Mastiff ‘Designer’ Dog

Both the Mastiff and Boxer are magnificent breeds, but there is no reason to mix the two.


Q. What is an English Mastiff and a Boxer called?

A. The Mastiff (sometimes called the Old English Mastiff) and the Boxer are both magnificent breeds. When well socialized and bred by responsible hobby breeders, they make excellent family companions.

There is absolutely no good reason to cross these two breeds to create a big, powerful, unpredictable “designer dog.” Veterinarians, shelters and good breeders alike strongly discourage this practice. In fact, conscientious breeders will insist that pet owners spay their dogs to avoid accidental mismatings that will only add to the pet population explosion.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

10/30/2013 10:32:34 AM

Good points. Not a good idea to deliberately breed "designer" dogs. There are already enough precious mixed breeds languishing in shelters in desperate need of a home.

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Rottlover   Lansing, MI

1/4/2013 12:28:52 PM

I read the comments by Mindy and Valerie, and I would like to find a 'gentle used' Rottweiler/ Mastiff etc. mix. I live in Michigan, am retired and am a experienced Rottweiler owner. My last one 'Miss Rosie,' recently passed away do to old age and cancer I would like to ask the community at large to let me know of such four legged folks that need a new home. This note is being placed on January 4th 2013. My email is:

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Mindy   Fairplay, Colorado

12/3/2012 11:04:17 AM

I own a boxer/mastiff and he is the sweetest, calmest most wonderful dog with so much personality. Nothing "unpredictable" about any dog unless you don't train them or aren't responsible of them. In which case, don't own a dog of ANY breed, mixed or not.

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valerie   vallejo, CA

11/11/2011 7:13:21 AM

I have always adopted these types of dogs at around 2 years old. When i was looking i would search shelters within 50 miles of me. Now i recently have been looking. It seems rescues take all large breeds and charge anywhere from 300. to 500. adoption fees. why would i pay that much for a grown dog that takes a lot of time to fix their issues when i can get a puppy for 500. with none of the problems.

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