Some hundred years ago the Mastiff was a
great warrior. He fought the battles man put him in, and he fought
them well. Those days are long gone, and no one seems to be happier
about that than the Mastiff himself. He is now a completely retired
fighter, dedicated to watching over his family and friends. With
his great sense of patience and affection, he must be said to
be the best example of "man's best friend".
English Mastiff is normally great with children. He seems to understand
that they are "puppies", and treats them gently. He
is both patient and protective, and despite of his size and weight,
he can be trusted to look after even small children. If the dog
isn't used to children at all, he is able to learn how to deal
with them even if he's fully grown. The ideal situation is of
course to bring up the puppy with the "human puppies".
Some dogs don't have the same respect for children as they have
for adults. The Mastiff would never harm a child, but the most
dominant males may try to inform the youngster that he doesn't
want to be treated like dead meat. This doesn't mean that he'll
hurt the child. It's more likely that he'll grab the child's arm
or hand gently, to say "don't do that!".
the Mastiff couldn't handle being with other dogs, you would never
want to have one! It would be totally impossible to control a
200 lbs. aggressive male! All there is to say about this, is that
you have no reason to worry at all! The English Mastiff is a very
peaceful and tolerant breed. Even if another dog attacks, the
Mastiff often turns his back to the opponent. He will NOT fight
unless he has to. Self defense is the only reason for an average
Mastiff to use his strength. Many Mastiffs love to be with smaller
breeds. Some say they are not aware of their impressive size,
and that they feel comfortable playing with small dogs because
of that. The chances are bigger that many Mastiffs almost never
meet other dogs as big as themselves, and therefore they find
such big dogs just as scary as smaller dogs often do. They experience
their own strength by playing (and fighting...) with other dogs.
If a dog seldom gets the opportunity to play, he won't be able
to be aware of his might.