The Lakota Mastino is a large Molosser type dog originating in America. It is built for working dog sports with a muscular yet agile body. The history of this bandogge goes back to 400 years when the Spanish were exploring the world. Bull dogs or Mastiffs accompanied the Spanish expatriates. These "War dogs" were abandoned by the Spanish after being defeated in the war and they were left to roam freely. These dogs were adopted by native people and then by Lakota tribe, adopting them to all aspects of their lives. The dogs later came to known as Lakota Mastiff. It is believed that this breed is the result of 50% working bulldogs bloodlines and 50% of very large molosser type.
This dog has broad and strong skull with extra skin. Moderately long muzzle has a straight nose bridge that leads to a large black nose. Rather thin and small ears are set high on the head. Muscular neck blends into strong, thick and low body that is built for long distance running. It has straight back and high withers. The tail is thick at the root, set high and tapers to the point. This breed has short and hard coat that can come in any colour though black, blue and brindle are common and preferred colours with a dash of white.
This breed of dog is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
Though black, blue and brindle are most common and preferred colours for this breed, any colour is acceptable according to breed standards.
This dog has short, dense and hard coat.
The Lakota Mastino has a very stable temperament which is marked by patience, composure, boldness and courage. This is a highly energetic and intelligent dog that learns fast and excels in dog games which require physical strength and mental stimulation like Personal Protection, Weight Pull, Mondio Ring and similar activities. This is an alert dog that is ever so watchful and attentive to its surroundings. A determined and focused dog when doing some task, it is also a brave and courageous protector who is ready to take on an intruder. It forms a strong bond with its master. This breed is noted for loyalty, desire to please its master, stability, confidence, courage, sharpness, sociability and sensitivity.
This dog makes a very good watch dog due to its alert and attentive nature. It is ready to take the action if such circumstances arise. It needs an experienced handler who can establish himself as this dogs true packleader.
This average shedder dog should be brushed once or twice a week to remove dead hair from the coat. It is a low maintenance breed that needs little in the name of grooming.
With a willingness to learn, high levels of intelligence and eager to please attitude, this dog learns fast but it does need to have a strong and stable handler who can understand this dog's behavior establish himself as its master.
The Lakota Mastino is a very active and highly energetic breed. It needs lots of physical activities as well as mental stimulation. Daily walks and ample playing time is what this dog needs along with an open and secure playing area.