did Max get that ridiculous name?
is an ancient breed thought to be traceable back to the Phonoecians
in the 4th Century B.C. We took Max's formal name from old descriptions
we found of the Mastiff (in centuries past called the "Mastie"
or the "Bandogge" or variations of them).
Mastie that keepeth the house. For this purpose you must provide
you such a one as hath a large and mightie body, a great
shrill voyce, that both with his barking he may discover, and
with his sight dismaye the theefe, yea, being not seene, with
the horror of his voice put him to flight...His disposition must
neither be too gentle nor too curst, that he neither faune upon
a theefe nor flee upon his friends; very waking; no gadder abroad,
nor lavish of his mouth, barking without cause; neither maketh
it any matter though he be not swifte, for he is but to fight
at home, and to give warning of the enemie."
of Dogge called a Mastyue or Bandogge is vaste, huge, stubborne,
ougly, and eager, of a hevy and burthenous body, and therefore
but of litle swiftnesse, terrible, and frightfull to beholde...For
it is a kinde of dogge capeable of courage, violent and valiaunt,
striking could feare into the harts of men, but standing in feare
of no man, in so much that no weapons will make him shrincke,
nor abridge his boldnes.