Bullmastiffs with very foreshortened muzzles, such as this puppy, are not in keeping with the standard.
Today more than ever, there is concern about how certain aspects of type can adversely affect a breed's quality of life.
I first learned about the Tosa Inu in January 2007. I was dating a woman who had a Mastiff-Rottweiler mix named Roxie.

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.

"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.

Bullmastiffs with very foreshortened muzzles, such as this puppy, are not in keeping with the standard.

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?

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

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