When searching for a new canine addition to your family, the Korean Mastiff might not be the first dog that comes to mind. However, if you are interested in adopting a larger dog then it is worthwhile to consider this breed of gentle giants.
There is no doubt that the Korean Mastiff is a dog to be reckoned with. Having been breed from the equally massive Neapolitan Mastiff, Japanese Tosa-Inu and the Dogue de Bordeaux, this breed is one of the largest, weighing in between 145-165 pounds. They most closely resemble the Neapolitan though the influence of the de Bordeaux has shortened the length of their wrinkly face. The Korean Mastiff has a short, shiny coat that can be chocolate, mahogany or red.
This dog has an intimidating appearance but it can be misleading. You’re more likely to find a Korean Mastiff lounging on your couch rather than barking out the window at strangers. That said, they are still a guarding breed and will try to protect your family or your home if they feel threatened.
It is important to train the Korean Mastiff early so that the dog respects you as the pack leader. This training will teach the dog to look to you for cues when interacting with new people. Early socialization will also help the dog to not be over-protective of you and your family.
Overall, the Korean Mastiff is a sweet natured breed of dog and makes excellent family pets. They are known to be lazy and like to lounge nearby family members. They also have a tendency to lean against their owners. Though they are excellent with children, the Korean Mastiff should be monitored around them as they may accidentally knock them over.
There are some health concerns with this breed but they are no more significant than with any large dog. Big dogs can be prone to hip dysplasia and the Korean Mastiff is unfortunately no exception. They are also more likely to develop a condition known as bloat which can be avoided by breaking up their feedings into 2 or 3 small meals rather than giving them the whole day’s food at once. Finally, “cherry eye” is common with this breed so they may require minor surgery to remove the protrusion should it develop.
If you’ve decided that the Korean Mastiff is the ideal breed for your family then you should expect to pay between $1,500-3,000 for a pup from a reputable breeder. As it is a rare breed of dog it’s not likely to find a breeder nearby so it may also be necessary to pay additional fees in order to have the puppy shipped to you. But beware as there are known breeders overseas who will take advantage of your trust. It is recommended that you adopt from a Canadian or American breeder who can provide references. Be sure to do your research on any breeder before adopting one of their pups.