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I recently rescued a dog listed as a mastiff mix by the shelter. He is no mix I am sure, and I assumed he was English mastiff as he looks like one (fawn black muzzle HUGE) but as he puts on weight (he was severely underweight when rescued) I had a doubt so did some research. I have now learned of American mastiffs, some of which may have some issues, depending on the source, and seem identical to English mastiffs. As I have a small child I am curious to know which he is. He has shown some defensive aggressive tendencies, reacting aggressively in response to anger and sudden movements or grabbing his collar, but I believe he was not well treated by his original owners and will come around now that he is in a good home. Still, as a father I am concerned and would like more info.
Can anyone tell an English from an American mastiff?? __________________ RJ