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BSK Breed Index: The Mastiff

Life Span: 10-12 years

Height: 27-32 in

Weight: 150-200 lbs

Litter Size: 2-5 pups

Temperament: Brave

Intelligence: Medium

Classification: Working

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Mastiff

Egyptian monuments from 3,000 B.C are believed to represent the Mastiff breed. In 55 B.C, Caesar brought some Mastiffs back to Rome from Britain and used them for bull, lion and gladiator fighting. Later, the dogs were used to protect English peasants from wolves and other predators.

Mastiff Fun Facts

The AKC recognized the breed in 1885.

The Mastiff is documented in Chaucer, who describes them as "large as steer."

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