American Mastiffs are
registered with the
Continental Kennel Club (C.K.C.)
THE AMERICAN MASTIFF looks identical to the English mastiff in color, shape, size, etc.
however, they have a much dryer mouth due to out-crossing early on in the history of the breed.
They are very much the "gentle giant."
These wonderful dogs love children and are totally devoted to their family. wise, kind and gentle, they are patient and
understanding, very loving with their own people. They are accepting and non-aggressive to your friends, visitors
(and the postman), however if anyone threatens their family, especially the children, this dog will gladly give its life
We insist on our puppies going only to loving homes where they
will be part of the family. They are easily housetrained using the same training methods used for any puppy.
They need to live in the house and be part of the family. They are
content and happy when with their family.
AMERICAN MASTIFF HISTORY OF THE BREED
The Flying W Farms American Mastiff (TM) was
developed over many years of selective breeding by Fredericka Wagner
of Flying W Farms, Piketon, Ohio. The goal was to develop a dog that
had the size, temperament, disposition, and the appearance of the
Mastiff, but with fewer health problems, and much dryer mouth than
other mastiff breeds. This was accomplished by crossing the English
Mastiff with the Anatolian Mastiff during the early development of
THE AMERICAN MASTIFF IS RECOGNIZED AND REGISTERED WITH CKC
(THE CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB)
CKC recognized the AMERICAN MASTIFF
BREED as PUREBREDS in January of 2000.
Thereafter only offspring of PUREBRED REGISTERED AMERICAN MASTIFFS
CKC AR numbers will be accepted for registration as Purebred
mastiff is a large, massive, powerful dog with a moderately broad head, dropped
ears, kindly wide set eyes, of brown or amber color, the darker the better.
Powerful neck, wide, deep chest, muscular back. Tail is wide at the root,
tapering to the end, hanging straight in repose, forming slight curve. The
overall appearance should be of proportions slightly longer in body than in
maturity is typically 32 to 36 inches for males. Males average weight is 160 to
over 200 pounds. Height at maturity for females is typically 28 to 34 inches.
Females average between 140 and 180 pounds. Larger or smaller for both males and
females is acceptable provided the dog is in good proportion and structurally
preferred, but a moderately undershot jaw should not be faulted providing the
teeth are not visible when the mouth is closed.
The coat must
be short and dense, and of a fawn , apricot or brindle color. However, as in
other mastiff breeds, very rarely a puppy will have a longer coat; this is known
as a "fluffy" and is extremely rare but not a fault.
Fawn, (varying shades from very
light cream to darker fawn) also Apricot and Brindle.
Brindle should have fawn or apricot as a background color
which should be patterned with dark stripes. Puppies are all born dark, and
lighten as they grow older, some becoming very light fawn by age one year; some
retain dark hairs. (Not a fault.) White on foot, chest , nose and sometimes the
chin, is not a fault.
Muzzle should be dark in color,
darker the better with same color around the eye orbits and extending upward
between them. This is know as the "Black mask".
American Mastiffs must exhibit the black mask in order to meet the breed
Legs: Strong, set wide apart,
heavy boned. Feet are large, round, and compact.
In movement, the gait denotes power and strength; rear legs drive while forelegs
track smoothly with good reach.
The American mastiff is a combination of grandeur, good nature, and gentleness.
Dignity rather than gaiety. They are neither shy nor vicious. The well trained
American Mastiff is calm, controlled, and confident. Understanding, patient, and
loving with their family, especially children. They are generally aloof towards
strangers. A well-socialized American Mastiff is friendly yet sensitive and
alert to changing situations. They are not aggressive by nature but
will defend their family if necessary. They respond to threats with judicious
warnings and courageous action if needed.