Isn't she something? She belongs to one of my coworkers, who adopted her as a rescue. Can you tell how big she is? Huge. And with such a soft mink-like coat!
I went looking for an article on mastiffs to bring to you all. Look what I found: one that was originally published in 1920! An excerpt:
The word "Mastiff" is derived from the Latin massivius, meaning massive or
large, but at different times the names Tie-dog and Ban-dog have been applied to
the Mastiff'. At an early date they were undoubtedly used to guard flocks and
herds as well as homes. Later they were trained to fight bulls, bears, lions,
and other animals imported for that purpose. Three well-trained Mastiffs, it is
recorded, were considered a fair match for a bear, four for a lion. . .