Sunday, August 11, 2013

English Mastiff World's Largest Dog

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The English Mastiff is a massive dog.It has a large, heavy, square head with a well-marked stop between the eyes. The muzzle should be half the length of the skull. The medium-sized brown to dark hazel eyes are set wide apart with a black mask around them. The nose is dark in color. The small, V-shaped ears are in proportion with the skull and are dark in color. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite but a slightly undershot bite is also acceptable in the show ring providing the teeth do not show when the mouth is closed. The tail is high-set with a wide base, tapering to a point and reaching the hocks. Coat colors include golden fawn, light fawn, apricot, silver, tiger or brindle.
Temperament: The English Mastiff is a huge, strong and powerful, ,energetic and muscular dog. Dominance levels vary, even within the same litter, but it is often called a gentle giant. A born guard dog, the Mastiff rarely barks, but it is in its nature to defend its territory and family, and is more a silent guard rather than a barker.  The English Mastiff is known for its gentle temperament.The Mastiff breed has a desired temperament, which is reflected in all formal standards and historical descriptions.
Groups: AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group II.: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, TKC Working
Height: Dogs; Male- 30-34 inches (76-86 cm) and Bitches; Females- 27-32 inches (69-81 cm)
Weight: Dogs;Males- 150-250 pounads (68-113 kg) and Bitches; Females-120-200 pounds (54-91 kg)
Life span :10-12 years
Litter size:2 to 5
Biggest English Mastiff Dog Ever: The English Mastiff has massive body, broad skull and head of generally square appearance, it is the World's largest dog breed in terms of mass. Though the Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane are taller, they are not nearly as robust.
English mastiff Hercules Biggest Dog in the World
English Mastiff Hercules Biggest  Dog in the World Guiness World Records
The greatest weight ever recorded for a dog, 343 pounds (156 kg), was that of an English Mastiff from England named Aicama Zorba of La Susa, although claims of larger dogs exist. According to the 1989 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, in March 1989, when he was 7 years old, Zorba stood 35 inches (89 cm) at the shoulder and was 8.25 feet (251 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, about the size of a small donkey.After 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records stopped accepting largest or heaviest pet records.

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1 comment:

  1. The first and last photo in your post are not English Mastiffs. They are Neapolitan Mastiffs.

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