English Mastiff Breeders In Pittsburgh Pa.

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What you should know about The English Mastiff
If, you have ever seen The English Mastiff, I’m sure the first word that came to your mind was ‘massive’. The English Mastiff is considered to be the largest breed found in the world and it can weigh as much as 220 pounds. The minimum height for the female Mastiff at the shoulders is 27.5 inches at the shoulders and 30 inches for the male. Weight varies between 130 pounds to 220 pounds or even more.The Mastiff that found place in the Guinness Book of Records, 1989 for weighing 323 pounds was ‘Zobra’. Though, The English Mastiffs looks fierce, it is blessed with cool temperament when its family is concerned but he shows his true colors when he senses danger on his family and steps up instantly as a protector. There was a time when the Mastiff fought in the wars but it has come a long way since then. It is a brave, big, dignified dog that can be tamed easily into a calm, quiet dog that spreads love in the family and plays with children though, he may sometimes accidently bump into small children and bowl them over.
Exercising is important for him and given adequate chance to do so, he can adapt himself to any environment be it a room in the city or a country estate. If you have been thinking all these years that The English Mastiff would love to be treated as an outdoor dog, think twice because they have shown preference to home comfort where they can spend time with the family. He even tries to be a lap dog and you should be prepared to handle all that weight. I’m sure, it won’t be a big problem when your giant pet will look deep into your eyes and melt your heart. Like any other dog, The English Mastiff also has some qualities that you might not like. The biggest trouble, he can cause is by ‘Drooling’. Yes, they drool a lot and when they shake their big head the drool is everywhere- on the floor, your favourite couch, curtains and may be on your face too! However, the drool can be easily wiped away with wet wipes or handy towels after drying up. You can also keep him on a diet that makes him drool less.
The English Mastiff can also give you restless nights as it makes a lot of noise when he snores. Another factor which you might like to consider is his massive size. If your home is really small, he will be no less than an elephant in your home when he grows. His size also causes lots of trouble when he needs to be carried from one place to another or up and down the stairs when he’s ill or old and can’t move by himself. He also may have a short lifespan due to his weight. If you can manage these problems when you have The English Mastiff at home, you’ll be not disappointed as you’ll get back enduring love and great companionship.
So, to sum it up, here are a few quick points for you to know and remember, if you are planning to get yourself The English Mastiff.
• You need to give him daily exercise. You should keep in mind the age and temperature when you make your Mastiff exercise as they overheat easily.
• The English Mastiff can turn destructive without proper stimulation or exercise.
• They generally have a short lifespan with exceptions, so you might assess your choice again, if you need a long time companionship.
• If the drool of the dogs is of any trouble to you, The English Mastiff is not a good choice for you as it drools excessively.
• The Mastiff can knock down a very small child or old aged people who are not steady and strong. Families with very small children or aged senior members may not find The Mastiff the correct choice for them.
• Mastiffs are not recommended for people who dwell in smaller homes with a small yard.
• They need to be socialised well with other pets and people. They can become afraid of new situations or shy of unknown people which may lead to biting.
• If not properly trained, they tend to get aggressive towards other animals. To ensure a healthy and happy life of The English Mastiff, socialization is the key. Their big size may turn dangerous and sometimes fatal, if they don’t know how to deal with other people and animals.
• The Mastiff has a coat that does not need excessive caring but they shed a lot.
• By the time, they reach adulthood; they usually turn into a well-mannered, calm, quiet companion who does not bark too much as compared to other breeds but serve as an excellent watch dog.
• Positive reinforcement that includes hugging and kissing in bundles is a must for The English Mastiff, so new or timid owners may fail to train him properly.
• He can easily become overweight without proper exercise. You need to keep a watch on its weight very closely.
• They are loud – Be prepared for snoring, snorting and grunting when you have The English Mastiff at home.
• He needs to sleep in the house and be with the family and not in the yard. If tied away from the family, he becomes bored and very destructive.
• A healthy Mastiff will never come from a puppy mill or pet store. Get it from a reputable breeder that test their dogs for genetic diseases and provide and fulfil all requirements for healthy breeding.
So, like all other dogs The English Mastiff has its pros and cons. This breed is large and super-active and gels along good with the children and pet after training. People with adequate space in their homes can find a loving friend and protector in him. If you buy him from a reputed breeder, give him proper attention and love, there is no reason that you won’t get memories to cherish for lifetime.

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Health of The English Mastiff puppy
An adult Mastiff is the spectacular gentle giant, loving but also stalwart. The size alone will surprise you. His heart is characterized by the peaceful nature, but it is also protective and caring of his family hence it will step in when danger arises. The Mastiff is well known for their gentleness unlike other big dogs. Well-bred and socialized Mastiff puppy will deliver protection to his family as part of his nature without having any special training beyond making him a member of the family. The Mastiff cannot be your best choice, if you want a dog that can be tied to the backyard to provide security to your home or make him a symbol of status due to its size or build. You will need to make the dog become part of yours. Abandoning the dog in the yard all the time will not help you get the best service you want, all you will get is a bored, lonely, sad and destructive dog whose possible potential has been ignored.
The average health status of The English Mastiff is good, but just like the rest of the breeds they also suffer from some bad health conditions. Though all Mastiffs do not necessarily acquire these diseases, you need to have some information on this, if you are planning to purchase The English Mastiff.
Always buy the puppy from a well reputed, good breeder and one who will show you the puppy’s parents. He should be able to show you the health clearances that confirm the dog has been tested for and free of any particular medical condition.
To get a happy adult English Mastiff, you need to start with a good puppy. When you have planned to purchase The English Mastiff puppy, you need to take care that he is healthy as there are some diseases that are common in The English Mastiff puppy. Here is the list of such diseases.
• Hip Dysplasia: This is a heritable illness that makes the thighbone to fail to fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs portray pain and lameness on one or both rear legs but you may also not notice any signs that show discomfort in a dog when it is attacked with hip dysplasia .When the dog ages, arthritis can start to develop. X-ray screening for the hip dysplasia is usually done by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. Dogs that have hip dysplasia should not be bred. In case you are purchasing a puppy, you need to ask the breeder about the parents. They too have also been ascertained that they are free of problems. Hip dysplasia can also be made worse by environmental factors like the rapid growth form the high calorie diet or injuries that are sustained from the jumping or falling on the slick floors.

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is an eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. PRA is easily seen before the dog shows any signs of blindness. Luckily, dogs may cause other senses to compensate for the blindness, and a blind dog may stay up and live a happy life. But it is good to check your puppy for this. The reputable breeders have their dogs eyes certified yearly by the veterinary opthalmogist and do not breed dogs that have diseases. Mastiffs can be checked for the major Mastiff PRA gene through the DNA test.

• Seizures: Seizures can occur due to many causes including epilepsy and trauma .Many times it can be managed through the medications, although it is not cured. A dog has the ability to live happy and healthy life with the proper management of the condition.

• Cystinuria: Cystinuria is a kidney disorder that is acquired through inheritance. The kidney normally filters the amino acid cysteine and it also prevents it from entering the urine however in dogs with the cystinuria, the acid normally goes to the urine. Cystine is normally reabsorbed in the kidney where it develops into kidney or bladder stones that cause the blockage of the urinary tract. In case cystinuria is not treated, the blockage can turn to be very fatal .It requires quick treatment and needs a drug that prevents stone formation. This is more common in males and it can be years before the symptoms show up .Not all dogs with the cystinuria form stones. There is a DNA test that is available to find out whether an individual Mastiff has the genetic predisposition. The test must be done on the parent’s puppy and your breeder should be able to show you the certificates.

• Gastric Torsion: This is often referred as the bloat, it is a life threatening condition that will affect the large, deep chested dogs. It is common in the dogs that get fed up one large meal in a day or drink large amounts of water rapidly or exercise vigorously after eating. Bloat normally occurs whenever the stomach is inflated with gas or air in his stomach and the blood flow to the heart is prevented. The blood pressure falls down and the dog goes in to a shock. Without immediate medical help, the dog may easily die. You should suspect a bloat when your dog has a distended abdomen, is drooling excessively and retching without throwing up. He may be restless, look depressed, weak and have a rapid heart rate .In case you experience the above signs just get your dog to the vet soon.

• Cancer: Cancer can be found in dogs just like humans. There are many different types of cancer and the success of treatment will always vary for each individual case. For some types of cancer the tumours are always removed while others are treated with the chemotherapy and others treated by the surgical means or medical way. In the Mastiffs, osteosarcoma is the most common. The first sign of the osteosarcoma is the lameness however the dog shall require an X-ray to determine whether the cause is cancer. The treatment of this condition involves the amputation of the limb and the chemotherapy. With the treatment, dogs can live up to nine months to two years or more. Luckily, the dogs can also adapt well to the life on three legs and do not go through the side effects of the chemotherapy.