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A prominent chin is very important in a Dogue de Bordeaux

Chin Is In

"No chin, no chance" is Belgian judge Bas Bosch's oft-repeated admonition about Dogues de Bordeaux who hope to earn a ribbon under him.


Two Bullmastiffs lived at Colonial Williamsburg in the early 1940s, presumably guarding the restored colonial village. Did they patrol its perimeter as their brethren did farther north for the Rockefeller family?

Down Virginia Way

In the 1940s, two Rockefeller-bred Bullmastiffs arrived at this colonial town as a canine anachronisms.

Bifid, or split noses, surface occasionally in Bullmastiffs

Split Decision

Bifid noses – also called "double," "split" or "cleft" noses – are undesirable in Bullmastiffs and other breeds, not least of all because they have been associated with more serious midline defects like cleft lip and palate.

Tibetan mastiff posing on a pedestal beside Yamdrok Lake in Tibet, China
Tibetan mastiff posing on a pedestal beside Yamdrok Lake in Tibet, China.

The High Life

Genetic research shows that the Tibetan Mastiff gained the ability to thrive in its high-altitude homeland by interbreeding with local wolves.

Fluff Piece

No matter what you call them – “fluffies,” “hairies” or “rough coats” – long-haired Mastiffs are instant conversation sparkers for those who have never seen one.  

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