Rare Molossers

John Bayard Swinford is a cult figure among those who seek to re-create these medieval-style mastiff types

A half-century ago, John Swinford decided to re-create the medieval guard dog. Here's how he did it.

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Francisco Peltier suggests ending the Fila Brasileiro wars by creating an altogether new breed: the Brazilian Mastiff.

For decades, critics contend, the Fila Brasileiro has been crossed with Great Danes and Neapolitan Mastiffs, in effect ruining the breed.

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This rare Molosser packs a lot of character in a medium-size package

The Ca de Bou isn’t that well known, and it’s also a relative rarity in terms of its size – truly a medium-sized Molosser.

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Molosser lovers discover China's rare Chongqing Dog

Just as rare as the panda bear, which comes from the same part of China, the Chongqing Dog has generated a lot of interest among fanciers who appreciate its Molosser-style head, naturally pricked ears and odd, bamboo-shaped tail.

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Meet the Cimarrón Uruguayo

This South American Molosser evolved in the wild of Uruguay, and has survived centuries of sanctioned culling by the government. Today, this intelligent and easily trained companion is the national dog of Uruguay.

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Meet the Pyrenean Mastiff - and the man who has dedicated his life to them

Well-known judge and Molosser expert Rafael Malo Alcrudo tells the story of the rare Pyrenean Mastiff, which is also the story of his life and roots in this rugged corner of Spain.

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Will standardizing Armenia’s mountain dog erode its diversity?

The Gampr originated in the highlands of Armenia, with thousands of years of breeding resulting in a land race with a few different styles of dogs. Current efforts within Armenia to standardize the breed have focused on more Molosser-type dogs.

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Meet the Broholmer

If you've never heard of a Broholmer, you're not alone: Denmark's native Molosser was just recently brought back from the brink of extinction.

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