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mastiff

(măs`tĭf), breed of very large, 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 more than 2,000 years ago. It stands from 27 to 33 in. (68.6–83.8 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 165 to 185 lb (74.9–83.9 kg). Its coarse, short, close-lying coat may be silver fawn, apricot, or dark fawn brindle in color, with a black muzzle, nose, and ears and black around the eyes. The mastiff was first bred as a fighting dog and guardian. As a fighter it was cited for its physical prowess and courage by Caesar in his account of the Roman invasion of Britain in 55 B.C. Indeed, it was later imported to Rome to fight in the arena. In its native country the mastiff was a popular antagonist in bullbaiting and bearbaiting contests and in organized dogfights until these blood sports were outlawed in 1835. However, throughout the entire history of the breed in England its greatest popularity has derived from its widespread use as a guardian of home and family. This centuries-old association with man is undoubtedly responsible for the mastiff's unexcelled suitability for the role of family companion and its particular devotion to and gentleness with children. The term mastiff is also applied to a general type of giant dog whose origin has been traced to Asia and of which the modern Tibetan mastiff, infrequently seen in the United States, is representative. 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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Mastiff

 

an old English breed of dog used for hunting large animals, guarding livestock herds, and dog fights. The modern mastiff was developed in Ireland in the 19th century. It is a large breed, with male dogs standing 75-85 cm high at the shoulder. The body is broad and massive; the coat, short and reddish yellow, brown, or reddish black. There are often dark “tiger” stripes. The mastiff is used as a guard dog, largely in Ireland and Great Britain.

mastiff

an old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask
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The usual number in a litter for French Mastiffs is between five and eight and the average litter size for a basset hound is eight.
The dog that attacked Carol and Pip is a tan colour and the other French Mastiff is a brindle colour pattern.
By this point Pip had managed to run away to safety so Carol started frantically looking for her pet completely unaware that the tan-coloured French Mastiff had taken a chunk out of her eyebrow.
Hannah Drury with French mastiff Shiru who is about to have a life-saving operation.
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The 22-year-old has splashed out on a EUR1,700 French Mastiff puppy as a Christmas present for himself.
DESPERATELY WORRIED: Nikki Smith (above), manager of the RSPCA kennels in Coundon Wedge Drive, Coventry, where French Mastiff Tufty (left) was stolen on Sunday.
Three-year-old French mastiff Johno and border terrier Barry, four, were paid pounds 300 a day for the ads which appear before and after Emmerdale.
It also emerged yesterday that Jodi had looked after a friend's French mastiff, which was initially believed to have been the killer dog.
A WARNING was flashed today after a chihuahua pup was attacked by two French Mastiff dogs - a breed of pit-fighting hunters NOT on the dangerous dogs register.
Then there's the tracksuit wearing ex-con who got his massive French mastiff for "company" (it's not a status dog, he claims).
The normally placid 10st French mastiff suddenly leapt at the sleeping four-year-old, grabbed her in its jaws and began shaking her like a rag doll.