- Prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
- Loud sleepers (Snoring & grunting)
- Flatulence while sleeping
- Slobbering & Drooling
- Chewing the bed (when bored)
The Mastiff breeds are extremely loyal. Their protective instincts make them fantastic guard dogs as their imposing size and strength are combined with their natural guarding instincts.
They tend to have hip and elbow dysplasia due to their large weight and the fact that they grow extremely fast in their first 2 years (which leads to softer bones).
Owning a Mastiff is a great responsibility. Not only do you have to engage in mild, daily exercise to keep them fit and lean, but you also have to make sure to pick the correct xxl orthopedic dog bed to help curtail some of the joint problems later in life.
Here are our top pics of the best dog beds for the Mastiff breeds.
Best XXL Dog beds for Mastiff
1. Big Barker 7″
2. K-9 Ballistics
Where to Place your Matiff’s Dog Bed
Mastiffs have incredibly strong protective instincts. They are one of the oldest dog breeds, bred as working dogs to help protect livestock and secure property.
You should consider placing the dog bed in an open area where your Mastiff can get a good lay of the land at night. If their sleeping area is outside, ensure they have a good view over the garden area and can see most of the property perimeter. If the sleep inside, try to place the dog bed in a central living area where they can see most of the rooms and access points in the home.
These dogs are guardians. They are natural protectors of you and your family. By allowing them to sleep in a place that they can serve you by keeping you safe, you’re giving them purpose. This sense of purpose is often the difference between a happy dog and an idle or bored dog that ends up acting out in other destructive ways like chewing the dog bed or nearby furniture.
Is it Chew Proof?
Mastiffs like to chew. It’s simply in their nature. Discipline might help but for the most part, you’ll need to be prepared for some destruction. Dogs are descendant from wolves after all. You’ll need to make sure that the material used to cover your dog’s bed is tough enough to withstand at least some chewing. The options above bear that in mind.
The Mastiff Breeds
Mastiffs are the biggest dog breed. Though not always the tallest, they often outweigh other giant breeds by a huge margin. This wonderfully protective dog will find delight in companionship with you and your family while also wanting to serve you as a guard dog.
Unfortunately, big dogs like these often grow very quickly and have lower bone density. Their joints don’t always develop enough to support their large, heavy bodies. The Orthopedic Foundation of America found that around 21% of all grown Mastiffs have some sort of hip displasia.
Any unnecessary weight can be a huge burden on their frame. It’s therefore essential to feed them right and make sure they get good exercise.
If you can afford it, a raw diet of meat, bone, and organs are very good for their health. Otherwise, a high protein diet with no table scraps or unhealthy foods will go a long way to helping them stay lean and develop a good frame.
30 minutes of light exercise in the morning and another 30 in the afternoon should be enough to keep them fit and lean.
Don’t run them, walking produces a lot less strain on their joints. General playing and jumping are fine as long as you’re not straining them too much. Look at their demeanor and see if they’re getting tired. You should stop any high activity as soon as you see any strain. Also, remember that an enthusiastic puppy doesn’t know it’s own limits… you should limit their wild play to avoid hip and elbow strain while allowing bones to grow strong.
Short walks in the park or nature hikes are great because they allow them the opportunity to have the occasional short burst, while the rest of the time is spent walking at your pace.
This is the base breed from where most of the European breeds originate. They are absolutely gargantuan and were bred for their size. They are affectionate and highly protective. Their massive weight can cause severe joint problems and hip and elbow dysplasia is quite common.
- Males 150-250 pounds
- Females 120-180 pounds
- Life expectancy 8-10 years (with smaller dogs living longer)
Bred in the 1800s from English Mastiffs and Old English Bull Dogs, the Bull Mastiff is smaller and was used as gamekeepers on English estates where they would protect the local game from poachers. They also make very good family companions.
- Males 110-130 pounds
- Females 100-120 pounds
South African Mastiff (Boerbull)
These massive, strong dogs where bread to withstand the harsh African conditions as well as the onslaught of predators that can be found around the farms of Southern Africa. These include lions, hyenas, leopards, and wild dogs.
- Males 140-175 pounds
- Females 110-140 pounds
- Life expectancy 10-12 years
This gigantic long-haired dog has a very imposing look. It’s also one of the healthier Mastiff breeds and can live longer than the average. It has a tendency to bark a lot more than the average Mastiff. A great guardian, especially for livestock.
- Weight 121-198 pounds
- Life expectancy 1o-16 years
Bred in Italy, this dog is fearless and has a very strong urge to guard and protect family and property. It was also originally used to fend off larger animals like bears and bulls.
It’s unfortunately one of the unhealthiest dog breeds with a comparatively short life span.
- Weight 113-130 but can get much larger in rare cases
- Life expectancy 6-8 years
Cane Corso Italy
Yet another Italian breed, these Mastiffs make great guard dogs and excellent family protectors. In fact, to this day they are often used in protection sports. They are also particularly smart and easy to train.
- Male 100-120
- Female 100-110
- Life expectancy 10-12 years
This large white breed from South America is very friendly and affectionate. Also known for its bravery during the Argentinian war times.
- Male 88–99 pounds
- Female 77–88 pounds
- Life expectancy 10-12 years
Black as the night, this of one of the oldest Mastiff breeds and well known as a Roman war dog where it would serve as the protector of cattle and other livestock. They are excellent home protectors.
- Male 110-132
- Female 77-106
- Life expectancy 8-10 with smaller females living up to 14 years in some very healthy cases
Presa Canario Spanish Mastiff
It has a mottled coat and can be quite suspicious of unfamiliar people. Despite that, it has a calm temperament and won’t attack unless provoked. These were unfortunately used as fighting dogs in the Canary islands before 1950. This could be how their reserved and cautious personality developed.
- Male 110-130
- Female 83-110
- Life expectancy 9-11 years
Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff
This is a larger Mastiff breed resulting in shorter life expectancy and more problems with hip dysplasia, etc. Their large frame has to also carry their muscular body as these imposing animals can be huge.
- Male 120-140
- Female 120-140
- Life expectancy 5-8 years