THERAPY DOG
RALLY
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR MASTIFF
The Mastiff breed is best as a family companion that can live indoors with its loved ones. Most Mastiffs do not require a lot of exercise. A brief walk or two, or a romp in the yard, may be all they need. Be aware that the Mastiff breed is very intolerant of extreme heat. Outdoor exercise should be limited to the coolest part of the day.  

Many Mastiff owners enjoy a variety of activities with their dogs. Conformation, obedience, agility,
tracking, and carting are all activities in which Mastiffs can excel. The Mastiff can make excellent
therapy dogs and can bring a smile to the face of those they visit.

In addition to going on walks and playing thinking games, you and your Mastiff might enjoy the
following activities:






Here are some pictures of the VVDOC Mastiffs enjoying
their favorite activities !
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VEGAS VALLEY DOG OBEDIENCE CLUB
" MUFFY "
One of the biggest dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, the massive Mastiff loves being
around people and is known to bond closely with his ‘family.’ A combination of grandeur and good
nature as well as courage and docility, he was bred in England and used as a watchdog for more
than two thousand years. The breed’s short coat can be fawn, apricot or brindle.

A Look Back
As early as 3000 B.C., drawings on Egyptian monuments depict typical Mastiffs. Later, even Caesar
noticed the fearless, strong Mastiff as it fought alongside the British soldiers in 55 B.C. Impressed
by the breed’s courage, he brought a group of them back to Rome and forced them to take part in
bull baiting, lion fighting and fights with human gladiators. Later, the Mastiff became popular with the
peasants in England, where the dogs were used to keep wolves and other dangerous predators
under control as well to as protect the home.

Right Breed for You?
The Mastiff is a powerful yet gentle and loyal companion, but because of his size and need for
space, he is best suited for country or suburban life. The breed requires light exercise and minimal
grooming.

Did You Know?
  • The Mastiff was supposed to have originated in Asia.

  • Drawings on Egyptian monuments depict typical Mastiffs dating about 3000 BC; in literature,
    the earliest Mastiff reference occurs 1121 BC.

  • Caesar described Mastiffs in his account of invading Britain in 55 BC.

  • The Mastiff was matched against human gladiators as well as against bulls, bears, lions, and
    tigers.

  • The Mastiff entertained nobility in dog fights, and later the general public, at places like the
    "Westminster Pit" in London, a fashionable sporting establishment.

  • The Mastiff is documented in Chaucer, who describes them as "large as steer."

Summary
    Working Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
    Minimum height of 30 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 27 ½ inches tall for females.
    Guard dog.

© The American Kennel Club, Inc.

The Mastiff Breed Standard - www.akc.org/breeds/mastiff/   

History of the Mastiff - www.akc.org/breeds/mastiff/history.cfm   

National Breed Club - Mastiff Club of America, Inc. - www.mastiff.org
OBEDIENCE
PUPPIES
SEPTEMBER 2012 BREED OF THE MONTH

The MASTIFF
Just a couple of weeks old
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" FLUFFY "
Winston's Bonnie Fluffy CD TD CGC
" FLUFFY "
Visiting patients and making them smile
" MUFFY "
Dressed for work
" ISABELLA "
9 week old
French Mastiff
(Dogue De Bordeaux)
JUST FOR FUN
" MUFFY "
Agility
Nose Work
Therapy Dog
Carting/Drafting
Obedience
Tracking
Conformation
Rally
Walks
"A FLUFFY JOURNEY"
VVDOC member Tina Keith wrote an article about her English Mastiff titled "A Fluffy Journey", which
appeared in the AKC GAZETTE October 2000 issue on service dogs.

You can read this wonderful article here ==>>  
Fluffy earned her Companion Dog (CD) title at the
2004 Mastiff Club Of America National Specialty,
where she was also given the Service Dog of the
Year award.
" MUFFY "
Desert Knight's Princess Muffy CD RN TD CGC
Working in the Obedience ring
" MUFFY "
Desert Knight's Princess Muffy CD RN TD CGC

Earned her Rally Novice (RN) title
" ZOE "
Lamars Opie's Angel Zoe TD CGC
Greeting the staff
6 weeks old
8 weeks old
I eat - - - I sleep
I got me a red ball !
Hanging around on the couch
Fluffy getting a massage from her buddy
Muffy wants to play a game of frisbee
" MUFFY "
" MUFFY "

and

" ZOE "
Fluffy recovering from knee surgery
Muffy getting a goodie from her Dad
" FLUFFY "
Muffy enjoying her after-dinner bone
Geesh - being a Mastiff is hard work!
Mastiff obedience training group