i've never seen a Spanish mastiff as heavy as the one portrayed above but i've seen them work guarding my grandparents sheep and fighting bulls since I was a kid. In Spain they are extensively used because they are considered the most effect tool to guard against wolves and foxes. The Spanish wolf is about twice the size and weight of those the Kurdish fight and the Spanish mastiff does not back down from a wolf. They might not have the endurance and agility of the Kurdish mastiff but don't doubt their strength and determination to defend their flock.
|25.01.20191 replies1 replies|
I am sorry, but I do not agree in the way the Spanish mastiff is described in your article. You may have your opinions, but what do you know about the Spanish mastiff as a working dog in Spain? And why do you, who want to doubt the Spanish mastiff's skills as a working dog find the most negative photos of the breed for your article? I think it's very annoying that today, like 10-15 years ago, we can still read articles that doubt the Spanish mastiff's ability to defend a flock of sheep or other animals. Just try to do a little more research on the web - or maybe even better, in real life. Then you hopefully will see that in general the Spanish mastiff is not as described in your article. I am so damn tired of reading that the Spanish mastiff is a fat show dog, who can not walk the whole day with his flock or defend it against wolves fx, when I know that is exactly what a lot of Spanish mastiffs in Spain do every day...
|12.11.20182 replies2 replies|
With ancient root from Asian mastiffs brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Greek and Phoenician traders some 2000 years ago, this being directly descended from the Hellenic Mastiff of Greece, this powerful breed also has close ties with the original dogs of Molossia, in particular the legendary Epir Mastiff, from which it has inherited the uniform black and black-n-tan colorings still encountered in some modern Spanish lines.
There is a variety of types found within the breed, although the modern massive variant is standardized and preferred for Dog Shows. Mastin Ganadero is actually the least common one in Spain and most seen in dog shows,( Mastin Ganadero + English Mastiff + St. Bernard ) while the lighter working variety called Mastin Ligero, is still the most popular type!
So Mastin Ligero is much closer to these ancient dogs!
|22.09.20181 replies1 replies|