Recently, landing on yet-another engraving of a 19th-Century Dogue de Bordeaux, the thought skittered across my mind — and not for the first time:
Why are all these early Dogues cropped, and today none are?
Words matter. And never is this truer than in a breed standard, where misinterpretation of phrases and even individual words can have unintended consequences.
Consider the color disqualification in the AKC Cane Corso standard: