The Truth About English Mastiffs
If you see an advertisement for an AKC non-drooling English Mastiff, PLEASE reconsider. Somewhere along the line, something else has been bred in. "True" English Mastiffs drool!
There is a great deal of confusion about the Mastiff breed and unfortunately the media, with the "Mastiff Attacks" headlines, has done little to help this. They don't understand that just saying "Mastiff" usually refers to the English Mastiff, which is the true “Gentle Giant”. It is the largest AND most gentle Mastiff, although it is certainly protective. The attacks that have recently been publicized did NOT involve English Mastiffs.
Some other breeds are: Bullmastiff, Belgian Mastiff, Brazilian Mastiff (fila brasiliero), French Mastiff (dogue de
To add to the confusion are those few, unscrupulous breeders who would advertise their dogs as non-drooling, dry-mouthed "Mastiffs", confusing many people who are in search of a gentle, but protective pet. In reality, these are mixed breeds that are not recognized by the AKC, in spite of how much money these breeders ask for them.
These dry-mouthed mastiffs come from one of two entirely separate, mixed lines. In one line, an English Mastiff is bred with an Anatolian Shepherd (a very protective/aggressive breed). The other line (initially created by the drug lords of