The Spanish Mastiff is a breed that comes from the mountainous regions of Spain and is known as a great livestock guardian for many centuries. Throughout history, these dogs have been called by many names, and the most popular one was Mastín Español. The Spanish Mastiff can be pretty independent and strong-willed, so new owners - beware.
28-35 in (71-89 cm)
140–200 lb (63–90 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Mastín Español is a rather large breed of dog that is powerfully built and incredibly strong. They are well-balanced and muscular with a kind and alert expression. The most important thing about them is their balance. It bears greater importance than just proportions that are set in their standard.
The Spanish Mastiff has a deep, sonorous bark that can be heard over great distances.
This is a breed that is over 1.000 years old so it is no wonder it is accepted by the world’s largest cynology union - the FCI. The FCI placed these dogs in Group 2 (Pinscher and
Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs), Section 2.2 (Molossoid breeds, Mountain type). The Spanish Mastiff is not required to have a working trial.
According to the FCI standard, these dogs have a minimum height requirement and it is 30 in (77 cm) for male dogs and 28 in (72 cm) for female dogs. The taller the dogs are, the better they are graded in the show ring.
The Spanish Mastiff was recognized and registered by the FCI on the 13th of November 1954.
In 2008 this breed was accepted in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service and breed enthusiasts hope it will soon become a full AKC member. Their height should be 28-35 in (71-89 cm), and they should weigh 140–200 lb (63–90 kg).
Spanish Mastiff coat and grooming
This giant dog breed has a double coat, which is not surprising as they were developed to work in high altitudes where weather conditions are tough. The outer, protective coat is of medium-length and the undercoat is thick and woolly. The thick undercoat keeps them well insulated from extreme weather conditions.
The Spanish Mastiff is a breed that is relatively easy to groom and they only need regular brushing and a bath every 2 months. However, they do shed heavily in the shedding season and at that time they should be brushed daily. Keep in mind to check their ears regularly for any signs of redness or infections. Trim their nails if they do not wear them down naturally and try and brush their teeth at least three times a week.
Training a Spanish Mastiff
Like with many other giant livestock guardian dog breeds, these dogs need to be properly trained as they are immensely strong and can easily take over a household if they are allowed to. They can be strong-willed and independent and that means that you will have to know how to properly handle these dogs.
This is a breed that is not recommended for new dog owners so don’t be shy to ask professional dog trainers for help. Start training as soon as possible and that way you will ensure that you have a well-behaved dog that you and your family can enjoy to the fullest.
Mastín Español - socialization
The Mastín Español is a strong breed that will need to be properly socialized so your life doesn’t become extremely difficult. If your dog is not properly socialized, they can have a lot of problems adjusting to everyday life.
Expose your Spanish Mastiff puppy to many different sights, sounds, and people. New situations will teach them how to properly react and handle any situation they might find themselves in.
Children and other pets
These dogs are usually rather affectionate and caring around their family so it is no wonder they are careful and protective of the youngest members of their “flock”. They are usually very gentle around children they were raised with.
That is not the situation when it comes to other dogs. The Mastín Español needs to be properly socialized to get along with other dogs. They are quite dominant by nature and have a strong protective instinct so they are not the best choice if you are planning on getting a dog you can freely go to a dog park with.
World Dog Finder team