History of the breed
The Mastiff boasts of one of the most ancient origins, having descended from the Molosser. Accounts about its exact origin are quite speculative. It is thought to have originated from the mountains of Asia, northern India or Tibet. It’s thought to have been used to guard flocks of sheep from predators.
The Molosers were well-built with a short muzzle, heavy bones, hanging ears, and short, muscled neck. Depictions of Mastiff dogs have appeared in human records throughout ages. They get seen in Babylonian, Egyptian and classical Greek civilizations. Hundreds of years ago, Mastiff-type dogs served as war dogs, guard, and entertainment dogs, pitted against bears and other fierce animals.
Whenever the Mastiffs went, they got prized for their courage and size. In England, the Mastiffs were commonly used to guard estates and patrol the grounds at night. The Mastiff breed almost came to an end after 1835. The outlawing of dogfighting, bear-baiting and bull-baiting saw them almost disappear. Yet, the rise of dog shows in the late 19th century helped revive the breed.
The mastiffs were thought to have got brought to the United Stated in the colonial times; yet, the first Mastiff club got formed in 1879. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. Today the massive size and gentle nature of the Mastiff makes him an admired companion worldwide.