American Panja Mastiff

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Panja Mastiff
American Rock Dog
Panja
American Mastiff
Detroit Pit-Rott
The American Panja Mastiff has a dark origin. Originally, they were used (and sadly, still are) to guard homes, property and, yes, their drugs. They had to be intimidating and not too "friendly" with strangers, but allow traffic. They tend to be aloof with new people, but allow entry. American Panja Mastiffs were trained not to allow access to property under any circumstances. The breed originated in the Detroit metropolitan area as a cross between several dogs. Pitbulls and Rottweilers are known influences of the breed. Before they were registered with the DRA in 1996, they were simply known as "rock dogs". However, since the DRA has recognized them, many of these dogs are not drug-guarding dogs, but affectionate pets. We don't know if this breed still exists.

The American Panja Mastiff has a curious, alert expression. The small eyes are wide and almond-shaped, with a classic 60/40 broad head, wider at the ears. It has a scissor bite. The American Panja Mastiff should be "dry-mouthed" and the whisker pads should not protrude. The ear shape is short, but NOT the "fighting" shape, natural ears are okay as long as they are "button" style. (This type of ear stands on its own, only the quarter above 1/3 is turned forward only). The American Panja Mastiff is a true working dog with the muscular body of an athlete. Broad chest with well sprung ribs, slightly tucked up in the midsection. The front legs must be straight and strongly boned, with very muscular hind legs, with slightly sloping hocks giving the impression of immediate action. Dewclaws are removed. Dogs must have a clean presentation. The tail is docked 2/3.

The American Panja Mastiff has an easygoing attitude. They are very devoted to their family and are excellent with children when raised with them from puppyhood and/or well socialized. The American Panja Mastiff will take responsibility for looking after everything in your home, including the cat, believing that everything must be protected. Obedience training and an owner who knows how to show authority over the dog are highly recommended to channel his protective instincts. They are an active breed and love to play. As with most intelligent dogs, the American Panja Mastiff tends to get bored very easily and can be prone to chewing. They like to be around their people and require good socialization, making them excellent traveling companions. Mention the word "car" and they go nuts! The most impressive thing about these dogs is their guarding habits; they know which of your guests are welcome in your home and treat them like family. These dogs require a firm handler. If you have very little experience with guard dogs, this is not the breed to start with. American Panja Mastiffs are determined and want to be the alpha, which is what makes a great guard dog. They need an owner who knows how to show strong leadership. Anyone considering this breed should have experience with other large, dominant breeds. This is not a breed for the meek owner. The goal of training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It's a natural instinct for a dog to have command in his pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The whole pack cooperates under one leader; the lines are clearly defined and the rules are set. You and all other humans must be higher in the pecking order than the dog. This is the only way your relationship can be a success.

There are no major concerns, although most large breeds are prone to hip dysplasia. It hasn't been a concern for this breed, but it's worth staying informed on the subject.

The American Panja Mastiff will live well in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. This happy potato makes the best life near family, feeling part of your family is the happiest. They don't like to be left alone, and some can become very destructive while their owners are away. Keeping them in a cage while their owners are away is recommended by some breeders. They are adapted to all climates, provided there is shelter from rain, snow, etc.

The American Panja Mastiff needs a yard, even if it's a smaller one. They are athletic and should be taken on long daily walks. They love to run. If they are kept in a smaller yard, a trip to the park will be a special treat.

Height at withers 56 to 66 centimeters, weight 36 to 45 kilos.

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