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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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Monday to report that he and his dog, Dusty, had been attacked by two bull mastiffs loose in the area of Megan Circle and Eileen Avenue, in the Nathan Heights subdivision.
A DOG owner needed hospital treatment for shock after her pet was savaged by a bull mastiff "the size of a donkey".
At the time he was distressed about the situation and adamant he was treating the two bull mastiffs properly.
THE parents of a four-year-old girl whose face was savaged by a bull mastiff are calling on the animal's owners to have it put down.
A four-year-old girl had to undergo emergency surgery after a neighbour's bull mastiff dog bit her in the face and tore of a section of her left cheek, it emerged yesterday.
But Angela Gobin's bull mastiffs are driving her neighbours barking mad.
Stirling Council are now caring for the dogs, including Old English Sheepdogs, St Bernards, Rottweilers and bull mastiffs.
The 42-year-old woman suffered serious injuries to her arms and legs when the large bull mastiffs attacked her in Speke in the early hours of yesterday.
45am when the bull mastiffs escaped froma nearby home and pounced.
The couple, who married on March 6, were travelling to a dog show in Birmingham with their bull mastiffs.
It is thought the tan-coloured dogs are bull mastiffs but at the moment carers cannot be sure because they're so small.