|("OLD ENGLISH STYLE MASTIFF, ") U.K.
Head, in general outline, giving a square appearance when viewed from any
point. Breadth greatly desired: in ratio to length of whole head and face as
2/3. Body massive, broad, deep, long, powerfully built, on legs wide apart
and squarely set. Muscles sharply defined. Size a great desideratum, if
combined with quality. Height and substance important if both points are
Large, massive, powerful, symmetrical and well knit frame. A combination of
grandeur and, courage.
Calm, affectionate to owners, but capable of guarding.
HEAD AND SKULL
Skull broad between ears, forehead flat, but wrinkled when attention is
excited. Brows [superciliary ridges] slightly raised. Muscles of temples and
cheeks [temporal and masseter] well developed. Arch across skull of a
rounded, flattened curve, with a depression up centre of forehead from
median line between eyes, to half way up sagittal suture. Face or muzzle,
short, broad under eyes and keeping nearly parallel in width to end of nose;
Truncated, i.e., blunt and cut off squarely, thus forming a right-angle with
upper line of face, of great depth from point of nose to under-jaw. Under
jaw broad to end. Nose broad, with widely spreading nostrils when viewed
from front, flat [not pointed or turned up] in profile. Lips diverging at
obtuse angles with septum, and slightly pendulous so as to show a square
profile. Length of muzzle to whole head and face as 1/3. Circumference of
muzzle [measured mid-way between eyes and nose] to that of head [measured
before the ears] as 3/5.
Small, wide apart, divided by at least space of two eyes. Stop between eyes
well marked but not too abrupt. Coloured hazel brown, darker the better,
showing no haw.
Small, thin to touch, wide apart, set on at highest points of sides of
skull, so as to continue outline across summit, and laying flat and close to
cheeks when in repose.
Canine teeth healthy, powerful and wide apart; incisors level, or lower
projecting beyond upper but never so much as to become visible when mouth is
Slightly arched, moderately long, very muscular, and measuring in
circumference about one or two inches less than skull before ears.
Shoulder and arm slightly sloping, heavy and Muscular. Legs straight, strong
and set wide apart; bones being large. Elbows square. Pasterns upright.
Chest wide, deep and well let down between forelegs. Ribs arched and well
rounded. False ribs deep and well set back to hips. Girth one-third more
than height at shoulder. Back and loins wide and muscular; flat and very
wide in bitch slightly arched in a dog. Great depth of flanks.
Broad, wide and muscular, with well-developed second thighs, hocks bent,
wide apart, and quite squarely set when standing or walking.
Large and round. Toes well arched up. Nails black.
Set on high, and reaching to hocks, or a little below them, wide at its root
and tapering to end, hanging straight in repose, but forming a curve with
end pointing upwards, but not over back, when dog is excited.
Powerful, easy extension.
short and close lying, but not too fine over shoulders, neck and back.
Apricot-fawn silver-fawn, fawn or dark fawn-brindle. In any case, muzzle
ears and nose should be black with black around the orbits, and extending
upwards between them.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded in exact proportion to
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum
Printed by permission from
The OLD ENGLISH MASTIFF CLUB (OEMC) of England
We at Rockport Mastiffs acknowledge and accept the
original Breed Standard published in 1903 by the Old English Mastiff
Club (OEMC) of England as the correct standard for this breed.