Mastiff

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Mastiffs are very sweet natured with their own family and are known to be very gentle with children. They require moderate exercise for a breed this size. This large dog is somewhat suspicious of strangers and should be supervised at all times when you have visitors.PURPOSE OF BREED:This breed has been around since the 6th century B.C. and can often be seen etched into ancient walls, or pictured in the tapestries of the middle ages. The Mastiff's primary purpose was to serve as an attack-guard dog. Instinctually protective, this powerful solidly built dog has been used to fight in many wars through the millenniums. Selective breeding has tamed them down over the last centuries but they are still much used as guard dogs.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:8 puppies

Country of origin: 
Asia
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 30in (76cm) - FEMALE : 28in (71cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 190lbs (86kg) - FEMALE : 175lbs (80kg)
Grooming: 

The coat of a Mastiff is short and moderately coarse, with fine, close-fitting hair and a dense undercoat. A minimum amount of grooming is required. A Mastiff is tan/fawn, or fawn-brindle in color.

Common ailments: 

Hip Dysplasia

Trivia: 
Drawings on Egyptian monuments depict typical Mastiffs dating about 3000 BC; in literature, the earliest Mastiff reference occurs 1121 BC.ÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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