Molossers and Mastiffs are categories of large to very large dog breeds which appeal to many. Some molosser types such as the Newfoundland and the Saint Bernard are bred for search and rescue and some are used as guard dogs or livestock guardian dogs for protection against large predators and poachers. Here are some Mastiff type dog breed photos and information to help you choose the best mastiff breed suitable for you.
Note: Breeds such as the Tibetan Mastiff, Cane Corso, and many others that fall into the larger category of ‘molossers’ are of Mastiff-type, but are not true Mastiffs. The term ‘Mastiff’, when used alone, refers specifically to the Old English Mastiff dog breed.
Other true Mastiff breeds include the Dogue de Bordeaux, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Bullmastiff. Each is a separate and distinct breed. The Boxer dog breed is also included, as it is a creation from other molossers including the Old English Bulldog.
The Old English Mastiff is a massive dog – the largest (heaviest) dog breed in the world – males weigh about 160 pounds (72 kg) and females weigh about 150 pounds (68 kg). One of the heaviest breeds, a male Mastiff can exceed 200 pounds! Link: Old English Mastiff
Newfoundland dog breed is known for its giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm disposition, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities. Link: Newfoundland
The Saint Bernard breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as well as for its enormous size. Saint Bernards are calm and patient gentle giants. Link: Saint Bernard
The Tibetan Mastiff is a huge dog with large head and hairy body. They are powerful animals, and are said to be able to kill a tiger! During the day they are kept chained up, and are let loose at night to guard their masters’ house. Link: Tibetan Mastiff
The Cane Corso is a large Italian Molosser, which is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff. It is well muscled, more active and less bulky than most other Mastiff breeds. Link: Cane Corso
A typical molossoid type breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) is a very powerful dog with a very muscular body. This brawny breed has been put to work in many different capacities, from pulling carts and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks and, historically, the castles of the European elite. Link: French Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is fearless and extremely protective of its home and family. The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely barks unless under provocation, renowned for sneaking up on intruders as opposed to first alerting them of its presence. Additional protection training is unnecessary because Neapolitan Mastiffs are natural guard dogs. Link: Neapolitan Mastiff
The Bullmastiff has excellent instincts and thrives in family settings, as they learn quickly who their “pack” is and will do everything they can to protect it. They are very aware of everything going on around them, and their intimidating look makes them a great choice at fending off intruders without putting your children at risk. Whereas some guard dogs will growl and bark, if threatened, the Bullmastiff will show great attacking qualities and can easily take a full-grown man to the ground. To get the most out of this breed, it should be raised early with the family and trained constantly through its growing stages. With that being said, once it is familiar with it’s home and who it’s family is, this breed is gentle and loving, and will do great at being a part of your family. Link: Bullmastiff
Bullmastiff = Good Guard + Family dog
Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful dog breed and are popular for being very good with children. Link: Boxer