In the 1980s comedy "Turner and Hooch," an English Mastiff plays Hooch, a dog who takes co-star Tom Hanks on a wild ride, destroys everything in his path and slobbers so much the drool hangs from his drooping jaws.
Yup, that about explains a Mastiff, a breed also known for its extraordinary patience and kindness.
With their size, Mastiffs provide protection to their owners. Popular in England as guardians of castles and estates, they declined in popularity in Britain during the World Wars because they required so much food to keep them fed.
Happily, they've since become popular and prolific again. Dating back 4,500 years, these dogs never go out of style.