ENGLISH MASTIFF - MISTAKES INDIAN BREEDERS DO IN RAISING THEM.
05 Dec 2009
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Before I start I would like to clearify that ‘I MYSELF AM NOT A MASTIFF BREEDER’ but yes I have done lot of research on and English mastiff have seen almost all the greatest mastiffs around the world and I do have a English mastiff from Australia.
What really made me to write this blog is because India does'nt have good mastiff breeders rather I would say Indian breeders lack the knowledge in raising an English Mastiff. First let us understand this so called “ENGLISH MASTIFF” or just “MASTIFF”. JUST IN SORT ,MASTIFFS ARE HEAVY , VERY HEAVY , HEAVYEST DOG IN THE WORLD. When a full grown English Mastiffs stands .....It looks like THERE IS NO COMPETITION ,NO CAMPARISION ,ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and all other breeds seems to be bowing in front of him and that is the only reason i’m madly in love with this breed. Now let us understand the mistakes breeders make in raising them.
MISTAKE 1 : MASTIFF IS JUST LIKE OTHER HUGE DOGS LIKE GREAT DANE.
As i told before, mastiffs are heavy dogs, it cannot be compared with dane or any other huge dog.A is altogether a different breed , Mastiffs are totally different. They are much more Great Dane complicated breed than danes. Their Diet would be different than that of a dane. It takes lot of care , special diet , health issues to deal with to get your mastiff in a complete form. A mastiff grows so fast that you almost can see them growing.
MISTAKE 2 : A TWO YEAR OLD MASTIFF IS FULL GROWN.
Now that is the bigest crap i heard for mastiffs. NO, NO, NO.... Mastiff takes full 4 long yrs to grow and to come in a complete form. You can see a good grown mastiff at the age of 3 yrs...but they still grow till 4 yrs. Infact it has been o bserved that mastiffs keeps on putting weight for their entire life. That is the reason it’s so hard to raise them. A Mastiff only takes body length and height till the age of 2 yrs.....after 2yrs they start to fill out. They are just considered puppy till the age of 2 yrs. Most breeders feed good quality food till the age of 1.5 to 2 yrs considering that it is their complete growth. Maybe after that they don’t feed them good quality food and that is the main reason the mastiffs don’t take the complete form as we see abroad. And then i hear this reason of “you know Indian climate is not made for mastiffs, so they don’t grow as they do in UK or other countries”. The problem is Indian breeders want fast result..which is not possible in English Mastiff. It takes lot of patience and time raising a Mastiff. I have seen mastiffs of 4 yrs taking weight of just 70-75kg. I think its a insult to this great breed. A Mastiff should come atleast close to 100kg at 4 yrs.
MISTAKE 3 : LET US GIVE SOME EXTRA SUPPLEMENTS AND CALCIUM FOR STRONG BONES.
NO, NEVER. Never do that....you will only end up with a mastiff with all sorts of problems. Mastiff only requires good quality food. Do not give extra calcium or proteins/vitamins. It is just like a slow poison acting for your mastiff. The reason is Mastiff grows at such a astonishing rate ... that extra can supplements damage the organs. Extra calcium can damage the kidneys and the mastiff will have kidney stone. Extra calcium is also responsible for naturally dislocating the bone joints.Extra Protien/vitamin can easily damage the lungs. The thing is you will never realise it. Till the age of 2 yrs things will be fine. After that your mastiff will start getting the problems and the Fact is “the days are over for your mastiff”. As i told before breeders want fast result..they want that their mastiff should grow fast. NOT POSSIBLE IN MASTIFFS.
MISTAKE 4: LET US GIVE SOME REAL GOOD EXERCISE TO MASTIFF.
No, Mastiff does not require a good exercise. A small walk thrice a day will keep your mastiff happy and healty. Do not make your mastiff run like a or Alsatian . Yes, a mastiff should have good stamina so that it can perform well i Lab n dog show. But over exercise/running can almost kill.
MISTAKE 5 : MY MASTIFF IS TAKING GOOD BULK....I’M LOVING IT.
Beware for this. Mastiff should never ever get fat. As i told before mastiffs takes 4 yrs to grow. Let the mastiff grow at his pace. Do not try and feed him more and get him fat...you will only ask for problems in the future. I have seen mastiffs taking weight of 90kg at just 18 months. This is very dangerous for your mastiff. A overweight mastiff will have short life. Mastiffs should take weight slowly. give him atleast 3 yrs to take the weight. Always check the last rib of the mastiff. You should able to see it or feel it while he is standing. If not which means he is fat and then you need to get off some kgs out of him. This thing does not matter when he is full grown.
MISTAKE 6 : LET US GIVE COOKED FOOD/ COOKED MEAT TO MASTIFF.
Although this is altogether a different topic. I really don’t understand one thing “ why to give cooked food or meat “ Although it may sound bad and most of the vets in india don’t suggest to give raw meat, Believe me or not....Raw Meat is just like “amrit” for your dog/Mastiff. Do a great looking lion or tiger have cooked meat ?. Who cooks the meat for them In the jungle?.Still how do they look so Great?. The thing is dogs are carnivorus and their digestive system is not at all made to have cooked stuff. They are made to have food raw. The only thing to take care of is the meat should be clean and fresh...there are chances of many bacterial problem if given bad meat. At the other hand dogs saliva contains anti-bacterial stuff which helps them to kill all the bacteria in the meat. Meat has to be given mixed with other veggies so that it will be a complete diet for your mastiff.