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mason   [Mar 18, 2007 at 12:07 AM]
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vanvan   [Feb 02, 2010 at 04:39 PM]
In 1^47 Richardson published his book on the dog, and gives an illustration of an Alpine mastiff, the property of a Mr. W. Flood. This was seemingly a very fine coated animal, the stern being fine, tapering, and free from any rough hair, the ears are rather large and heavy, the1 forehead is full and broad. This woodcut is valuable evidence, as it shows there was little difference between some of the old Alpine mastiffs and the English breed, except the greater size in some specimens. Some years ago now, noticing what 1 thought to be a very fine English mastiff bitch in a vard, I asked about her parentage and breeding, and was rather surprised to hear she was an Alpine mastiff, for I thought the breed was quite extinct ; her head was remarkably short and grand, her size and bone might have told me that she had Alpine blood. .-ind she had the white blaze up the face; I -was informed that she would never breed, otherwise should have tried to have purchased her. Jesse writing in 1846, states that the Alpine mastiffs were at that date generally of a milk white or tabby colour, and gives a very fair illustration of the breed, drawn by \A . R. Smith. About 1840 Mr. Lukey owned a specimen named Lion, which came from the convent, and his ears had been cropped to prevent the chance of their getting frost-bitten. I have a photograph of this dog, taken from a drawing, and a friend of mine has a coloured sketch of him, presented to her by Mrs. Lukey. The dog's muzzle was apparently very short and blunt, forehead broad, and whole head generally short and full, and the eye too full. An old writer says : " I have seen several specimens of the noble Alpine breed ; their size equal to that of the largest mastiffs, the muzzle deep, and ears pendulous, fur rather long and wiry, the eye full and expressive, and form of body and limbs showing great strength. I have now stated sufficient to show that between 1800 and 1850 there were repeatedly brought from the monastry of St. Bernard and the Alps.

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