Marie Moore helped re-establish the Mastiff in America after World War II, but she remains an enigma to many in the breed.
Basir prototypical Cane Corso
Basir, in foreground.
Basir became the prototype for the contemporary Cane Corso, and was the model for the modern breed standard.
A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?
A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?
A photograph of a Neapolitan Mastiff that is the size of a pony turns out to be an urban legend.
Tibetan Mastiff lithograph
It's unclear whether Marco Polo actually saw a Tibetan Mastiff while in China, but at minimum he introduced this exotic new breed to the Western world.
The Battle of Agincourt
The Battle of Agincourt.
Legend has it that Sir Piers Legh II was wounded at the battle of Agincourt in 1415, and his loyal Mastiff stood over him for hours while the battle raged.
Richard Andsell’s 1865 painting “The Poacher at Bay” depicts a Mastiff-type dog deterring a game-stealing intruder

Molosser Magazin, published in both German and English, was required reading in the 1980s.
Christopher Habig's original German-based Molosser Magazin was a celebrated publication in the 1980s.

The Sphinx-like down tells you this Mastino actor was more interested in something off stage.
Fang, the dog owned by Hagrid in the Harry Potter books, was played by various Neapolitan Mastiffs in the movie adaptations.
Farcroft Felons Frayeur, whelped in 1927
Farcroft Felons Frayeur, whelped in 1927, was an early champion for Moseley.
At his Farcroft kennel in Stoke-on-Trent in the 1920s and '30s, S.E. Moseley perfected and solidified Bullmastiff type.
It is quite possible that without French schoolteacher Raymond Triquet, the Dogue de Bordeaux would not have survived the 20th Century.