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The Proper Mastiff

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What makes this noble breed the most distinctive on earth?

In his home, the proper Mastiff is a great lump of a challenge, combining his inherent warmth and gentle spirit with equal parts hard headedness and willfulness.

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Breeder-judge Massimo Inzoli of Italy offers a 10-point primer on judging this striking white Molosser.

Dogo Argentino breeder-judge Massimo Inzoli of Italy offers a 10-point primer for those who would judge this striking white Molosser.

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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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How long is too long a coat in the Cane Corso? And how does coat color affect its length and texture? Read on.

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No, it’s not a Leonberger. It’s a long-haired Mastiff.

Thought to be throwbacks to Saint Bernards, long-haired Mastiffs (and Bullmastiffs and Dogues) appear occasionally. There is now a gene test to identify carriers of the "fluffy" gene.

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Tibetan Mastiffs are genetically wired to cope with dizzying altitudes ... and scientists say they crossbred with wolves to get that way

Genetic research shows that the Tibetan Mastiff gained the ability to thrive in its high-altitude homeland by interbreeding with local wolves.

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Bifid, or split noses, surface occasionally in Bullmastiffs

Bifid noses – also called "double," "split" or "cleft" noses – are undesirable in Bullmastiffs and other breeds, not least of all because they have been associated with more serious midline defects like cleft lip and palate.

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In one of Rome’s trendiest neighborhoods – and on one of its most age-old streets – lives Uberto Gasche, descendent of an ancient royal family, and a Mastino Napolitano breeder of worldwide note.

Every serious Neapolitan Mastiff lover eventually makes the pilgrimage to Uberto Gasche’s kennel in Rome, as surely as other tourists ogle the Coliseum or crane their necks at the Sistine ceiling.

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Tibetan Mastiff breeder-judges from around the world answer our questions -- and reflect the conflict in the breed.

Tibetan Mastiff breeder-judges from around the world answer our questions-- and their answers reflect the often conflicting views of the breed in its own ranks.

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Some Great Dane fanciers decry the ‘mastiffication’ of the breed

Is a Mastino fetish ruining the Great Dane?

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Bas Bosch explains why a well-developed chin is essential in the Dogue de Bordeaux

"No chin, no chance" is Belgian judge Bas Bosch's oft-repeated admonition about Dogues de Bordeaux who hope to earn a ribbon under him.

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This prominent family’s role in bringing the Bullmastiff to America is little known – until now

America's most famous -- and richest -- family also bred some of the first Bullmastiffs in the United States.

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An excerpt from the definitive book on the Italian Mastino demystifies this often misunderstood breed

Neapolitan Mastiffs are living, breathing relics — and they are as misunderstood as they are imposing.

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Sorting out coat and pigment color in the Dogo Argentino

Dogo breeders strive to accomplish what Mother Nature has created in the polar bear — a black-skinned animal with a full white coat.

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Michael Ertaskiran ponders the time-forged character of the Cane Corso

The Cane Corso's unique, human-centric temperament has been forged over centuries.

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A late-19th-Century Frenchman describes the Dogue de Bordeaux scene of the day

A late-19th-Century Frenchman describes the Dogue de Bordeaux scene of the day.

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The, ahem, lure of the athletic Dogue de Bordeaux

In lure coursing, what Dogues don’t have in the grace of a Sighthound they make up for in focus.

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Nicola Imbimbo remembers the great dogs, and the great men, of the Neapolitan Mastiff's native Naples

Nicola Imbimbo remembers the great dogs, and the great men, of the Neapolitan Mastiff's native Naples.

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An up-close look at the Cane Corso of Caserta

The 18th-Century fountain at the royal palace of Caserta depicts a very modern-looking Cane Corso.

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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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The taxidermied-dog gallery in Britain’s Natural History Museum has some surprising Molossers in the mix.

A Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux and Tibetan Mastiff from a century ago are the Molosser highlights at a curious taxidermy museum in Tring, England.

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Blissed Out in Birmingham

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Comparing the Bullmastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux

At first glance, the Bullmastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux might seem very similar. Which makes their many differences all the more important.

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