Top 10 Mastiff Dog Breeds THEY’RE HUGE!
Mastiffs; a family of dogs that as a rule
are huge, powerful dogs.
These Molosser breeds are dense, well-muscled
While this list is certainly not all-inclusive
of the Mastiff-type or Molosser dogs, we’ve
gathered some of the most impressive of the
Let’s get to know them.
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Not to be confused with the Pyrenean Mountain
Dog, the Pyrenean Mastiff is a large breed
of dog originally from the Aragonese Pyrenees
For a long time, the Pyrenean Mastiff accompanied
the herds of sheep.
Its main function was to guard and protect
its herds and its masters from attacks by
wolves, bears, and thieves.
At up to 220 pounds and 30 inches tall, this
strong, rustic breed is self-reliant and calm.
It’s even-tempered and docile at home and
is protective of children.
It’s gentle with other dogs as well as other
pets and people it knows.
However, if challenged, this huge dog will
not hesitate to defend its family from a perceived
Although it’s gentle and kind with a loving
temperament, it takes its work seriously and
needs a strong, experienced leader.
Known as the Fila Brasileiro, the Brazilian
Mastiff is one of the smaller breeds on this
list at a mere 110 pounds and 29 inches at
Not that 110 pounds is what we’d consider
a small dog.
The Fila Brasileiro breed was bred and raised
primarily on large plantations and cattle
farms in its native Brazil.
They were taught to chase down Jaguars, cattle,
and other animals, and occasionally people.
The dogs would grab the animals by the neck
and hold them until the farmer arrived.
This instinct can be observed among puppies
when they are playing
The Fila will be completely devoted to its
owner and, once bonded, will not hesitate
to protect its family.
Once bonded, this breed will take a lot of
poking and prodding from small children and
are incredibly gentle when with them.
This breed also tends to get along well with
other pets within the family.
The Tibetan Mastiff who’s Tibetan name means
“nomad dog” reflects its use as a guardian
of herds, flocks, tents, villages, monasteries,
This dog is known for its loyalty, it has
been used as a herding and guardian dog for
thousands of years.
In fact, a 2008 study that the Tibetan Mastiff
diverged from the Grey Wolf some 58,000 years
ago, making it one of the oldest lineages.
At up to 160 pounds and 30 inches tall at
the withers, the Tibetan Mastiff is certainly
a huge dog.
The Tibetan Mastiff is very independent and
They can be devoted to family while aloof
The Tibetan is patient with its family’s children
but can be protective when strange children
This breed is usually good with other dogs
While active outside, the Tibetan tends to
be more relaxed and calm indoors.
The German Mastiff or its more common name
Great Dane is one of the more well-known dogs
on this list.
Thanks, Scooby Doo.
The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge,
or German Mastiff.
Unlike many of the breeds on this list, the
Great Dane is not a herding dog, but rather
a hunting dog, used to hunt boar and bear.
The German Mastiff typical weighs up to 120
pounds at 30 inches tall, but the world’s
tallest dog was a Great Dane named Zeus who
reached a height of 44 inches at the shoulder
and weighed 155 pounds.
This breed of mastiff is friendly and dependable
and usually good with children.
The Great Dane also usually takes well to
other household pets, but may not always be
aware of its towering size over others so
should be monitored.
The Argentinian Mastiff or Dogo Argentino
is a large, white, muscular dog that was developed
in Argentina primarily for the purpose of
big-game hunting, including wild boar, much
like the Great Dane.
Dogos are big-game hunters and are also trained
for search and rescue, police assistance,
service dogs, competitive obedience, Schutzhund
and military work.
The Dogo Argentino because of its purpose,
is very stubborn and pain tolerant.
This combined with the breed’s natural intelligence
and domineering tendencies means that this
dog is not suitable for inactive or inexperienced
homes, and is ideal for a working home, or
at a minimum a very active home.
Dogos typically weigh up to 99 pounds and
stand up to 27 inches at the shoulder.
Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff, French
Mastiff or Bordeauxdog is a large Mastiff
breed—and one of the most ancient French
This brawny breed has been put to work in
many different capacities, from pulling carts
and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks
and, historically, the castles of the European
At up to 150 pounds and 27 inches tall at
the shoulder, this breed is calm, patient
and loyal to its family.
The Bordeaux can be confrontational with strangers
and seems to have no fear, making it a good
guard dog with proper training.
The Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino (Italian:
Mastino Napoletano) is a large, ancient dog
This massive breed is often used as a guard
and defender of family and property due to
their protective instincts and their fearsome
The Neapolitan Mastiff is probably one of
the most recognizable in the mastiff family
with all of its wrinkles.
Bred to be a family guardian, the Neapolitan
is amazingly loyal and totally devoted to
its family and ever so watchful.
They are very suspicious of strangers and
moderately tolerant of acquaintances.
This breed can be loving towards children,
but needs to be socialized thoroughly at a
very young age and should not be a dog for
the inexperienced or first-time dog owner.
The Neapolitan can weigh up to 150 pounds
and stand 30 inches at the shoulder.
Bullmastiffs are a large working breed originating
in Britain in the mid-1800s as estate guardians
to ward off poachers.
They were bred by gamekeepers for strength,
size and speed using a cross of the tough,
heavy and aggressive now extinct Old English
Bulldog with the large, strong, less aggressive
As a result, the Bullmastiff is known as the
Gamekeeper’s Night Dog.
The preferred color, by gamekeepers, was brindle,
as this color works as a more effective camouflage,
especially at night.
This breed is a quiet, gentle companion devoted
to and guardian of its family.
Though laid back and slow to anger, once this
dog feels threatened, it becomes a fearless
The Bullmastiff is a very stubborn dog and
you may have great difficulty in getting this
dog to perform against its will, especially
since it can weigh up to 130 pounds and stand
27 inches at the shoulder.
Male Bullmastiffs can be very intolerant of
other male dogs and, in general, can be aggressive
towards dogs with which they are unfamiliar.
With stubbornness aside, this breed can be
good with children if they are raised together.
The Italian Mastiff or Cane Corso, which means
“protector dog” in Italian, is a large
breed of dog at up to 110 pounds and 28 inches
For years the Cane Corso has been valued highly
in Italy as a companion and guard dog.
The Cane Corso is a very powerful, agile breed
with a great deal of endurance.
This breed is usually quiet and relaxed in
the house and eager to please its family.
They are very intelligent and their eagerness
to please makes them one of the more trainable
dogs on this list.
Cane Corso make excellent guard and watch
They are great with kids and very affectionate
with their owners: gentle yet protective.
They like to stick nearby their family members
and therefore are not very big wanderers.
Not considered a fighting dog, the Cane Corso
will protect both family and property if the
At weights up to 230 pounds and heights up
to 36 inches at the shoulder, the English
Mastiff is distinguished by its enormous size,
massive head, short coat in a limited range
of colors, and always displaying a black mask.
This is a powerful dog with great endurance.
The greatest weight ever recorded for a dog,
343 pounds was that of an English Mastiff
from England named Aicama Zorba of La Susa.
He stood 37 inches tall at the shoulder and
was a full 8 foot 3 inches from the tip of
his nose to the tip of his tail.
That’s a lot of dog.
The Mastiff is noted for its gentle and loving
The English Mastiff is both gentle and easygoing
making a great house dog, despite its size
and loyal family member.
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