

These dogs are not as tenacious as some other terrier breeds, but they can still be a touch independent and stubborn when they wish to be. Training should be structured and firm, but with fun mixed in so that the dog wants to cooperate. This breed can be wary of strangers, so early socialization is a good idea.

Manchesters do best with owners who understand the terrier temperament. These dogs can be great with kids, as Manchesters love to play; however, they will not tolerate rough handling. This breed is usually good with other dogs but should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include a sensitivity to anesthetics, von Willebrand disease, and thyroid disease.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Vermin hunter Size: Toy: no height standard; up to 12 lbs Standard: no height standard; 12 to 22 lbs Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy astiff

/"""^"'Y he Mastiff, also called the Old English Mastiff, is a giant breed that has been claimed by the English as a native breed. The Romans, when invading England, were amazed by the ability and courage of these dogs as the British fought the invaders. The dogs stood by their owners' sides even during the worst of the fighting. Mastiffs were also used to protect land against trespassers and poachers and to control wolves.

Giant dogs, Mastiffs stand 27.5 to 30 inches or taller, with weight in proportion to height. The head is large and broad, with medium-sized eyes, a short, broad muzzle, and dropped ears. The body is longer than the dog is tall and is massive, with heavy bone. The tail reaches the hocks. The outer coat is short and coarse, while the undercoat is dense. The coat is fawn, apricot, or brindle, and the muzzle, ears, and nose are black.

This breed's short coat needs weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush.

Mastiff puppies can be clumsy, silly, and playful. Adults are dignified but can retain a sense of playfulness. Jo Ann Horne-Peller says of her Mastiff, "Margaret doesn't demand exercise, but she does love to play for about an hour each day."

Training is very important, as this breed is powerful enough to take advantage of an unwary owner. The training should emphasize self-control for the dog and the owner's leadership skills. Horne-Peller says that her dog loves training but cautions, "Mastiffs are very slow to mature and can be puppylike for a long time." Since the breed was bred to be a watchdog, socialization is critical.

This breed needs an owner who is able to assume a leadership role for the dog. In addition, Horne-Peller says, "Potential owners should know that giant breeds have a shorter life span than other dogs. Mastiffs also slobber and drool, snore, and have no idea they aren't lap dogs!" The breed has some health concerns, including hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, cancer, bloat, and torsion.

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Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Watchdog Size: 27.5 to 30+ in tall; weight proportionate to height Longevity: 8 to 10 years Exercise: Low activity level Training: Essential because of breed's size Grooming: Easy

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