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What does an imperial mastiff look like?

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An imperial mastiff is a type of English mastiff that was first bred in England by crossing the English Mastiff with the Bulldog. Mastiffs are massively built dogs with short-haired coats in fawn, apricot or brindle.

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The mastiff is an ancient breed similar to dogs built into Egyptian monuments 5,000 years ago. The lineage of modern mastiffs can be traced to the 19th century. According to the American Kennel Club's breed standard, a male mastiff should stand at least 30 inches tall; a female should be at least 27.5 inches tall. The Imperial Mastiff typically has a shoulder height of 24-27 inches and weighs 100-133 pounds. The skull of a mastiff is broad with a relatively short muzzle, and the face always has a black mask.

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