Welcome to the Old English Mastiff Club
Protecting and advancing the interests of 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. In 2009 the KC recorded 252 registrations but by 2018 the number had decreased by 43% to 143. Mastiff’s are currently listed as a Category Three breed.
Resignation of the President, John Rischmiller
The Committee of the OEMC would like to announce the retirement of John Rischmiller from his role as President due to health reasons. John Rischmiller became President in 2018 and had the unenviable task of presiding over the Stephen Pass case. The Committee would like to extend their thanks for his efforts during this difficult time and to wish him well for the future.
Newsletter Editor - Position Vacant
next CH. Show entry dates (pdf list)
Windsor Dog Show - 28 Jun 2019 (schedule) Judge: Mrs Pamela Jeans Brown
Closing date: Wednesday 15th May 2019 (postmark) or up to midday on Monday 3rd June 2019 at www.dog.biz
East of England Agricultural Society - 05 Jul 2019 (schedule) Judge: Ms Marion Sargent
Closing date: Friday 17th May (postmark) or up to midday on Monday 27th May 19 at www.fossedata.co.uk
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 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.
Oemc 2018 Mastiff Winners
Mastiff of the Year 2018 - Ch. Faynad Frankincense, owned and bred by Mr George Zadeh.
Best Dog 2018 - Ch. Faynad Frankincense, owned and bred by Mr George Zadeh.
Best Bitch 2018 - No outright winner.
Best Puppy - Mulaloo Midwinter Spirit, owned and bred by Mrs Debbie Harding
New Champions - 2018
Faynad Morticia for Womlu, owned by Mr & Mrs Coulman-Hole, bred by Mr George Zadeh
Faynad Storm in a Teacup, owned and bred by Mr George Zadeh