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The Mastiff

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

The Mastiff is an ancient dog breed that was used as a guard dog. The Mastiff was  a hunting companion for nobility and it was loved by peasants because it was a family and livestock protector. They were also used as arena gladiators where they participated in bull, bear, and dog combat. By the end of World War II, the Mastiff was nearly extinct but it was saved because of imports from the United States and Canada.

The Mastiff is a massive, muscular and powerful dog.It’s also one of the heaviest dog breeds. Males can weigh more than 200 pounds.  They have a dominant demeanor  and are fearless, alert and extremely  courageous. These dogs are extremely loyal and very devoted to their family. Mastiffs need lots of love, companionship and attention. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.  The Mastiff does well with older, considerate children in the household. They only do well with household pets that they have bee raised with. They are naturally protective of their family and home and are not recommended for the novice, inexperienced or passive owner.

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