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. 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. 

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.


Lyn Say (Bulliff Mastiffs)

A Vice President of the OEMC

To all Members and Worldwide Friends of Lyn Say….

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We sadly report that Lyn passed away on Sunday 17th March 2019 after a short illness. Lyn’s presence in the OEMC and Mastiff world began in 1970 when Lyn and Chris purchased their first Mastiff, President of Shute. As a breeder, judge, committee member, newsletter and website editor, Lyn is a great loss to the Mastiff community and will be missed by all who knew her. We send our deepest condolences to Chris and her family.

Lyn will be cremated at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF at 11.50 on Friday 29th March 2019.


2nd March 2019

On the 27th February 2019 at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Stephen Pass entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Fraud by Abuse of Position.  The case was adjourned until the 18th April 2019 for sentencing reports.  Steps are being taken to recover the amount of £110,000 for the club and we will update you with further news when we receive it.

OEMC Committee


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.


OEMC Open Show

Sunday 28th April 2019 at Bearley Village Hall, Stratford on Avon. CV37 0SB

Judge: Debbie Harding (Mulaloo)

Postal entries close on 28th March 2019. Online entries close on 4th April 2019. Enter on line at www.fossedata.co.uk Schedule

Cash prizes offered for Best Dog, Best Bitch, Best Puppy and Best Veteran

Refreshments available.

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.

Mr T - 2 weeks

Mr T - 2 weeks

puppies born

13 puppies born 27th Feb 2019 - 6 boys and 7 girls - Apricot, Fawn and Brindle. Contact Mal Clark hallberdmastiff@yahoo.com   07824998060

Sando's Puppies in a Basket.

Sando's Puppies in a Basket.

Puppy LiNE

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



next CH. Show 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


The Scottish Kennel Club - 18th May 2019 (schedule) Judge: Zena Thorn-Andrews

Closing date: Tuesday 26th March (postmark). Online: up until midnight Tuesday 2nd April 19 at www.fossedata.co.uk