The Mastiff lineage dates back to the times of the Babylonians, Celts and the Romans. The breed was regarded as the most aggressive “war and gladiator dog” of Roman and medieval times. The modern Mastiff breed, which developed in Britain, is gentle, refined and intelligent, and performs the task of a guard dog as well as a family pet that is highly protective and loving towards its family.
Strong and massive in size, the Mastiff has a well-proportioned body and is about 30 inches high at the shoulders. The Mastiff has a heavy head, short muzzle, short hair and flaunts a pretty combination of colors; dark brown, tan, or mixed. The dog’s short coat comes in varied colors; fawn, apricot or brindle. The Mastiff has a heavy square head, dark and erect ears, small, brown eyes, a short muzzle, loose-hanging lips and a distinctive black mask around the eyes and nose.
fawn, apricot, or brindle
Courageous, affectionate and faithful to its master, the Mastiff always loves to be in company, and is a good guard dog. However, the dog is not friendly with strangers and could become aggressive towards other dogs. Serene and patient, the Mastiff behaves extremely well with children and is easily trainable. If the dog is made to socialize as a puppy, it would be capable of behaving well with guests and will not act fiercely toward other dogs or pets.
The common health problems, which affect the Mastiff, are hip dysplasia and bloating.
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