Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Carting, Weight pulling
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 90-115 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 11-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The original Belgian Mastiff of the middle ages is believed to be extinct but a certain group in Belgium is trying to re-create the Belgian Mastiff according to the standards of the breed. A large and massive breed, the original Belgian Mastiff was used popularly for heavy workload like pulling carts and guarding farms. The breed was devoted to its owners and kind and affectionate to children but aggressive towards strangers and other dogs. A distinguishing feature of the breed was a bob-tail. Primarily a working dog, it was also used during the first World War by the army to pull arms and ammunition carts as well as for transporting wounded soldiers. Not many Belgian Mastiffs survived the war and the number decreased significantly. The breed had a large head that was not very broad. The eyes were set deep with black or brown colour. Medium length ears were level with eyes and nose was black with wide and well tapered muzzle. The neck was thick and well-muscled. Chest was deep and with well sprung ribs. Body had powerful back and loins. Forelegs were set apart and straight while the hind legs were strong, muscular with hooks well let down. Feet was strong and compact and tail was bob-tail. The body helped the massive animal in strong movement and agility. The Belgian Mastiff had height and weight between 25-32 inches and 90-115 lbs respectively. This breed was NOT recognized by AKC.
They come in fawn, brown, black, apricot and tan.
The coat of this breed is short, coarse to touch and close-fitting.
Although the original Belgian Mastiff is thought to be extinct, some argue that there are still specimens of this breed that exist today. There is currently a group in place that is in the process of recreating this breed. The original Belgian Mastiff was a hardy working breed that pulled carts for Belgians who could not afford to buy horses. While the Belgian Mastiff wasn't considered to be particularly friendly, he was known for his loving loyal, and protective disposition. While the breed was sometimes vicious towards strangers, these breeds are not an all-around aggressive dog. They are calm, obedient and took their jobs very seriously.
The Belgian Mastiff has a short-haired coat that is very easy to groom and take care of.
Early socialization and obedience training as early as puppyhood or even by the time they get home is recommended. A firm, fair and consistent trainer is needed to refrain this breeds from having aggressiveness and behavioral problems.
This dog is a working breed that needs plenty of exercise and a job to perform.