If you want a big dog, then it doesn’t get much bigger than the Spanish Mastiff! Weighing up to a whopping 220lb, these dogs are huge and you’ll need a lot of space if you plan to bring one into your home. They have a smooth, short double coat that can come in a variety of colors and patterns (brindle among them). They do tend to shed quite a bit, so beware of that!
Like some other breeds, they can be prone to bloat and some other health issues. Bloat may not sound serious for humans, but it is for dogs. Bloat is when your dog’s stomach gets twisted when they exercise after a meal. To prevent this, don’t exercise your Spanish Mastiff for at least an hour after they’ve eaten.
Spanish Mastiff – A Low Energy Dog
These dogs may be huge but, for their size, their activity levels aren’t unmanageable. Some owners even describe them as lazy! This isn’t quite accurate, as they do need some exercise, but it may not be the amount you’re imagining. They do tend to be very calm indoors and enjoy lying around, which makes their size a little easier to handle.
The main thing to watch is that these dogs are guardians. They’ll be very loyal to their people and bond well, but it can make them a bit wary of strangers. Socialization is essential for any dog, but it’s especially true for breeds like this. These dogs are very intimidating and the last thing you want is them coming at strangers! You should also be careful with them around kids and smaller animals. They may have the best intentions, but their sheer size makes them more powerful than you can imagine.
Once you learn and experience the breed you will quickly learn to love them.