Mastiff Breeds

The square head and short muzzle is what makes most Boxers unique from other breeds. They have short-haired smooth coats and are generally brindle or fawn in color with white markings on their feet and belly.

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These large dogs are originally from Southern Italy where they were used as guard dogs. They share similar breeding and origins as the Neapolitan Mastiff and generally are colored black or fawn. The breed name is also a bit tricky for English speakers to pronounce (kah-neh kor-so) with the first word being two syllables.

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Originally introduced into Great Britain by the Romans for dog fight competitions, the English Bulldog (or sometimes the British Bulldog) was used to herd cattle into markets. They are commonly recognized by their short, muscular bod, wrinkled skin and a squished face with stub nose. Although bred for fighting, today Bulldogs make excellent family companions due to their mild nature. They enjoy mild exercise and relaxing - a long nap on the couch after a walk around the neighborhood is just the ticket!

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English Mastiffs are very large in size. Males can be over 4 feet tall and weigh more than 200 pounds. They generally have massive heads that contain a black mask. The color of English Mastiffs can vary, but you'll often find them in fawn, beige, apricot or brindle coats.

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The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds with historical records dating back to ancient Rome. At the turn of the 20th century they were known for being police dogs and handling various heavy-duty tasks due to their muscular build. Rottweilers have a medium-large frame between 22-27 inches (55 - 70 cm) and usually weigh around 75 to 110 pounds (35 to 50 kg). Their muscular build combined with their short black coat and brown/rust markings gives the Rottweiler their distinct look. Although they might look intimidating, Rotties make wonderful companions with their calm, confident, and courageous temperament.

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Shar-Pei's come in many recognized colors (black, tan, cream, apricot, chocolate) but have to have solid coats without any spots or patches. They are also known for their wrinkles and loose skin, especially around the face. The breed comes from China and the name Shar-Pei translates to "sandy skin".

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The Tosa, also known as the 'Japanese Mastiff', is one of the more rare breeds in the Mastiff group and was originally was bred in Japan during the mid-1800s. While they make fantastic guard dogs and in spite of their intimidating in stature, their 'bark is louder than their bite' and for the most part are quiet and obedient dogs.

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