Gran Mastin de Borinquen-The Puerto Rican native
The Gran Mastin de Borinquen is alternatively referred to as the Puerto Rican Mastiff and it is domiciled in
Puerto Rico off the coast of the US. It was recovered in the 70s through a careful breeding programme to extend its
progeny. This breed is believed to have had its origin among the Spanish Conquistadors who ventured into the new
found America in the 15th century. It has a mixed heritage which can be traced to breeds such as Latin American
Molossers and classic Spanish war dogs. In the uprising against Spanish colonial rule, the soldiers used them
against the rebels and dissidents to stem the rebellion and also to protect themselves against the savage Indian
natives who made sporadic attacks on the Spanish settlements.
Generally, the Gran Mastin de Borinquen is a huge dog which has
a firm upright gait and agile body. The head is quite broad and the muzzle medium in length. The black nose is
quite large in size while the nasal bridge set straight. Its ears are also small and quite thin and droop
somewhat lifelessly on the sides of its round head. The coat is of fair medium size and cropped closely and
comes in a variety of brindle, black, fawn and shades of white. The dense coat hair is rough to touch and can
either be plain or with patches. The hind leg is thickly flesh and muscular.
In addition, this Puerto Rican Mastiff has strong upper and lower jaws which also hold
a powerful set of canine teeth with exceptional scissor bite. Its eyes are quite small and come in shades of brown
which gives it a composed and dignified look. Its neck is thick and slightly arched and broadens away from the
neck. Its broad loins are also muscular. It also has a broad raised chest on which raised sprung up ribs. The thick
tail is normally raised and tapers towards the end.
Because of its upright gait and huge body, the Gran Mastin de Borinquen can be quite
intimidating. Nevertheless, the composed modern breed displays a combination of bonhomie qualities such as
tolerance and genuine boldness in the face of danger or provocation and so it is a great asset for the home owner
who wants a watch dog with a balance in temperament and physical features. This is not a lanky docile dog that is
used to carpet sleeping but a vivacious playful dog that is used to country environments where it can run and play
care free. Therefore, those who intend to raise it as a pet should ideally make adequate arrangements to give it
the best environment in which it can thrive.
This breed can be fiercely loyal as was evidenced by their unwavering fights to defend
their masters against frequent attacks by native Indian. So, the master can be assured of adequate protection
against intruders and strangers with ill intent. Generally, the male weighs 45-68kg and measures 61-71 cm while the
female weighs 41-57 cm and measures 56-66 cm. With care, a healthy dog can live for 7-12 years.