Spanish Mastiff Puppies
The Spanish Mastiff is a giant dog breed with a long history. Their ancestors were brought to Spain and Portugal before the arrival of the Roman Empire. Records of these giant dogs date back to the 10th century. For millennia, these dogs have served as powerful and intelligent livestock guardians. You might be wondering if one would match well with you and your family. Luckily, we have a complete Spanish Mastiff puppies guide to help you learn more. Blau…
Where To Get Spanish Mastiff Puppies
If you’re sure you want a Spanish Mastiff puppy, your best bet is to research and find a responsible breeder. This is a breed that’s recognized by the American Kennel Club, so a certification from them is generally a good sign. In addition, you can look for a certification from your local Spanish Mastiff breed club. Other signs of a responsible breeder include:
- Transparent with you about health issues
- Let you tour or virtual tour their breeding location
- Let you meet all puppies and their parents
- Only breed one breed of dog at a time
- Can answer any questions you may have
If you’re not sure you want a puppy, adopting or fostering a rescue Spanish Mastiff might be a great option for you! You may find one at a rescue for giant dog breeds, or even your local animal shelter. Though rescuing gives a dog a second chance at a better life, there are a couple of downsides. You’re less likely to find a puppy at a rescue or shelter. In addition, the shelter or rescue may not have complete health and breeding information for a specific dog.
Whether you choose the breeder route or the rescue route, it’s vital to do your research before choosing your Spanish Mastiff. Joey…
A Spanish Mastiff puppy from a responsible breeder will cost, on average, between $1000 and $1500. Some may even cost more than that, depending on a few different factors. Though a higher price is usually a sign you’ve found someone responsible, this is not always the case. This is why it’s especially important to do your research and look for other good signs before deciding on a breeder.
Spanish Mastiffs have a smooth, shorter double coat in a number of possible colors. These include black, fawn, red, wolf gray, and yellow. They can also have brindle or white markings on their bodies.
Your Spanish Mastiff will grow to be very big. Most measure 28 to 35 inches tall at the shoulder, but they’ll sometimes grow even bigger. Most weigh between 140 and 200 pounds. Koda…
Spanish Mastiffs, though intimidating, make devoted and loving family dogs. They do okay with kids, but generally do better with children who are older or used to dogs. As always, supervise any interaction between your dog and children. Since Spanish Mastiffs are so big, the main danger is them knocking a kid over and causing injury. If socialized early, they do all right with other dogs. However, many can be territorial with other dogs, or even smaller pets like cats. They usually thrive better as the only pet in a household. Generations of guardian instincts make them wary around strangers. If you’re looking for a powerful watchdog, you could do worse than a Spanish Mastiff.
Spanish Mastiffs are calm and breed lovers have even described them as lazy. However, they also have an agile and athletic side. Like all breeds, they will need daily devoted exercise. This can come in many forms, including short, slow walks, backyard playtime, playing with a ball indoors, and learning new tricks. They can even make good canine sports participants in agility, rally, or herding trials. Beza…
Like many dogs specifically bred to take care of livestock, Spanish Mastiffs are very intelligent. This often expresses itself in stubbornness and independence. They need firmness in training, and are not suited for owners who cannot establish themselves as pack leader right off the bat. Like any dog, they do best with positive reinforcement techniques. You may want to try frequent, brief training sessions throughout your dog’s day. Do not yell at a Spanish Mastiff. Since this is a breed that can be wary around strangers, socialization early on is very important.
Spanish Mastiff Puppies – Veterinary Needs
A responsible Spanish Mastiff breeder will screen ahead of time for health issues common to the breed. While Spanish Mastiffs tend to be healthy dogs, they can also have growing pains, bloat, hip and elbow dysplasia, and entropion eye. Even with complete health screenings, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any symptoms of these conditions. Regular vet visits will help with detection, treatment, and diagnosis. Don’t be afraid to contact your vet if you notice any changes in your Spanish Mastiff’s health or behavior. Pradoriviera…
After bringing home your Spanish Mastiff puppy, you’ll want to schedule vet visits every three weeks or so until your puppy is a few months old. At these visits, your vet will make sure your puppy is growing up happy and healthy. In addition, this is where your vet will administer an important series of puppy vaccines. These include shots for the deadly parvovirus, rabies, and distemper. If you choose, you can also vaccinate your puppy against kennel cough at one of these visits. Read our puppy vaccine schedule for more information.
Spanish Mastiffs are prone to weight gain and bloat. It’s important to keep them at a healthy weight for various reasons. Like other giant breeds, being overweight or obese can put unnecessary pressure on their joints. It’s best to keep them to a feeding schedule of multiple small meals throughout the day, instead of one to two large ones. To avoid bloat, schedule meals around exercise periods. If your dog eats too quickly, consider a special food bowl meant to slow eating. Limit treat consumption as best you can. Lu_Dareva…
Whether you choose a kibble, home-cooked recipe, or raw diet, it should be formulated for a large or giant breed dog. Search for high-quality ingredients from known sources. Although raw and grain-free pet diets have gained recent popularity, they do have some associated risks. Make sure one is the right choice for your Spanish Mastiff before committing.
As with any dog, you’ll want to consider your Spanish Mastiff’s age, weight, overall health, and energy levels before choosing a food. Consult with your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist before starting your dog on any new food or supplement.
Spanish Mastiffs have double coats that usually shed on a seasonal basis. This means they aren’t the best choice for those who are allergic to dogs. However, their coats are easy to care for. Brush them at least once a week with a slicker brush or a de-shedding brush. They only need the occasional bath. Elvis…
You shouldn’t need to buy a winter coat for a Spanish Mastiff. Their coats were meant to protect them from cold weather and less-than-ideal conditions. However, you should make sure you have plenty of fresh water on hand and shady spots for them to rest when outside in hot weather.