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Mastiff (page 21 and hereafter, inc. p. 83)
A mastiff is an ancient breed of very large, deep-chested dogs which are thought to have been developed in England. Mastiffs have short, smooth, fawn-colored coats and are very powerful. They are typically used as watch dogs, fighting dogs, or guard dogs. The dog stands between 27 and 33 inches from the ground to its shoulder, and weighs from 165 to 185 pounds.
The Mastiff is a large breed of dog. A mastiff can be anywhere from 28-36 inches in height. A male mastiff weighs between 160 to over 200 pounds, while a female tends to weigh 140-180 pounds. They are a very strong and powerful dog. Julius Caesar noticed this about the breed when they were used in battles by the British in 55 B.C., He was so impressed by their courage that he brought some of the dogs back to Rome and forced them to fight lions and even human gladiators.
There are many different types of mastiffs, a few of them are: the American Mastiff, South African Boerboel Mastiff, Argentinian Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, and many more. The Saint Bernard is also part of the mastiff breed, known as an Alpine Mastiff. They tend to have short to medium length of fur.
Mastiffs have been around as early as 3000 B.C., which is known by drawings found on Egyptian monuments. They are normally very alert dogs, but well tempered and rarely bark, very good guard dogs since they are devoted to their families or owners. Similar to many breeds of large dogs Mastiffs are prone to elbow and hip injuries, and only live seven to ten years.
The novel references mastiffs when Ti Noel is in Santiago, Cuba, and he sees them being shepherded onto a ship. He is informed by a sailor that the dogs were to be used to “eat niggers” in Haiti.
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