When April Gray of Pleasantview, Colorado, posted videos of one of her hikes with her Dogue de Bordeaux Leia on social media, it didn’t take long for the negative comments and angry-face emojis to start rolling in.
The Rockefellers are associated with many things, among them unfettered wealth and equally munificent philanthropy. But missing from the long list of Rockefeller accomplishments is, in a word: Bullmastiffs.  
There is nothing fragile about a Cane Corso. Except, maybe, for type.

Cerberus sculpted in sand at the 2009 International Festival of Sand Sculptures, in Lido di Jesolo, Italy.
You don't have to be an expert in Greek mythology to know who Cerberus was.

Sumerian dog from 2100 B.C.E., courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum. Can dog breeders -- better yet, should dog breeders -- try to replicate this ancient Molosser?
Anyone arguing for authenticity in purebred dogs is asking for a perch atop a slippery slope – and then a good shove from behind.
Sometimes when you are trying to figure out what you are, it helps to decide what you are not.
Standards are, by definition, about exclusion. As breeds evolve and solidify, they begin to tighten the noose of type.

Cerberus sculpted in sand at the 2009 International Festival of Sand Sculptures, in Lido di Jesolo, Italy.

Sumerian dog from 2100 B.C.E., courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum. Can dog breeders -- better yet, should dog breeders -- try to replicate this ancient Molosser?

New and Noteworthy

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

Never Ebeneezer Scrooge or Oliver Twist. The cast of characters we're focus on are the many real-life dogs owned by famous author Charles Dickens.
  • I like Neapolitan Mastiffs. You got a problem with that?

  • Bullmastiffs with very foreshortened muzzles, such as this puppy, are not in keeping with the standard.
    In the face of bans against breeding snub-nosed dogs, Helene Nietsch reminds that the Bullmastiff is not a brachycephalic breed.
  • Some musings on the American Kennel Club's impending culture clash with the Dogo Argentino.
  • Dogo breeder and hunter Kassi McLaughlin describes the ideal — and often misunderstood — Dogo Argentino temperament
Enrico Drudi of Tisama Tosa Ken kennel in San Marino shares three decades of experience with the Tosa Inu, Japan's answer to the mastiff.

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