The English Mastiff
, referred to by virtually all Kennel Clubs simply as the Mastiff
, is a breed
of large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt
through the Pugnaces Britanniae
. Distinguishable by enormous size, massive head, and a limited range of colors, but always displaying a black mask, the Mastiff is noted for its gentle temperament. The lineage of modern dogs can be traced back to the early 19th century, and the modern type was stabilised in the 1880s
. Following a period of sharp decline, the Mastiff has increased its worldwide popularity.
With a massive body, broad skull and head of generally square
appearance, it is the largest dog breed in terms of mass. Though the Irish Wolfhound
and Great Dane
are taller, they are not nearly as robust.
The body is large with great depth and breadth, especially between the forelegs, causing these to be set wide apart. The AKC standard height (per their website) for this breed is at the shoulder for males and (minimum) at the shoulder for females. A typical male can weigh , a typical female can weigh .
Coat colour standards
The former standard specified the coat should be short and close-lying (though long haired Mastiffs, called "Fluffies", are occasionally seen) and the color is apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle
, always with black on the muzzle, ears, and nose and around the eyes.
The colours of the Mastiff coat are differently described by various... Read More