What are the different kinds of mastiff breeds?

I know there's an english mastiff, a bull mastiff, and a neapolitan mastiff. Are there any more? Also, what are the different personality traits in the different breeds?

Many types! Commonly called collectively a "Molosser breed"
Olde English mastiff
Neopolitan mastiff
Italian Mastiff (cane corse)
Spanish Mastiff
South African Boerboel (African mastiff)
Panja
American Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff
Dogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
Fila Brasiliero (Brazilian Mastiff)

All these breeds are Molosser type dogs and are specifically bred for guarding. they are great guard dogs not only because of their size and presence, but also because they are not BITE HAPPY, but rather possess the ability to knock down and hold.

Each breed was bred for a slightly different purpose… so research each to find out which is best for you.
For example, there is a HUGE difference between the Boerboel's (African Mastiff) temperment, disposition and activity level and the English Mastiff's…. each must be studied if you are looking for a specific pure breed of mastiff.
A heavy hand is NEVER the way to train a mastiff, it has been said that mastiffs respond well to proper training and are easily trained, but will be inclined to react with aggression if aggression is used to train them.

Bullmastiff FYI is not a mastiff breed, but rather it's own breed of 40% English Bulldog, 60% English Mastiff.

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6 Responses to What are the different kinds of mastiff breeds?

  1. alyssa_the_great21 says:

    Actually funny you mention Mastiff. My husband and I had a mastiff and sharpie mix. Don't know the name but they are the cutest dogs ever. She had some rolls like a sharpie but had a mastiff look. Best dog ever, very teachable and loyal.
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  2. rescue member says:

    Look on the AKC website – just 2 kinds, Mastiff and Bull Mastiff.
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  3. Peter V says:

    Many types! Commonly called collectively a "Molosser breed"
    Olde English mastiff
    Neopolitan mastiff
    Italian Mastiff (cane corse)
    Spanish Mastiff
    South African Boerboel (African mastiff)
    Panja
    American Mastiff
    Tibetan Mastiff
    Dogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
    Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
    Fila Brasiliero (Brazilian Mastiff)

    All these breeds are Molosser type dogs and are specifically bred for guarding. they are great guard dogs not only because of their size and presence, but also because they are not BITE HAPPY, but rather possess the ability to knock down and hold.

    Each breed was bred for a slightly different purpose… so research each to find out which is best for you.
    For example, there is a HUGE difference between the Boerboel's (African Mastiff) temperment, disposition and activity level and the English Mastiff's…. each must be studied if you are looking for a specific pure breed of mastiff.
    A heavy hand is NEVER the way to train a mastiff, it has been said that mastiffs respond well to proper training and are easily trained, but will be inclined to react with aggression if aggression is used to train them.

    Bullmastiff FYI is not a mastiff breed, but rather it's own breed of 40% English Bulldog, 60% English Mastiff.
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  4. John says:

    also theres italian mastiff, more commonly known as cane corso
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  5. TBDDF says:

    Mastiffs fall into a category called Molossers. Molossers are sometimes called "mastiffs". The proper noun "Mastiff", however, is used to refer to the English Mastiff, a breed that originated in England over two thousand years ago. Other terms include "Mastín" (Spanish), "dogge" (Germanic), and "dogue" or "dogo" (Romance languages). Check out Wikipedia and type in Molossers.
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  6. Alyssa says:

    French Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux)
    Tibetan Mastiff
    Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff)
    Spanish Mastiff

    All mastiffs are large, heavy dogs bred for guard work. They each have their own appearance as far as hair and color, but they are all pretty similar in temperment.
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