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bull mastiff

(măst`ĭf), breed of powerful working dogworking dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs raised by humans to herd cattle and sheep, as draft animals, as message dispatchers in wartime, in police and rescue work, as guardians of persons and property, or as guides (see guide dog) for the
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 developed in England in the second half of the 19th cent. It stands from 24 to 27 in. (61–68.6 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 100 to 130 lb (45.4–59 kg). Its dense, short coat may be fawn, red, or brindle, with a darker shading on the ears and muzzle. Because of the increasing need to protect game preserves and large estates from poachers, English gamekeepers began to cross existing breeds in an attempt to produce a dog that would possess the required speed, strength, aggressiveness, good night vision, and the capacity to remain silent at the approach of the poacher. It would be the task of the desired dog to knock down the intruder and keep him down until he was captured, rather than simply alarming him into running away. After many breeds were tried, mastiff and bulldog stock were crossed, producing a dog with all the necessary qualities, the bull mastiff. Today it is raised as a guard and show dog and as a pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Mrs Nutt had been walking with her two young grandchildren when the Bullmastiff pounced near her home in Wednesbury.
Nathan was cycling along Waterloo Road in Middlesbrough when he saw the "really big bullmastiff savaging a girl".
A GANG chased a man down before kicking him as he lay on the ground during a "horrific" attack involving a bullmastiff dog, a court heard.
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POOR Missy, that bullmastiff stolen from her owner's Kingstanding garden then found dead and mutilated in a nearby flat.
Rajvindar Heer's pet lurcher Frankie was being walked by neighbour Patrick O'Neill when he was attacked by a bullmastiff in Lakeview Park, Coundon.
I simply have an interest that other little dogs don't die the way Lola did," Hart says, still emotional when she recalls the day last fall when a big bullmastiff attacked Lola, a tiny Havanese, at the Amazon Park off-leash dog park.
He singled out for praise Cardiff's Bullmastiff Brewery, and Merthyr Tydfil's Rhymney Brewery.
When quizzed by police, she said she had owned the two-year-old bullmastiff Staffordshire bull terrier since it was five months old and it had never been aggressive in the past.
Wales' largest real ale brewery Brains will be offering a range of beers, including tipples from their newly-opened craft brewery, while other brewers include Otley, Bullmastiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Felinfoel.
A MAN has been ordered to pay an 11-year-old Midland schoolgirl pounds 750 compensation after his unmuzzled bullmastiff type dog left her scarred in an "horrific" attack.
As previously reported in the Telegraph, the two-and-a-half-yearold Bullmastiff was left to be looked after at Bayton Lodge in Bulkington when its master said he would be away "for two or three days because of a family emergency.