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Mastiff

An intelligent, very protective giant (other names: English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff)

Mastiff
origin:Germany
life expectancy:12-13 years
classification:Mastiff
height:69 to 76 cm
weight:68 to 72 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonablefeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Mastiff, also known as the Old English Mastiff, is a giant, short-haired, mastiff-type breed of dog, which is recognized as the oldest British breed. It descended from the ancient Alaunt and Molosser and its name certainly derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "masty", meaning "powerful". It is believed that the Mastiff was probably brought into Great Britain by the Phoenician traders during the 6th century B.C. There is plenty of evidence proving the presence of the Mastiff in the British Islands many centuries ago, being used as a sheep guardians, bodyguards, protectors and companions. They also bravely helped the British to fight against the Romans, as registered by Julius Caesar in his account of the Britain invasion in 55 B.C. They made such a great impression that they were taken to Rome to fight in the arenas. By the middle of the 20th century, Mastiffs were nearly extinct and despite the efforts to rescue the breed it is not still a common sight in its native land and abroad, which is a pity, for they have contributed to the development of a number of dog breeds. Fortunately, their