Depicted in Ancient Egyptian art, the English Mastiff is one of the oldest and largest dog breeds. Their size alone is enough to dominate and is their only watchdog trait.
Personality: This lovable dog craves attention. Often called the gentle giant, these guys love to lean up against your legs for a pat and attention. Although the breed are intelligent, they need patience when trained at a young age. They excel at training and consider the human the leader, however they tend to be stubborn.
A great dog for: The gentle giant is docile in nature and doesn’t bark much. They are perfect for families with children and space.
Favourite activities: Regular, daily walks, sleeping and lazing around.
Backyard requirements: As a large built breed, the Mastiff needs its space. A large backyard is a must so they have room to stretch their body. Avoid having the m in the house if you want to maintain a clean and tidy space, as they can be known to drool and slobber!
Grooming: The English Mastiff’s short coat requires little grooming and sheds moderately. Weekly grooming of the coat is recommended.
The breed is characterized by their short fur and strong, muscular build, similar to that of the close cousin breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff. The Cane Corso lacks the skin folds and drooling nature of the Neapolitan but retains many of the same traits. The breed is very rare in Australia.
Personality: The high energy Cane Corso is completely devoted to their family or owners and no one else outside of that sphere. The dog is hardworking and can’t be left to his own devices. The highly intelligent breed require training and socialization from a young age to avoid destructive behaviours later in life.
A great dog for: Experienced dog owners who are willing to train and can handle a large dog. They breed make a great work companion, especially for farmers.
Favourite activities: Digging, training, working, helping owners on jobs and playing.
Backyard requirements: The Cane Corso requires a large and securely fenced backyard. Don’t expect this breed to sit still for very long.
Grooming: The short coat of the Corso sheds once to twice a year and requires brushing weekly. Ears and eyes should also be checked weekly for any signs of infection. The breed are stubborn and should be trained to learn bathing and grooming requirements from a young age to avoid developing a dislike for them.
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