The Mastiff is the largest breed of dog in terms of mass. It has a large, blocky head with a black mask. The triangular ears are dropped and dark. The eyes are dark brown or hazel. The body is very solid and broad through the chest. The short coat can fawn, apricot or brindle. Tends to drool.
The Mastiff breed originated in Britain; however, s early as 3000 B.C., drawings on Egyptian monuments depict typical Mastiffs. Ancient Romans marveled at the bravery of these dogs fighting with British soldiers in 55 B.C. A group was brought back to Rome by Caesar where they were used in the arenas for fighting humans, lions, and other wild animals. The dog has always been popular as a guard dog in England. The breed nearly became extinct with meat rationing during the world wars but has since recovered, becoming the 26th most popular breed as of 2012.
The Mastiff is a natural-born guard dog, though he is considered a gentle giant with his family. Even when guarding, this dog is more likely to pin a suspect rather than attack. The Mastiff is self-confident and watchful. The are patient and good with children. The are even tempered. These dogs need firm human leadership and patient training. One must be the pack leader of this dog to get best results.
Breed Club Links: Mastiff Club of America
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