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Pier Giovanni Staderini and friends

Mastino Master

Tuscan painter and ceramicist Pier Giovanni Staderini has a  far-ranging style, from abstract works to curvaceous studies of the female form that are as brooding as they are sensuous. The Neapolitan Mastiff occupies a special place in his heart – and on his easel. 

Cage Syndrome

British royals were among the first to own these exotic and ferocious Tibetan souvenirs, and when it came time to house them, zoological parks seemed as logical a place as any.

The "B" Word

Bloat is a life-threatening condition that needs to be treated immediately if a dog is to survive. Veterinarian and Bullmastiff breeder Sandra Statter offers advice on slowing its progression until you can get to the vet.

Origin of "The Eye"

Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy, Quincy and Kojak: Popular culture is stuffed with images of the tireless detective, gumshoeing his way into danger and intrigue.  

But those fictional sleuths have nothing over the world’s first real private detective, Allan Pinkerton.  


This brindle bitch has a correctly sized and placed ear, which contributes to her very typey head. Photo: Denise Flaim

Lend Me Your Ears

Ears are the finishing touch on a Mastiff head, and depending on their size, they can denote fierceness, sweetness and everything in between.


The Fila Brasileiro, a breed that Teixeira enjoys judging -- and discussing.

Talking With ...

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.

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