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Abraham Hondius was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age. He operated out of Rotterdam until 1666, when he moved to London.

This is a portrait of a mastiff that would have been relatively common in seventeenth century England.

Unlike the modern mastiff, this dog is almost entirely white.

Many mastiffs were originally of this color, which shows their relationship to the bulldog.

The modern mastiff, which comes in brindle, fawn, silver fawn, and apricot with a black mask, didn’t really develop into its present form until about 1880. This modern mastiff then almost went extinct and had to be revived using bullmastiff and St. Bernard blood.

These original mastiffs were commonly kept as guard dogs. In a city like London, a fierce guardian mastiff would have been a great asset for a home or business establishment.

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Zhara’s the baby

So cute in this photo:

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Zech has his new horse

She is sleeping in a laundry basket.  The mirror tricks her into thinking there are other puppies around.

She reminds me very much of a pug. I can see why all those nineteenth century dog experts thought of pugs being toy mastiffs.

You can’t see her eyes, but they are very sharp and expressive. This is a smart dog.

She has very well developed muscles already. I’m actually quite shocked at how this dog is put together, and she’s only a seven-week-old!

 

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Zech’s new horse

My sister holding a six-week-old female mastiff puppy.

My sister and her boyfriend went up between Pittsburgh and Youngstown yesterday evening to pick out a mastiff puppy.

She’s six weeks old and is still too young to leave her mother.

He’s chosen the name Zhara for the puppy.

At six weeks old,  it looks like she’s already larger than Willie.

And she might mature somewhere in the 180 pound range, which is more than twice the size of Miley.

“”As a lion is to a cat, so is a mastiff compared to a dog,” goes an eighteenth century English saying.

And I think they’ve been bred in the current form, which differs quite a bit from the dogs that were historically called mastiffs in England, to look more like the English lion than they did originally.

There is a lot of St. Bernard and bullmastiff in this breed, which is why she looks so fuzzy and sable now. She will mature as an apricot mastiff.

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