Breeds


AKC-registered Boerboel must have pedigrees that pass a litmus test.
Can you get your South African-bred Boerboel registered with the American Kennel Club? It depends on what's in that pedigree.
Among all the Molossers, the Boerboel arguably has the most unfixed type. One way to think of the breed is the middle ground between the Bullmastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux.

Boerboel registrations were on the upswing in 2018, along with many other Molosser breeds.
On the American Kennel Club's newly released list of its most popular breeds for 2018, most Molossers either maintained their rankings, or in some cases even moved up.
Referred to as "paglia," or the color of straw, this shade of Cane Corso is considered rare. But is it acceptable in the show ring? The DNA tells the tale.

"The Old English Mastiff Club Show at the Crystal Palace: Taking a Photograph Under Difficulties," 1890. Some things never change!
Handlers share their tried-and-true tips on wrangling, um, showing Molossers to best advantage in the ring.
Mastiffs rule as the AKC Museum of the Dog opens in Manhattan.

Farcroft Fidelity, bred by S.E. Moseley, was the breed's first CC winner in the United Kingdom.
How a British dog dealer named S.E. Moseley created the modern Bullmastiff -- or took credit for it, at least.

Bull Mastiff Ch. Athos, owned by a Miss Lane, likely 1930s.
Almost a century ago, when the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom changed the name of the Bull-Mastiff to the Bullmastiff, it was no trivial technicality.
The former mayor of Lhasa, Tibet, outlines the three types of Tibetan Mastiffs sought after in its homeland.
The Bullmastiff was designed to be a stealthy nighttime guardian.

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