Spanish Mastiff Puppies Are Huge; But They’re Still Just Babies

A video and some still photos of Joe (Josin del Picu San Martin) and Marcia (Hoof and Fangs Marcia). These two Spanish Mastiff puppies are each over 80 lbs. at 5 1/2 months old and you can practically see them growing. Puppies this age are still in the process of developing bone and joint tissue. While they are very large and look older, they are still babies and it’s very important to keep them from carrying too much weight in the interest of developing healthy joints, which contribute to keeping your dog fit and working longer. Our dogs have relatives in Spain still healthy and working at 10 – 13 years old, and our goal is to continue that tradition here in the United States through selective breeding and proper care of our puppies through every stage of growth.

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I Love These Faces!

I was 30 minutes late with breakfast this morning; this is what was waiting for me…. did I mention Spanish Mastiffs take their mealtimes very seriously??

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Breakfast; Grown Ups vs Puppies

 

I have to laugh a little at the way the youngsters come running at meal times. Notice Besi and Oso stay where they are? That’s because they know I’ll bring their breakfast out to them if they’re patient. At almost 4 years old they also know they have no competition. This is not uncommon in a pack where hierarchy has been established. There is still a lot of competition between Marcia and Josin at 5 months old. Marcia likes to store her breakfast and then try to raid Josin’s stash, however he is very capable of protecting his food so the squabbles are very short lived, then they settle down together and eat in peace . Cabo and Brava are both a  bit more patient, they wait for me to hand them their breakfast, as does Cersei. No matter where I hand the food over, everyone has a favorite spot to settle down once all the food is handed out.

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Josin and Marcia, finally settled down. As you can see, Brava has finished her breakfast and is now hoping someone walks away from theirs!
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Cersei in her favorite spot….protected on 3 sides.
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Oso likes to eat out in the open….
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Brava enjoying her pork neck in the shade, the turkey neck is already history!
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Besi prefers the pasture…
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Cabo’s favorite spot is in the furthest shelter, and he will not eat until I walk away!

Spanish Mastiffs and Water Are Like PB&J

Because we live in the high desert, we can’t really have a pond for our dogs. The next best thing? Kiddie pools! We have three located in different areas for our dogs, and they love them….it also helps distract them from playing in the stock tanks!

Cersei and Marcia are incredibly athletic girls!  This is their typical morning and afternoon routine.

Cersei doing her impression of a moose!