Helene Nietsch reflects on the French Bullmastiff and Mastiff club's 2023 shows.

Two Greyhounds and a Mastiff, painted by Sawrey Gilpin in 1780 for their owner, the 8th Duke of Hamilton.
Dig deep, and you’ll find this unlikely Molosser ancestor.
Some fanciers bandy the term “disqualification” around liberally, as if tossing a big salad. But that word comes with very specific conditions — to say nothing of serious ramifications. A disqualification is the ultimate censure in the dog-show world, a verdict by a judge that sends your dog from...
This color is almost never discussed, but is widespread in a number of Molosser breeds, most notably the Cane Corso.
While no one truly understands how this color pattern works, here is a genetics buff’s educated guess.
Decoding the Cane Corso’s peculiar color lingo.
Breeder-judge Denise Borton offers keys points of breed type.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Molosser style.
When faced with these two extremes, Molosser fanciers should choose the middle ground: “Just right.”