Italian Mastiff: The Rarest Dog Breed in the World
The Italian Mastiff, as its name suggest, originated from the Tibetan Mastiff used in guarding ancient monasterie. When it arrived in Italy, it became a working dog mainly by hunting, protecting its masters and fighting battles. Also known as “Cane Corso”, the Italian Mastiff dogs were used in accompanying their masters to carry valuables like jewelry and money in case of robbery. Since the strength and courage of the Italian Mastiff has been proven to knock down wild boars and bears, this dog became popular for its loyalty and ability to protect.
Just like other Mastiff breeds, the Italian Mastiff is a massive, powerfully built dog with an elegant appearance and long muscles. It sports a short oily coat, intense eyes and wide muzzle. It is known for agility, intelligence, endurance and strength. The active, even-minded and highly trainable Italian Mastiff is an unequalled watchdog.
The Italian Mastiff can be very devoted to its master and family. They are great with children due to their protective instincts and natural gentleness. In fact, the Italian Mastiff is tolerant and patient with children in the family. Regardless of gender, the Italian Mastiff is usually more protective of children and women. The Italian Mastiff dogs are also affectionate and docile with their masters, sticking very close to their families and often following their masters around the house, instead of wandering outdoors.
An Italian Mastiff has an extremely stable temperament, making them excellent guard dogs. For centuries, the Italian Mastiff has been bred as working dogs. They are very intuitive and can spot small changes to their environment. As such, an Italian Mastiff may bark and react negatively when a piece of furniture is moved to another place or a new item is added in a room.
Although the ancient Italian Mastiff participated in battles at arenas, the new breed of Italian Mastiff is not a fighting dog. As such, these dogs will not usually go out picking a fight with other canines. However, when another dog tries to attack, the Italian Mastiff will not back down.
Since the Italian Mastiff can be aggressive to other dogs and strangers, he requires an experienced master to control him. Socialization should also be introduced early during puppyhood. Without proper socialization, the Italian Mastiff can become fearful, aggressive, nervous and overly cautious. While an Italian Mastiff puppy can become rowdy, they can become submissive and well-mannered adults after proper obedience training. They are easy to train, willing to please and effortless to housebreak.
Generally, Italian Mastiff dogs are great companions, but they are considered a quiet Mastiff breed. While they would give themselves completely to their masters, they remain to be suspicious and aloof of strangers and would-be intruders. However, they can back down from their defensive stance if the Italian Mastiffs’ masters are around. When trained and raised properly, these types of dogs can be submissive to all family members, including children.
Despite the rugged appearance of the Italian Mastiff, they are extremely sensitive with their families, even becoming upset for hours when scolded by their masters. Unlike other breed that only craves attention and companionship, the Italian Mastiff “needs” bonding and interaction from their families else they will suffer both physically and mentally.
Most Italian Mastiff dogs have high activity levels outside, but enjoy hiking, swimming, playing fetch or other dog sports played with their masters. However, other Italian Mastiffs are natural couch potatoes. Meaning, the energy level of each Italian Mastiff varies largely from one individual canine to the next.
When trained, loved and raised in a loving home, the Italian Mastiff can give effective protection to the house and family, while giving undying affection and devotion that is sure to capture anyone’s heart. With these unique characteristics, the Italian Mastiff is truly one rare breed.
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