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?

Photo: Natascha Den Herder
 

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:

Photo by Mary Bloom
To most not intimately involved, Molosser temperaments seem very one note — a guardian distrusting of strangers, fairly independent, obstinate and loyal.
Many Molosser breeds have brindling, a pattern of black striping not dissimilar to that of a tiger.

Photo: Mary Bloom.
I’ve heard it more times than I can count: We need to do a better job educating Molosser judges.

Photo: Natascha Den Herder

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

Photo: Mary Bloom.

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A British study finds that size and muzzle length are correlated with longevity in dogs.
How and why Molossers get booted from the ring.

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