Introducing Hodor (a.k.a. Horse), the English Mastiff!

english mastiff and english bulldog

english mastiff and english bulldog

My parents brought their puppy home a few weekends ago…allow me to introduce Hodor (Game of Thrones fans, you know where it’s at)! Hodor is an apricot brindle English Mastiff, he’s only 8 weeks old, and he’s already almost as big as my brother’s 3-year-old English Bulldog, Lucy! For those of you that aren’t familiar with the breed, Hodor will grow to be about waist-high and 250 lbs of solid dog. His nickname is Horse.

Technically, an English Mastiff is an apartment dog even though they’re an extra-large dog breed. They’re not allowed to run or jump while they’re growing because it’s hard on their joints. They’re prone to napping and drooling, and they’re really just over-sized teddy bears! They’re usually indoor dogs and they’ll take over the couch if you let them. My parents live on an acreage so Hodor will probably be a little bit of an outside dog with indoor privileges, although my Dad is a softie and may just end up letting him stay indoors year round!

adult english mastiffs

When we went to pick Hodor up from the breeder we met Hodor’s parents along with a few other full-grown Mastiffs, and although they can be intimidating to look at they are SO gentle and sweet. Hodor’s mom Azura is top left, and Hodor’s dad Bosco is in both right hand side pictures. Azura gave Hodor his beautiful coat, and Bosco was MASSIVE! Hodor will end up around the same size, which is crazy to imagine. We keep joking about buying a saddle so my niece can ride around on him.

English Mastiffs are a smart breed and you can train them easily with Cheerios, but they also like to eat raw meat and bones which is great for a family full of hunters like mine. Hodor IS a puppy so his favorite thing to do right now is chew on anything and everything except for his toys (surprise surprise). We have to watch him just like we have to watch my niece–it’s like having two toddlers in the house!

english mastiff and kids

English Mastiff puppy

English Mastiff puppy

There is seriously nothing better than new puppy smell and cuddles. Hodor is quite hilarious and will run around for a half hour and then flop down abruptly wherever he feels like it (usually in the middle of the floor) for a nap. I’m already in love! It’s strange because I can look at Hodor and still miss Diego, but having a puppy around is quite the fun new adventure. It’s nice to have another furball to say hi to on weekends now 🙂

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  • Reply Alison October 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I aslo called my new English mastiff puppy Hodor. He wasn’t even born, but I told my husband that the next English mastiff I got HAD to be called Hodor. THEN, my 2 dogs died (great dane and E.m) in the space of a month. Horrible time for us. So I got a HODOR earlier than I’d planned (having realised that, without a dog, I was heading for a major depressive episode) . Aren’t they just the best? He’s my 6th E.M. He is apricot. All my others have been tan. Hope you love yours as much as we love our Hodor. It’s good because you only expect them to ever say one word. (acatually I will be delighted and surprised if he learns to say “HODOR”. Have fun and remember “HODOR”!!!!!

    • Reply Nic Winski October 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Hodor is a great name for a mastiff! It seems perfectly suited, doesn’t it? We also said goodbye to a family dog this past spring which is what prompted my parents to get a new dog, because the emptiness in their house with no dog was too much to handle. English Mastiffs are the most gentle and lovey giants ever! All he wants to do is snuggle…it’s the best. I can see now why they’re such perfect family dogs. Enjoy your Hodor also!

  • Reply Alison October 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t have pictures of my Hodor. He is apricot with black stop and (huge) black feet. I think every mastiff is slightly different in their personality. This one is “manic” (all my others have been total slugs). He is almost the size of the boxer/bull mastiff cross (our rescue dog) which we got first, as a companion for a new pup. She is 18 months old and Hodor is only 3 months. What have we done!!! I guess eventually he will realise the ‘less is more’ principal and slow down. Cheers, ALison and HODOR!!

  • Reply zzzzzzzzzzzz June 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I named my Dwarf Schnazuer hodor in an attempt at irony. He has a white scruffy tight beard and sits hunched over. It’s a perfect name for a dog seeing as they can only say one thing.

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