Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 30 in (75cm) Bitch: 27 in (68.5cm)
Weight: 175-190 lb (78.5-85.5kg)
Coat: Outer coat short and straight; undercoat dense and close
Color: Apricot, fawn, or brindle; in all, the muzzle, ears, and nose should be black, with black around the eyes and extending up between them

The Mastiff is among the most ancient breeds of dog and has proved its worth as a formidable guard and hunter. Mastiff-like dogs were treasured by the Babylonians over 4,000 years ago, and when Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 BC, he encountered Mastiffs fighting alongside their masters. He subsequently sent some back to Rome, where they fought in the huge arenas and defeated all other fighting dogs, as well as being matched against gladiators, bulls, bears, lions, and tigers. The Mastiff was depicted on the 12th-century Bayeux Tapestry, and Shakespeare's play Henry V mentions "mastiffs of unmatchable courage." In the 19th century, Saint Bernard blood was introduced. The Mastiff is large and dignified. It is usually devoted to its owner and needs regular walking to build up its muscles. Many do not complete growth until their second year.
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