In this day and age, there are many jobs that working-dog owners can chose to do with their dogs. But will those jobs completely fulfill a dog purposely built to physically subdue violent and destructive predators?
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.

"The Old English Mastiff Club Show at the Crystal Palace: Taking a Photograph Under Difficulties," 1890. Some things never change!
"Can you help us show a dog?" Sure, I thought, what could go wrong? Let me count the ways. 1) He wasn't a table dog. Actually, he sort of was, in that he was as big as a table.
My passion for dogs started in 1982, when my uncle gave me a Collie. From that moment, I started to study that breed with great commitment.

"The Old English Mastiff Club Show at the Crystal Palace: Taking a Photograph Under Difficulties," 1890. Some things never change!

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