Mastiff

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The Mastiff, perhaps more properly called the English Mastiff, is indeed an ancient breed that traces its roots to merry old England, before the time of Christ. Exactly how the breed fond itself in England remains a mystery, but Chinese documents date 1121 B.C. depict dogs resembling the breed, and when Roman legions entered Britain in 55 B.C. they found the breed fearlessly fighting at the side of its British masters. The mastiff was renowned as a gladiator, warring ferociously in Britain and baited against animals and Christians by the Romans, who could not resist returning home with these most impressive canines. Mellowed by time, the Mastiff today finds itself primarily in pet homes, where it still serves well the protection needs of modern families and nobly struts the show ring when so asked. Mastiffs today are also finding great success in the sport of weight pulling, in which a member of the breed invariably brings home the trophy for the greatest total pull. Stately and grand, the Mastiff deserves large accommodation. Though high-velocity exercise is not a necessity, regular outings, and preferably plenty of roaming grounds, are greatly appreciated by the dog. Standing at a minimum of 27.5 inches and weighing between 175-190 pounds, a Mastiff in the home can be a massive responsibility.

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