August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Mastiff Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Mastiff is a giant heavyweight, over 30” at the shoulder. He’s the epitome of grand dignity. His short coat is easy-care but his pendulous lips and massive mouth produce excess saliva – yes, he drools. Copiously. Mastiff owners consider it a tradeoff for his rich history, great strength and calm intelligence.


Mastiff Puppy & Breed Information


See AKC Mastiff puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders


The Mastiff is an imposing watchdog.  Developed in England, he has great strength and even snoozing, is alert to any intrusion or challenge.  Lauded by Caesar for his courage and power when fighting against his Roman legions, today the Mastiff has only to stand up and stare at an aggressor to discourage foul play.   


Mastiff Coat, Color, Care: The coat is straight, coarse and moderately short, easy to groom despite his size.  Bathing is outside under a hose.  Mastiffs require no special care other than cleaning the flews for hygiene and attention to his drop ears.  He comes only in fawn, apricot or brindle with the characteristic dark mask, the darker the better.


Mastiff Personality: He’s absolutely faithful and his calm docility should never be taken for disinterest.  Mastiffs are watchful but should never be aggressive.  The Mastiff is patient with children, small animals, and other dogs but his heavy tail can knock a toddler down. 


Exercise Requirements: Despite their laid-back personality, Mastiffs need regular outdoor exercise to keep good muscle tone.  A fenced yard will suffice but the Mastiff isn’t about to chase a ball so he will do better jogging alongside your bicycle.  Stretching his strong legs every day will prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like the Mastiff ) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Mastiff AKC Standard
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