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\r\n\r\nEnglish\r\nMastiff, or just simply Mastiff, Dogs are extremely large dogs. They are distinguishable\r\nby their enormous size, massive head, and a black mask. They are also noted for\r\na gentle and loving nature.

\r\n\r\nMost likely\r\nthey are descended from ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae Dogs, with a\r\nsignificant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century; however, the modern\r\ntype was established in the 1880s and refined since. Throughout its history,\r\nthe Mastiff has contributed to the development of a number of dog breeds, some\r\ngenerally known as Mastiff-type dogs.

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nEnglish\r\nMastiff are found in a limited number of colors. While the colors are described\r\ndifferently by various kennel clubs, but basically the colors are: fawn or\r\napricot, or those colors as a base for black brindle. A black mask occur in all\r\ncases. The fawn is generally a light "silver" shade, but may range up\r\nto a golden yellow. The apricot may be a slightly reddish hue up to a deep,\r\nrich red. The brindle markings should ideally be heavy, even and clear stripes,\r\nbut may actually be light, uneven, patchy, faint or muddled. Pied Mastiffs\r\noccur rarely. Other non-standard colors include black, blue brindle, and\r\nchocolate (brown) mask. Some Mastiffs have heavy shading caused by dark hairs\r\nthroughout the coat or primarily on the back and shoulders. This is not\r\ngenerally considered a fault. Brindle is dominant over solid color. Apricot is\r\ndominant over fawn, though that dominance may be incomplete. Most of the color\r\nfaults are recessive, though black is so rare in the Mastiff that it cannot be\r\ncertain if it is recessive, or a mutation that is dominant.

\r\n\r\nThe greatest\r\nweight ever recorded for a dog, 343 pounds (155.6 kg), was that of an English\r\nMastiff from England named Aicama Zorba of La Susa, although claims of larger\r\ndogs, including Saint Bernards, Tibetan Mastiffs, and Caucasian ovcharkas\r\nexist. According to the 1989 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, in March\r\n1989, when he was 7 years old, Zorba stood 37 inches (94 cm) at the shoulder\r\nand was 8 ft 3 in (251 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail,\r\nabout the size of a small donkey. After 2000, the Guinness Book of World\r\nRecords stopped accepting largest or heaviest pet records.\r\n\r\n

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