In an attempt to deal with the issue of hip dysplasia in American Mastiffs, Fredericka Wagner of Flying W Farms crossed an English Mastiff with an Anatolian Mastiff, a very old mastiff breed known for its intelligence and lengthy lifespan for a large breed. Through selective breeding, the American Mastiff was created.
American Mastiffs are calm, quiet dogs and are ideal for families with children. They are docile, good-natured dogs, but are very protective of their human owners.
American Mastiff dogs come in three colors – fawn, apricot and brindle. When puppies are born they are dark in color and tend to lighten and achieve their true color by the age of one.
American Mastiffs tend to be healthy and happy dogs with fewer reported incidents of many of the health problems generally seen in other large breeds. However, the Mastiff suffers from some of the same health problems common in other purebred dogs.
Mastiffs are susceptible to heart disease, cancer, and canine hip dysplasia, with hip dysplasia being the most common. Canine Hip Dysplasia affects millions of dogs every year and can result in debilitating orthopedic disease of the hips. Many Mastiffs suffer from hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis (OCD), and arthritis, resulting in a shortened lifespan and a reduced quality of life.
Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal development of the hip causing excessive wear of the joint cartilage during weight bearing, eventually leading to the development of arthritis, often called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis.
Winston’s Joint System has a history of successful treatment of hip dysplasia in Mastiffs. Winston’s is a combination of three natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. It contains no drugs and has no side-effects because it’s just good whole food.
Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue. Within the first 30 days of treatment, dogs on Winston’s Joint System show noticeable and often remarkable improvement.
Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy but they will stay in better and healthier condition if given regular exercise. They should be taken on regular daily walks to help release their mental and physical energy. They can live acceptably well in a small house or apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are comparatively inactive indoors, so their ideal living conditions should consist of at least a small yard or daily walks.
if given the proper care and training, the Mastiff can be a loyal and protective member of your family.