The first traces about the Mastiff's origin
can be traced back in 2500 B.C. In the following centuries he was mainly used as
a guardian of lands and castles. Later on, he was used as a fighting dog against
bears and lions, and was once again employed as a guardian dog, especially
But during the World War I the breed underwent a break down, and
it was almost estinguished during the following World War. It was thanks to Mrs.
Nora Dickin, the English Club secretary, who gave the breed the chance to
survive, as she found some subjects in America exported only a few years before.
A male and a female were sent from Canada, and this way the English Club started
the revival of English Mastiff.