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Molosser dogs are suggested to have been brought by ancient Phoenicians in the territory of Britain but a famous commander Guy Julius Caesar wrote about extraordinarily big and strong dogs in his memorials and these dogs participated together with Anglo-Saxon military forces in the battle against Roman legionaries.
Similar recollections about dogs-soldiers are characterized by excellent physical abilities and ferocity bear a date from the middle of I century A.C. These dogs, later used by ancient Romans for involvement in demonstrational battles in gladiatorial arenas, achieved victory over large raptorial animals- bears and lions.
Already in antiquity the main assignment of Mastiff-like dogs was their participation in the battles and wilding-hounding that obviously exerted its decisive influence on the character training and behavior of these dogs.
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Their apparent characteristic (that is preserved to the present day) is their ambition for top position, aggressiveness; at times the dogs are uncontrolled and in restrained terms can be dangerous for surrounding persons, besides for their owners.
Since the latter half of I century A.D. Anglo-Saxon Dogs were bought deliberately from Englishmen in order to perform before the audience in these cases taking course in ancient Rome. But Asiatic foregoers of mastiffs delivered to ancient Greece used even for elephant hounding.
During the Middle Ages Tibetan mastiffs that could be seen in mountain settlements of Arabia and that were of great size attracted attention of European travelers investigating Asian regions. Tibetan Mastiffs were still well-known in the day of Alexander the Great: one of the Asian rulers had presented this grand general unusually large dog breeds primarily meant for lion-hunting.
A Pyrenean dog which wonderfully tuned itself to life conditions in the number of European countries in II-I centuries A.C. is among Mastiff-like dogs that are considered to be forefathers of Rottweilers. The remains of such dogs were discovered by archeologists during diggings in many settlements in the territory of coastal areas of Baltic and North Sea.