The breeder Fredericka Wagner of Piketon Ohio was deeply concerned with this situation and hit upon an idea of creating a mastiff-type breed, which would be deprived of excessive drooling, canine hip dysplasia, too short life span and other health concerns, which are common for the English Mastiff. In order to achieve this goal she resorted to crossing this breed to the Anatolian Shepherd, an old herding dog that came from central Turkey. Thanks to the meticulous approach to breeding process Fredericka Wagner finally developed the breed, which she named the American Mastiff. Its genetic pool is composed of 1/8 Anatolian Shepherd and 7/8 English Mastiff. Outwardly the breed is as like as two peas to the English Mastiff but it has much less health problems and it’s less predisposed to excessive drooling.
Currently two bloodlines are competing for the right to use the name “American Mastiff” for their dogs. Except for Fredericka Wagner the Panja Kennels is presently working on the improvement of the old-style Mastiff and it adopted for their canine variety the name Panja American Mastiff. Both lines haven’t yet attained the recognition of any major canine registry but the American Mastiff of Fredericka Wagner was formally accepted by the Continental Kennel Club. This breed is currently used as a companion and guard dog in the United States as well as in European countries.
Courteous American Mastiff is relatively good with unfamiliar people although it always stays on alert and ready to take action if something or someone threatens its owner. Be mindful though that some of these dogs may be outright belligerent towards all strangers and only extensive training will help to eliminate this streak. On the other hand this human aggressiveness makes it a highly effective guard dog. The breed is also suited for the role of a watchdog because of its strong territorial instinct.
The American Mastiff has pretty nasty reputation with other dogs. This powerful and confident animal believes that it must take a dominative stance among other canines and it can resort to violence in order to assert its pack leader status. At the same time it will be quite content to co-exist with one or several other dogs. This breed will also tolerate other types of pets (including cats) only if it has had an opportunity to interact with them since a young age.
The master should trim nails of this dog every 10-14 days and periodically examine its ears for the signs of redness or unpleasant smell, which usually indicate infection. Clean the dogs’ ears with a soft damp cloth if they look dirty. The American Mastiff is a moderate shedder.
This dog responds best to firm and confident handling during the lesson but excessive harshness should be avoided since it may provoke the dog to reciprocal aggression. In order to speed up the learning it’s recommended to use tasty treats and praise in training of the American Mastiff.
The breed member must always wear a leash and a muzzle when taken in public places. Remember that without essential minimum of exercises your dog will never feel itself completely at peace with its life.