IS the largest of the whole species; is a strong and fierce animal; has short pendant ears and a large head, great and thick lips hanging on each side, and a noble countenance; he is a faithful guardian, and a powerful defender of the house.
Hark! hark! the trusty guardian of my home,
The watchful Mastiff walks his nightly round
Within the railings, at the beechen gate,
And where secure my flocks sleep in the fold.
Deep-mouth’d, he barks: his thund’ring voice resounds
Across the lawn, the silent lake, the grove;
And echo’d by the neighb’ring hills, appals
The prowling caitiff. –