Back before the Internet made us a global village, extremes were very much a local phenomenon: A huge dog in England might very well be dwarfed by a larger one in Kazakhstan, but who would know?
Canine multifocal retinopathy, also known as cmr, is a genetic condition that affects the eyes of various dog breeds.
The Near East is the geographical region that stretches from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean (modern Israel, Lebanon and Syria) to the Zagros Mountains that form the western edge of the Iranian plateau, as far north as Anatolia (modern Turk

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Graphic from the SABBS Illustrated Breed Standard Terminology sheet. How many numbers can you correctly identify? (Scroll down to the bottom of the story for answers.)
When we hear about appraisals, we usually think about calculating a monetary value for a parcel of real estate or a fine piece of jewelry.

Your eyes may see tan points, but the genetics say otherwise.
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:

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To most not intimately involved, Molosser temperaments seem very one note — a guardian distrusting of strangers, fairly independent, obstinate and loyal.

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Graphic from the SABBS Illustrated Breed Standard Terminology sheet. How many numbers can you correctly identify? (Scroll down to the bottom of the story for answers.)

Your eyes may see tan points, but the genetics say otherwise.

Photo by Mary Bloom

New and Noteworthy

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

British show celebrated the breed’s official century-old birthday.
An unsatisfying ending to a controversial Mastiff crossbreeding project.

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