Exercising Your MastiffGood Exercises For Your Mastiff

The Mastiff (also know as Old English Mastiff) is an ancient dog which may have existed in Great Britain for over 2,000 years.  It is believed to be descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, a smaller mastiff breed. The Mastiff was developed as a guard dog, for fighting, and for companionship.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • large, heavy, powerful dog, from 120 to 230 pounds as an adult
  • short muzzle
  • short, smooth coat


  • patient and good-natured
  • stoic, calm, docile
  • gentle, loyal and affectionate

Best Exercises

  • short to medium walks (15 – 40 minutes)
  • leisurely hikes
  • short games (15 – 20 minutes) at catch or any game where they chase things

Suggested Exercise Plan

Even though this is a big dog, his exercise needs are rather low. At least one short to moderate walk – casual or brisk – every day is good.

Things To Note

  • Do NOT over exercise young dogs, under a year. They may look grown, but they are NOT. Bones and joints are still developing and too much exercise can negatively impact development.
  • Train this breed to walk properly on a leash while young, or have obedience lessons if you get this dog older. Walks with a large dog that pulls or darts will quickly be frustrating.
  • Dogs with short muzzles do not do well in hot weather. Have a little playtime indoors instead of a walk on hot days (above the mid-80’s).
  • Has a tendency for hip dysplasia.