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Biggest dog on earth Mastomania Mastiffs with puppies in Zaanstad

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Published on Mar 15, 2011

Mastiff Jewel en haar drie puppies spelen en slapen. Ik was hier op bezoek bij vrienden en heb dit filmpje opgenomen van de moeder met de jonkies. Op 8 januari 2011 zijn er 2 reutjes en 1 teefje geboren uit de combinatie: de reu "Sultan of the Mountainous Mastiffs" (HD B, ED links vrij, rechts niet vrij, ogen ET verder vrij) en de teef "Jewel Mastomania" (HD C, ogen MPP verder vrij). Kennel: Mastomania, Zaanstad

Het hondenras Mastiff
De mastiff is een nakomeling van de molosser uit Macedonië en Epirus, die met Phoeniciërs naar Engeland kwam in de 6e eeuw vóór Christus. Hij is de voorouder van vele hondenrassen, waaronder ook de Duitse dog, de boxer en de buldog.

Uiterlijk // De mastiff is een zware hond die vroeger als oorlogshond werd gebruikt. Vandaag wordt hij vooral als beschermhond ingezet. Het hoofd is breed tussen de oren en het voorhoofd is vlak. De huid ligt in rimpels. Hij heeft hangende oren die dun aanvoelen. De vacht is kort en niet te fijn en is bruin.

De mastiff, ook als Engelse dog bekend, is een van de grootste hondenrassen. Reuen bereiken een schofthoogte van 80 cm (teven 69 cm) en een gewicht van ongeveer 80 kg. Door zijn grootte en gewicht wordt de mastiff meestal niet ouder dan 10 tot 11 jaar.

English // The English Mastiff, referred to by virtually all Kennel Clubs simply as the Mastiff, is a breed of large dog descended from the ancient Alaunt through the Pugnaces Britanniae. Distinguishable by enormous size, massive head, and a limited range of colors, but always displaying a black mask, the Mastiff is noted for its gentle temperament. The lineage of modern dogs can be traced back to the early 19th century, and the modern type was stabilised in the 1880s. Following a period of sharp decline, the Mastiff has increased its worldwide popularity.

Record size // The greatest weight ever recorded for a dog, 343 pounds (156 kg), was for a 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.

Temperament // The Mastiff breed has a desired temperament, which is reflected in all formal standards and historical descriptions. Though calm and affectionate to its master, it is capable of protection. If an unfamiliar person approaches near the Mastiff's perceived territory or its master, ideally, it will immediately position itself between its master and the stranger. If the approaching person is perceived as a threat, the Mastiff may take immediate defensive action. Mastiffs will rarely attack an intruder or perceived threat (unless cornered or severely provoked) and instead will generally pin and immobilize the individual. Mastiffs are normally good natured, calm, easygoing, and surprisingly gentle for their size. It is a well-mannered house pet, provided it gets daily exercise and activity. The Mastiff is typically an extremely loyal breed, exceptionally devoted to its family and good with children and small dogs.

When in 1415 Sir Peers Legh was wounded in the Battle of Agincourt, his Mastiff stood over and protected him for many hours through the battle. The Mastiff was later returned to Legh's home and was the foundation of the Lyme Hall Mastiffs. Five centuries later this pedigree figured prominently in founding the modern breed.

Mastiffs know no fear and fought bears and lions. John Caius wrote in 1570: "The force which is in them surmounteth all beleefe, the fast holde which they take with their teeth exceedeth all credit, three of them against a Beare, foure against a Lyon are sufficient, both to try masteryes with them and vtterly to overmatch them".

Sydenham Edwards wrote in(1800: What the Lion is to the Cat the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sinking before him. His courage does not exceed its temper and generosity and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race. His docility is perfect; the teasing of the smaller kinds will hardly provoke him to resent, and I have seen him down with his paw the Terrier or cur that has bit him, without offering further injury. In a family he will permit the children to play with him and will suffer all their little pranks without offence.

The blind ferocity of the bulldog will often wound the hand of the master who assists him to combat, but the Mastiff distinguishes perfectly, enters the field with temper, and engages the attack as if confident of success: if he overpowers, or is beaten, his master may take him immediately in his arms and fear nothing.

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