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English Mastiff: History and Appearance

History

The English Mastiff is a large dog, so large in fact, that it is often described as “giant.” Bred as a watchdog, the English Mastiff has been around for over 2,000 years. The term mastiff refers to an extremely large breed of dog that is believed to have originated somewhere in Asia.

There is not much history on the breed prior to the 19th century. There are some theories regarding the breed’s ancestry, but little proof to verify that any are true.

There have been drawings of Mastiffs found in Egyptian monuments and ruins. These date back to 3,000 B.C. Chinese writings from 1121 B.C. are the first written record of the dog. Julius Caesar is said to have described them during his invasion of Britain in 55 B.C. It is believed that the dogs fought against the Roman legions. Their courage and faithfulness to their masters is said to have made a great impression.

The Mastiffs made such a great impression that there are accounts of their performance in the Roman arena. They were imported from the British Isles, where they fought against bulls, bears, tigers, and human gladiators to the great appreciation of the crowd.

The English Mastiff has a history as a breed used for fighting. In both American and Britain, the dog was used for bullbaiting and dog fighting. These events were patronized by the nobility and made popular by the common folk in England, until they were finally outlawed in 1835. Despite the laws prohibiting it, these sports continued illegally for several more years. The English Mastiff was a successful fighter, and both dog owners and fight organizers benefitted financially from their talents.

Though the Mastiff was used as a fighting dog, it also had other skills that were valued over the centuries. The English Mastiff was a popular dog in England. It was a “tie-dog,” or rather, a dog that was tied up by day and let loose at night as a protector or watchdog. Peasants often owned the breed, as it kept wild animals under control. The Mastiff was also used as a pack hunter by the nobility. It appears that the Mastiff was most valued as a protector of the home, and because of that, also became a valued family companion.

There are many tales extolling the virtues of the breed. It was valued by royalty and often sent as a gift. They have reputations as agile, courageous, and loyal dogs. There are stories of Mastiffs defeating elephants, or protecting the body of a fallen master in the midst of a great battle. There is one Mastiff, said to have stood over the wounded... Read More

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