Welcome to the Old English Mastiff Club

Protecting and advancing the interests of The English Mastiff Since 1883

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The English Mastiff is a GIANT breed and one of the oldest breeds in the UK.  They are as fit for function and fit for purpose as any other breed - substance supports their size. 

The Mastiff is listed by the Kennel Club as a Vulnerable British breed and is currently listed as a Category Three breed. 

Find out what it’s like owning a Mastiff with two of the Club’s members, Diana Yemm and Mark Fox. Filmed by the www.naturallyhappydogs.com website.



Retirement of Hon Sec., Hilary Cook

We are losing our lovely Hon Sec, Hilary Cook, after 4 years of hard work and loyal service to the OEMC, its members and Mastiffs. She will be leaving at the end of the year and the Committee and Officers would like to extend their thanks for the hard work and commitment given unreservedly throughout her time as Hon Sec., and especially during a very difficult period in the Club’s history. We wouldn’t have had a club without her.

Members: Annual Subscriptions are due on 1st January 2019.

UK & EU Countries: Single membership £15 plus £5 for each individual member at the same address.

ROW: Single membership £24 plus £6 for each additional member at the same address. English Pounds only.

Membership will cease if payment is not received by 1st March 2019.

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Crufts (Hall 5, ring 28) 8th March 19 (schedule) Judge: Mr K R Newhouse. Closing date Monday 7th January 2019 (postmark). Online Monday 21st January 2019


Sunday 14th April 2019

Venue: The Church Hall, St Peters Church, Catherine De Barnes Lane, Bickenhill. B92 0DN

Members who wish to add an item to the Agenda or a Proposal, should send these to the Treasurer by 14th February 2019. Proposals should include names and signatories of the Proposer and Seconder and be worded in such a way that a vote may be taken.

Historically, the Mastiff was predominantly used as a guard dog to protect livestock from the bears and wildlife that roamed the forests and woodlands of the country.    When the Romans invaded England they were so impressed by their courage, size and strength that they took them back to Rome to fight Bears and Lions in the arena's.  Over the centuries the Mastiff continued to suffer from great cruelty.  Due to their characteristics they were used in wars and in Medieval times for much the same purposes as the Romans.  

 Ch. Canonbury Autobiography

Ch. Canonbury Autobiography

By the eighteenth century though they were being used for guarding estates and were known for their courage, loyalty and protectiveness towards their owners whilst having gentle and placid temperaments making them great companions. 

Sydenham Edwards, a natural history illustrator, wrote in the Cynographia Britannica in 1800 'What  the Lion is to the Cat, the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sink before him'. 

If you are interested in sharing your life and home with a Mastiff please have a good look at our site and if you still think this is the breed for you, we hold an Open show in April and a Championship show in August and you would be more than welcome to come along and meet our beautiful breed and chat to their owners.

 Sando's Puppies in a Basket.

Sando's Puppies in a Basket.

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For information and advice before buying a Puppy visit the Puppy Line pages.


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