Origin
It is thought that the name ‘Mastiff’ originated from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘masty’, meaning ‘powerful’ and the breed is one of Britain’s oldest. History’s most famous Mastiff is Sir Peers Legh’s, who protected him during the battle of Agincourt.
Lifespan
9-10 years
Size
An average dog measures approximately 76cm (30 inches) at the shoulder. The females may be slightly smaller.
Weight
75-95 kgs (165-209 lbs)
Coat
Short and close-lying
Build
This is a massive dog with a broad, squarely set body and defined muscles.
Characteristics
The Mastiff needs constant human companionship and reassurance, as they seem to lack self-confidence. They are devoted and eager to please their owners, they make excellent guard dogs, but as with most large dogs they need firm handling while training.
Colour
Mastiffs can be fawn, apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, or dark fawn-brindle. The muzzle, ears and nose should be black.
   
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