Mastiff, Canis villaticus, v. catenarius, L. a valuable species of the dog-kind.

This bold animal is alike remarkable for his loud voice in barking, his extraordinary size, and surprizing strength. So great indeed is their courage and muscular power, that three of these quadrupeds are more than adequate to cope with a lion.

The mastiff is particularly valuable as a vigilant house-dog, and it is much to be regretted, that this species of useful creatures has, within a few years, rapidly declined in numbers.—For the most proper method of managing dogs, in general, the reader is referred to that article.