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Photo: Natascha Den Herder
Comparing the width and length of the Molosser head.

Graphic from the SABBS Illustrated Breed Standard Terminology sheet. How many numbers can you correctly identify? (Scroll down to the bottom of the story for answers.)
This South African assessment is a worthwhile tool for understanding a dog’s strengths and weaknesses.
While no one truly understands how this color pattern works, here is a genetics buff’s educated guess.

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