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 and is currently listed as a Category Three breed.
AGM - 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 or Hon Sec 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.
Update - 11 February 2019. The case has been adjourned and will be heard on 27th February 2019.
15th January 2019 - Mr Stephen Pass attended Basingstoke Magistrates Court on the 15th January 2019. The case has been allocated to Winchester Crown Court and will be heard on the 13th February 2019 at 9.30am.
2nd January 2019 - Statement from the President of the OEMC
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.
Below you will find the latest update from Hampshire Police. As you will see, a date has been arranged for Mr Pass to appear at court on 15th January 2019.
We can inform you that the sums involved are in excess of £90,000. As soon as we know what course of action has been taken, we will be able to discuss and answer questions more fully, hopefully at the AGM in April.
John Rischmiller, President and Press Officer, OEMC
Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that a man is due to appear at court to face a charge of fraud following postal requisition. Stephen Pass, 64, of Green Lane, Monxton, Hampshire, is due to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court On Tuesday 15th January 2019. The Charge relates to an alleged fraud at the Old English Mastiff Club during a period between 1st September 2012 and 13th March 2018.
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.
next entry dates (pdf list)
Birmingham National Dog Show - Thursday 9th May 19 (Schedule) Judge: Mrs Ann-Marie Class
Closing date: Sat 16th March 19 (postmark). Online: 12 noon Thurs 28th March 19 www.dog.biz
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.
For information and advice before buying a Puppy visit the Puppy Line pages.