Mastiff Breed Types -Which One Is Yours?

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Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff isn’t quite as large as his close cousin the Mastiff. Still, standing as high as 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 100 and 130 pounds, this is still a whole lot of dog.

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American Mastiff
The American Mastiff is a large, powerful dog with a wide, heavy, rectangular-shaped head and a powerfully muscular build. The breed has a deep, rounded chest and well-sprung ribs. Their limbs are well-built, straight, and well-muscled, and their burly necks are thick and slightly arched

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German Mastiff / Great Dane
The Great Dane is one of the best known dog breeds in the world, in addition to being one of the tallest.  Despite the breed’s name, it was developed in Germany, not Denmark.  Originally bred to hunt boar and wolves, the Great Dane is now much better known as a loving family companion. 

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Korean Mastiff / Dosa Gae
Little information is available on the Korean Mastiff’s history outside of its native home of Korea. From the little information that is known, it is evident the breed was probably created over 200 years ago. Aside from being called a Korean Mastiff, the breed is known by several other names including Dosa Gae, Mee-Kyun Dosa, and Dosa Inu.

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Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiffs are a member of the ‘Working’ breed group. Working breed dogs were bred to become guard and search and rescue dogs. Breeds in this group are specialists in their work.

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Pakistani Mastiff / Bully Kutta
Theories suggest that, during the British invasion, the British troops were brought to India with his Mastiff dogs in the 1700s.  This breed was introduced into Greece by Xerxes the First when he marched towards this country in 486-465 B.C. The origin of the Alangu Mastiff can be traced back to parts of Rajasthan, the Bhawalpur area of Punjab, and the desert area of Kutch.

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Neapolitan Mastiff / Italian Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiffs are amongst a group of breeds classed as ‘Category Three’ by The Kennel Club. These are breeds of dog that have been highlighted as having visible conditions or conformational issues that can cause pain, discomfort or health issues due to exaggerations. This means that these breeds of dog have been bred over many years to look a certain way but that these changes to the way they look have started to cause them health problems.

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Japanese Mastiff / Tosa Inu
The Tosa-Inu, also called the Japanese Mastiff, is a breed of fighting dog that was developed in Japan from the mid-nineteenth century. Outside Japan, the Tosa was crossbred with large and giant breeds, including the Great Dane and Mastiff, to produce very large individuals, while those bred in Japan remain truer to the original type, at around half the size. 

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