A.K.A Chein de Trait
Even if recognized by the FCI this breed is no longer to be found. The Belgian Mastiff has sadly become extinct and is therefore placed at the suspended list by the FCI.
The primary work for this extinct Mastiff was as a draft dog. The same way as the poor Swiss farmers did use the Grosser & Berner Sennenhund, the poor Belgians did use the Mâtin Belge to pull their charts since they could not afford a horse. In World War I the Belgian army did use Belgian Mastiffs to pull their charts with heavy equipment.
The Belgian Mastiff was known to be very friendly with its human family, but usually vicious against strangers.
The Belgian Mastiff was a bobtailed mastiff: this quality was one of his distinguishing characteristics. The color was brindle or fawn in different shades, with or without a dark mask. White markings were common. The coat was short, smooth, and rather loose-fitting. Height of this vanished mastiff was 69-78 cm. (27-30,6 in) his weight 45-50 kg. (99-110 lbs).
I hope that Belgians or others who got information on this breed contact me. I also hope that Belgians interested in this breed and other molosseres do some research about the Belgian Mastiff.