AKC

A Bullmastiff with no tail? A larger Cane Corso? A Shar-Pei on steroids? No, it's a Boerboel, and those unfamiliar with the breed have a large learning curve.

Tibetan Mastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux: Brothers from a different mother? Photo by Sanna Sander
What are the 20 breeds slated for the proposed AKC Molosser Group? Which breeds desperately want in -- and which ones want out? 
Neapolitan Mastiff
In American show rings, Neapolitan Mastiffs are often relegated to the sidelines because many judges are simply not knowledgeable or comfortable enough to reward them.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are often relegated to the sidelines because many judges are simply not knowledgeable or comfortable enough to reward them.

Photo by Nina Södergren
Proposed changes to the AKC Tibetan Mastiff standard prompt impassioned debate.
On January 1, 2011, the American Kennel Club formally admitted two Molosser breeds, the Dogo Argentino and the Boerboel, into its Miscellaneous Group, the final step before formal recognition. Here, representatives from each parent club answer some questions from Modern Molosser.
As the American Kennel Club confronts a classification system that is bursting at the seams, the registry contemplates giving Molosser a group of their own.
After the Cane Corso’s AKC ring debut, the ups and downs.