Get to know the Spanish Mastiff
All you need to know about the breed
The Spanish Mastiff is a noble, giant breed that for centuries has proved their strength and courage as guard dogs. It’s no surprise, then, that they are wary of anything they perceive as a threat, be it animal or human. But to stop there would be selling these handsome dogs short. The placid, intelligent Spanish Mastiff is also capable of great affection, forming deep, lasting bonds with the human families they will go above and beyond to protect.
The calm confidence of the Spanish Mastiff suggests an awareness of their physical power. And though generally not loud, this strapping breed is capable of producing a deep, resonant bark that quickly discourages any ill-intentioned presence not already intimidated by their size. But when not in guard dog mode, the Spanish Mastiff tends to be quiet and reserved, behaviour that has earned them a reputation for being aloof.
In fact, the independent Spanish Mastiff generally prefers to sit on the side-lines and observe rather than be at the centre of the action. And while most content when in the company of their humans, the Spanish Mastiff also enjoys roaming solo around a property. A big property. Yes, this is not a breed well-suited for apartment living - they need a whole lot of space to move around.
Though the Spanish Mastiff has a great capacity for warmth and loyalty, they also have a natural inclination to assume the alpha role. It’s important that your Spanish Mastiff understands you, and only you, are driving the bus. Once this is made gently but firmly clear, the groundwork is well-laid for a rewarding and lasting bond.
2 facts about Spanish Mastiffs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Spanish Mastiff
Caring for your Spanish Mastiff
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Aside from shedding heavily twice a year - big dog, lot of hair - and fully blowing their coat in Spring, the Spanish Mastiff has a double coat that can be maintained with frequent brushing and the occasional bath to keep odours at bay. But be sure to have some wipes handy since these dogs drool. Also, keep nails trimmed, check and clean their ears regularly, and establish a solid dental routine. Despite being huge and content to laze about and cuddle, Spanish Mastiffs are surprisingly agile and athletic. Make sure they get a couple of hours of daily exercise, which can come in the form of walks combined with a good jog around the backyard or a game of fetch. One of the hallmarks of the Spanish Mastiff’s personality is their independent, sometimes headstrong nature, which can make training them a challenge. It’s essential that you establish yourself as the herder - and not the herded. Plenty of structure early in life and training from an experienced hand will help your Spanish Mastiff become an excellent, well-natured companion.