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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Herding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 95-200 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Nebolish Mastiff is a relatively new dog breed that originated in North America and Canada. It is a large giant size dog with an even temperament. It was developed in an attempt to create a more agile mastiff with none of the typical health problems that mastiff dogs tend to suffer from. Uncertainty prevails over the breeds that were used in the development of this gentle giant but some sources claim that this dog was developed by crossing of Neapolitan Mastiff and English Mastiff breeds though it has not been proven scientifically or otherwise yet. Another theory states that its progenitors include Great Danes, other mastiffs and the Boxer. The Nebolish Mastiff is the most agile and the rarest of the mastiff breeds. Unlike most other mastiffs, it can easily outpace predators such as wolves. This large dog stands between 27-36 inches in height and weighs anywhere between 95 to 200 lbs. It has a strong muscular body with large bones and broad chest giving the dog a top heavy look. It has a broad head with natural ears and short snout. Short to medium length coats are common for this breed but it is rarely seen in long coats as well. This dog comes in fawn and brindle coloring, with or without black mask. Long tail is docked. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
The coat color of the Nebolish Mastiff can be fawn or brindle with or without a black mask. There can be white markings but the preference is for a solid color. Occasionally, although it is rare, the coat can be silver, usually without the mask, and this is accepted by breeders.
The coat of the Nebolish Mastiff ranges in length from short to long, but the desired is a medium-short coat that is rough to the touch and covers the dog completely.
The Nebolish Mastiff is described as an even tempered, dignified and gentle dog. It is an intelligent and friendly breed that is easy to train. With natural protective instincts, the dog is alert, devoted and protective of its family. It is a trustworthy dog with children as it is known to be specially kind and gentle with them. Often used as a working dog or livestock protector, the Nebolish Mastiff is an agile and able livestock guardian. Though easy to train, this dog is not for everyone, not only due to its massive size but also because the dog will become stubborn, willful and hard to handle if it senses that its master is not a true packleader. This breed is for experienced dog handlers who can establish themselves as this dog's true packleaders. Training is important for this dog to follow rules to be well rounded and socialization will remove any risk of aggression. The Nebolish Mastiff makes an excellent family member with its good nature, even temperament, loving and loyal attitude and playful and gentle disposition.
As with most short coated dogs, grooming needs are minimal for this short to medium coated breed. Once in a while brushing will prove sufficient to keep the coat clean and free of dead hair.
The Nebolish Mastiff is an easy to train dog with its intelligence and good nature. This dog does require firm rules to follow and an experienced trainer who can train the dog with positive reinforcement methods. This dog is not for first time or weak owners as it will become stubborn, willful and hard to handle.
The Nebolish Mastiff is a working dog breed with high energy levels. It will need lots of physical and mental stimulation to be happy and content. A large secure yard will be helpful for this dog to let off its excessive energy through run, roam and play. A daily long walk is a must to satisfy a dog's primal need to walk.