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The Mastiff' is a large breed of dog of the general mastiff or Molosser type.

This breed is powerfully built, with a massive body, broad skull and head of generally square appearance.

The size should be very large, but it must be balanced by soundness. The body is massive with great breadth, especially between the forelegs, causing these to be set wide apart. While no height or weight is specified for this breed, the approximate height is 25.5 to 30 inches (70 to 76 cm) and weight 175 to 190 lb (79 to 86 kg).

The short coat is close-lying and the colour is apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle, always with black on the muzzle, ears, and nose and around the eyes.

Guinness Book of World Records recognizes a mastiff from England named Zorba as the heaviest dog in the world, at over 343 lb (155 kg). Zorba stood 37 inches (94 cm) at the shoulder and was 8 feet 3 inches (251 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Zorba set this record in November 1989, when he was 8 years old.

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