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Origin / History The American Mastiff is a molosser type of dog developed by Fredericka Wagner at Flying W Farms in Piketon, Ohio. Her goal was to develop a breed that resembled the Mastiff in terms of temperament, size, appearance, and disposition, but has less health problems and a dryer mouth than other mastiff breeds.

Wagner succeeded in creating the American Mastiff by crossing the English Mastiff with the Anatolian Mastiff. Selective breeding was then done afterwards to further improve the breed. This breed is recognized by the Continental Kennel Club.

Appearance American Mastiffs are large, powerful dogs that have a muscular build. Their rectangular head is wide and heavy, and their chest is rounded and deep. They have well-sprung ribs and thick necks. These dogs have limbs that are well-muscled, straight, and well-built, and their tail is long and reaches their hocks. The muzzle of these dogs is medium-sized and well-proportioned. These dogs have dark amber eyes and a black nose. Puppies are typically born dark-coloured, but their coat becomes lighter as they age.

Colours Coat colours of American Mastiffs include fawn, apricot, and brindle. Those with brindle coats should have apricot or fawn as background colour, and they should have dark stripes. White markings on the nose, chest, chin, and feet are acceptable.

Temperament The American Mastiff is quiet, calm, dignified, and mellow. Dogs of this breed make excellent family pets because they are devoted to their owners. These dogs also love children and will do what they can to protect them when threatened. Although these dogs are not aggressive, they can be courageous defenders when necessity calls for it. Due to this trait, they are excellent as watchdogs. Wise and patient, these dogs are gentle with people and with other animals.

Height and Weight Male American Mastiffs are typically 32 to 36 inches in height and have an average weight of 160 to over 200 pounds. Female American Mastiffs are usually have a height of 28 to 34 inches and their weight ranges from 140 to 180 pounds. Dogs of this breed that are smaller or larger than the standard size are still acceptable just as long as they are structurally balanced and well-proportioned.

Common Health Problems Although American Mastiffs are among the largest dog breeds, these dogs do not have the same genetic health issues plaguing other large breeds. American Mastiffs tend to be happy and healthy dogs.

Living Conditions Unlike other large breeds, American Mastiffs will be perfectly fine living in apartments just as long as they get adequate exercise everyday. It would also be good for them to have a small or medium-sized fenced yard where they can run around and play.

Exercise Requirements Although these dogs may tend to be lazy, they will be happier and healthier if given regular exercise. Taking them out for long walks daily is advisable. Owners should make sure, though, that their dogs are leashed when out in public.

Training Requirements Dogs of this breed are relatively easy to train and housebreak. It is, however, important for owners to display strong leadership over these dogs. American Mastiffs should also be treated as part of the family because these dogs become happier when they are included in family activities.

Life Expectancy American Mastiffs usually have a life span of 10 to 12 years.

Grooming The short-haired coat of these dogs makes it easy for owners to groom them. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs on a regular basis and wipe it with a cloth to create a glossy sheen. Bathing and dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary. These dogs are average shedders, and their coat should be brushed more frequently during shedding season.

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