English Mastiff Protection Stories
January 5, 2019
Even though English Mastiffs are a fairly calm and docile breed, that isn’t to say that they haven’t stepped up to the mark while protecting their human families. The English Mastiff has been protecting humans since the 6th century BC, they were later utilised after the Roman Invasion to take part in blood sports as they would often be placed into fighting pits with other large animals such as lions. In the years since the Roman Invasion, the popularity of the breed declined almost until the point of extinction in the UK. Through much investment in the preservation of the breed, their numbers grew once more.
Considering that they are the heaviest dogs in the world weighing in on average at 14 stone, it’s no surprise that they are popular as a guard dog which is openly welcomed into family homes. English Mastiffs make excellent pets, even for families with children. Generally, when they feel threatened, they are much more likely to bark and defend rather than go in for the kill. What is even more impressive about English Mastiffs is the fact that they act as the perfect guard dog without any training, through the preservation of the ancient breed lines protection is an inherent part of their personality. But aggression is not. No owner should dare to drive aggression into a breed unless they fancy being slapped with a lawsuit afterwards.
22-Stone Mastiff VS Burglar
This tale may be 10 years old, yet it is the best example of a mastiff’s bravery and dedication to protecting its owners. Of course, for the Mastiff, in question, it all came naturally to protect the family home in Cromwell, UK after it noticed a burglar hopping over the fence while it was minding its own business gnawing on a bone. Prior to the event, the Mastiff had no cause for aggression or display of strength, it had been a loyal and gentle family pet for three years. While he may be old now, back then, he was in his prime when he took it upon himself to guard the family home.
Although there are no eyewitnesses to say what exactly happened the moment the burglar jumped the fence, the chilling screams and the roars from the garden told enough of a tale. Upon hearing the commotion George Watson ran outside only to see the would-be burglar tearing away in his van. Yet, he still left behind shreds of his own t-shirt which the family pet had been kind enough to tear off him when he tried to make a grab for the family’s lawnmower.
Although it is interesting to note that even though the English Mastiff certainly had the ability to tear more off the unwelcomed guest, he only wanted to put holes in clothes. There could have been great repercussions for the dog if he had mauled the attacker to death, so even though many people may look for that killer instinct in a dog, having your pet put down for aggression is something no owner ever wants to experience.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
One family in the US who had adopted a mastiff from a rescue organization which specifically catered to the breed returned from an evening late one night. They noticed that their loyal and friendly pet didn’t greet them the usual way by bolting to the door to celebrate their arrival, after looking around the home, the dog was still nowhere to be found. Just as the family were starting to worry the dog had escaped, they found the dog in the back garden, as the sun had just set, it was hard for the family to make out the reason why the dog wasn’t responding while being called.
Upon closer inspection, the family found their Mastiff pinning a burglar against their garden fence instead of harming the intruder, the dog simply kept the burglar in his place as he begged for the family to call off their dog. Which they did do eventually, only after they had called the police and got him booked for attempted robbery. The dog exhibited a behaviour which is not uncommon for Mastiffs by not biting the attackers, just bristling and lunching at the attacker to keep them firmly rooted to the spot. It’s almost as though they know how calling the police works.