The Mastador: A Complete Guide

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Being a mix of the English Mastiff, an extremely large dog, and the friendly and extroverted Labrador Retriever, the Mastador unifies these two dog breeds into a modern and family-suitable pet as well as a very good-looking dog.

While the English Mastiff appeared first in the 19th century, the Labrador Retriever has its roots in both England and Canada and first appeared around 1880.

The Mastador itself still is a relatively new hybrid that gains more and more popularity as a family-friendly and outgoing dog.

It may cost some money upfront and require time training, but if you make an effort you will be rewarded.

Mastador Puppies – Before You Buy…

A sitting Mastador looking curious
The Mastadors love to be part of your daily family life.

As much as Mastadors can be an enrichment to your everyday family life, you need to put in some investment on your part at first, not only training-wise but also money-wise.

In case you are thinking about getting yourself a Mastador pup, here are some important facts that you should consider before doing so.

What Price are Mastador Puppies?

Especially because the Mastador originates from the Labrador Retriever and is more of a designer dog at the moment, it can be quite pricey.

You’re looking at up to $2,000 if you want to get yourself one of these puppies.

Often though, there are various payment plans available, and it’s possible to find breeders who take deposits at first too.

How to Find Reputable Mastador Breeders?

The Mastador is a dog with history. Because he originates from the English Mastiff and the Labrador Retriever, two of the most popular dogs in the world, he is in fairly high demand.

Some breeders try to make money from selling cheap or fake Mastador pups. It can be quite confusing trying to identify the different sorts of hybrids when they are puppies.

To make sure that you find the right dog from the right breeder it’s important to check whether the breeder can give an account of the proper pedigree information on the parenting dogs.

Once new species of hybrids come alive, it should be easier to get a good quality dog for a reasonable price. Until that happens, you should be prepared to encounter unreasonable breeders.

3 Little-known facts about Mastador puppies

  1. Mastador puppies don’t mind to be trained when they’re young so you can and should start their training early.
  2. For Mastador puppies to grow up to be social and amicable, they need to be part of everyday family life. If they aren’t, they can develop aggressive and selfish habits.
  3. As Mastadors need a fair amount of activity, you should be prepared to walk your dog up to an hour per day and up to 10 miles per week.

Physical Traits of the Mastador

As both the English Mastiff and the Labrador Retriever are known to be tall, you can expect a Mastador to grow up to about the same height.

His size varies as you never know which parent the hybrid inherits most physical traits from.

It can be said that the face reflects the one of an English Mastiff more and the size can be seen as a reflection of the Labrador Retriever.

As the Mastador has his roots in two short-haired dog breeds his hair is known to be short and stiff too. Therefore, the hybrid doesn’t need to be taken to a groomer that often.

It’s enough to brush his fur once a week and bath him a few times a year.

Concerning the coat color, there’s a variety of possibilities. Black, brown, fawn, and brindle are all possibilities. They mostly turn out either dark or light-colored.

If you desire exceptional coat colors, then you may have to pay a bit extra. They can have either black or brown nose and their eyes tend to be either hazel or brown.

How Big is a Full-Grown Mastador?

A Mastador in the wild holding a toy
The Mastadors need a lot of exercise.

The Mastador is large to a giant-sized dog. He gets his tall body from his Labrador Retriever origins.

The full-grown average weight for a male is usually around 135 pounds, for a female, it’s around 115 pounds.

However, should there be more genes of the Mastiff present, it might be shorter and up to 20 pounds heavier.

Looking at their height, Mastadors tend to be around 30 inches tall with females being slightly shorter than males.

Again, should the Mastiff genes dominate there is a possibility that they may only end up growing up to 27.5 inches.

Being the naturally powerful and large hybrids that they are, Mastadors need to be able to satisfy their need for activity.

In case there are children around it’s important to have them grow up together in a way that the child is protected and the dog knows how to approach it cautiously.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Mastador?

On average, the Mastador grows to be around 8 to 14 years old. However, his adolescence lasts longer than it does for other dogs.

Depending on the way they are treated, they may die sooner or live longer.

Mastadors are perfect for families or individuals who are looking for a loyal family member who will guard his owner or owners in exchange for being surrounded by a loving environment.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Mastador

Mastadors are an adaptive kind of hybrid. Even though people like to get them for their appearance, they should also be trained to ensure that they are both obedient and healthy.

If well-trained, they can grow up to be the perfect family member and guard dog. They possess the intelligence to easily learn commands and follow instructions even if they sometimes have a bit of a temper.

The right training can be provided by being both firm and encouraging. They need someone who knows how to present himself so that they can follow his lead.

They have to be trained routinely with sincerity to avoid undesirable behavior.

However, even though the Mastador should be trained by someone with character, an overly gruff manner of training using a lot of violent vocabulary is not the way to do it either.

The dog only listens to what its owner and trainer say when the tone of voice is neither too noisy nor too peaceful. The better the training is, the more permanent the results will be.

Having been used as guard dogs and hunting companions, they are known for having a bit of a wild temper.

Their Labrador Retriever origins also influence this, but as long as it stays under control, it can be tolerated as common and normal Mastador behavior.

You can even take advantage of his temper by making him your guard dog as that’s what his Mastiff ancestors were used for back in the day.

Generally, the Mastador is a very social dog. They don’t mind everyday family life and enjoy having a routine during the week and playing around on the weekend.

Take them for a run in the park, and they’ll be the happiest animals that you can find. These hybrids know how to take care of your family and how to make you benefit from them.

The Mastador’s Diet

A smiling English Mastiff and Labrador Retriever mix
The Mastadors can be trained to serve as excellent guard dogs.

Since these dogs are quite active and are very large. They need a lot of food.

Mastadors might cost you up to $90 a month as they eat about 3.5 cups of food per day.

When they have a day full of activity, they might need more food than usual, and you should increase their food intake.

Mastadors are fine with being fed during the day.

They should be fed once in the morning, then again around noon, and one final time before they go to sleep.

After that, you won’t have to worry about them begging for food because they should be satisfied.

How Much Exercise Does a Mastador Need?

As the Mastador is quite an athletic dog, he needs a fair amount of exercise.

Not as much as the Labrador Retriever since he’s mixed with the rather sedentary English Mastiff, but he will still want to be walked twice a day.

It’s ok to leave him alone for a few hours during the day while the owner is at work and the kids are at school but he will need to be outside for up to 60 minutes every day.

They love to visit parks and places where they can run around with their owners.

Mastador Health and Conditions

Although they generally live long lives, the Mastador, like any other hybrid, suffers from quite a few minor health conditions from time to time.

The most widespread ones are illnesses affecting their joints as they are quite active and energetic dogs.

It’s most common when they are aging and might cause them to limit their mobility and lose some weight.

When aging, they can easily get cataracts, so regular eye examinations and visits to the vet will need to be planned.

Can it travel by car?

Your Mastador will be well-mannered during car travel provided that it is seated comfortably and has been made comfortable with car rides from its puppy days.

To ensure that it is not uncomfortable, you should invest in a crate and start crate training your Mastador from an early age.

That being said, you should keep your pet’s size in mind when purchasing a crate.

Your tiny little puppy will grow up to be a huge canine and this growth will happen over as little as six months. Therefore, you should get your hands on a crate that your pet can easily grow into.

You can even get a divider for the crate if it seems to be too big for your pet for the time being.

Moreover, the Mastador is very family-oriented and will be most comfortable in the presence of its owners.

Considering this aspect of the Mastador, car rides should be no issue with this breed as it will sit comfortably and obediently as long as it is not left alone in the car.

Despite its large and intimidating size, the Mastador is quite loving and gentle, even with people it meets for the first time.

So you need not worry about your pet posing a threat to the general public because it will get along just fine with strangers that it comes across.

It is also important to note that the Mastador loves to spend time outside of the house, so a car ride is one of the best ways to help with its socialization and keep it from getting frustrated within the house.

Finally, the Mastador enjoys and thrives in an active environment, so as long as you are on the move, your pet shall have no complaints.

Grooming Advice

Mastador is a very special designer breed that will not give much trouble to the owner when it comes to grooming needs and requirements.

Your Mastador dog will not require you to brush it more than two to three times in a week as the coat of this breed is rather short and stiff.

This short and stiff coat does not tangle up or let excessive dirt or mud get trapped underneath it and hence it is much easier to take care of than a longer coat.

The short and stiff fur also allows for a swift discard of all dirt and water with great efficiency so that your dog remains clean even if you don’t have time to clean it.

Keeping all of these in mind, one wouldn’t be surprised to know that the Matador only requires bathing once or twice every year.

As with most other dogs, you need to have consistent check-ups of your dog and need to make sure that your dog isn’t showing any signs of fatigue or tiredness without exercise.

Since the Matador loves to spend time in the water, you must regularly check its ears to see if any bacteria is forming or not.

Just twice a week should be enough and cleaning them every time you take a look will only lessen the odds of any bacteria forming.

For active dogs such as the Matador, you must keep an eye on their gait as well as their footpads to see if there is any bruising or not.

Lastly, brush your dog’s teeth at least once every three days if not more to prevent any teeth or gum problems.

The health of your Matador pup depends on how well you can keep it and how well you can look after it.

Final Thoughts on the MastadorA sitting Mastador looking at you

If you’re in a financial situation where you can afford a Mastador and looking for something different than a simple Labrador Retriever or an English Mastiff to keep you and your family company, the Mastador is a great idea for you.

They are social, loyal and active and will bring some life in your home.

Mastadors will keep you company for many years and make great companions for a family home.

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