- BIGGER - BIGGEST!
to a page dedicated to one subject only: SIZE!
English Mastiff is the heaviest dog breed in the world.
"Mighty Murphy" from England weighed 159 kilos! "Normal"
weight of a fully grown male Mastiff is between 80-100 kilos
(about 180-220 lbs.), but this varies quite a lot within
to other breeds that often are considered big, the Mastiff
is incomparable. Even if taller but less heavy breeds like
the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound can be impressive,
the English Mastiff has a combination of power, size and
massiveness that no other dog can beat. The smallest breeds
tend to look a bit funny standing beside of a Mastiff. It's
like that famous quote: "What the lion is to the cat, the
Mastiff is to the dog". It's an interesting thought that
you need at least 40 Yorkshire terriers to match the weight
of one Mastiff!
experiences with the weight of the Mastiff
you ever been driving hundreds of miles in a Volkswagen
Polo with an English Mastiff in the backseat? I have! Try
to imagine Kaiser turning around to find a better position
to sleep in. It really makes the car move as he finally
decides to "fall" down in some kind of twisted way. After
a few drives like that on slippery roads during the winter,
you find out that Mastiff-owners and small cars were not
made for each other!
up buying a Hyundai H-100 (a rather big van-like car with
place for six people, and with a large loading-room in the
back). This works a lot better with Kaiser, and for us,
too! Kaiser thinks of the car as his own personal apartment,
kind of. If a stranger comes to close to the car while Kaiser
is in it, he really knows how to tell them to keep a distance.
This car is holy property, and he knows how to spread the
word, oh yes!
time to time you simply have to move or carry a dog from
one place to another. Some time ago we went to the vet to
x-ray Kaiser's hips (they were just fine, by the way!).
He had to be drugged in order to be cooperative and relaxed.
To lift him from the floor and into the x-ray room was not
a one-man job. The vet and I managed by lifting the beast
together. A drugged or sleeping Mastiff can not be compared
to a sack of potatoes or concrete. Oh, no. Those are easy
to move in comparison. We're talking about at least 80 kilos/180
lbs. (most likely more) that are really difficult to balance
when you start lifting. Believe me - you are NOT able to
lift or move a mature male Mastiff more than a few yards
by yourself unless you're Superman! If the dog isn't able
to walk by himself I guarantee that you will need assistance
to be able to move him!
like this have made me a little concerned about what will
happen if we have an accident while being far away from
other people. Let's say Kaiser broke a leg or something
like that. If he had been a "normal" dog, I would have been
able to get him back home, at least it would be possible!
But with an English Mastiff...forget it. I guess the only
possibility would be to temporarily leave the dog in order
to get help (maybe it would be a good idea to somehow prevent
him from running away). The best thing would probably be
to find two or three men and something to carry the dog
on top of. A 90 kilos/200 lbs. none-cooperative large body
is very hard to move...
distance back home is more than a little stroll, you need
to be more than two persons to take care of this physical
challenge! If the problem can't be solved in this manner,
I have another idea: Order a helicopter! One of MASTIFF-WEB's
readers have suggested using an "Indian-stretcher", which
seems like a good idea.