Judging

A fascinating visual look at the maturation process in the Neapolitan Mastiff.
Dogue de Bordeaux expert Anne-Marie Class deconstructs the breed.
The Cane Corso is the athlete among Molossers. Here are 10 things to know about evaluating the breed.
Breeder-judge Massimo Inzoli of Italy offers a primer on judging this striking white Molosser, seen through the prism of the FCI standard for the breed.
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.

One thing everyone agrees on: This is "unauthorized" white, according to the Dogue standard. Photo: Sanna Sander.
A recent dust-up about American judges disqualifying a Dogue for white on the chest suggests that the breed standard could use some clarification.

The Fila Brasileiro, a breed that Teixeira enjoys judging -- and discussing.
There are only a handful of all-round judges worldwide whose opinions Molosser fanciers apprise with as much interest and respect as they do their own breed specialists. And on that very short list is Luis Pinto Teixeira of Lisbon, Portugal.
Mark and Cindy McElderry are the first American breeder-judges of the Dogue de Bordeaux. Let's meet them.