Welcome to the Old English Mastiff Club
Supporting The English Mastiff Since 1883
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 are currently listed as a Category Three breed.
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.
By the eighteenth century 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.