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John Swinford and his Bandog, Bantu.
Swinford with the original Bantu.
A half-century ago, John Swinford decided to re-create the medieval guard dog. Here's how he did it.

A head study of Ch. Snowy Mountain Chakotay at Iron Hills. Note the beautiful nose and lip pigment, as well as the absence of eye-rim pigment. While very desirable, pigmented eye rims are not a requirement of any Dogo standard.
Dogo breeders strive to accomplish what Mother Nature has created in the polar bear — a black-skinned animal with a full white coat.
A prominent chin is very important in a Dogue de Bordeaux
"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.
Tibetan Mastiff enthusiast Mary Fischer remembers Ann Rohrer, who was instrumental in establishing the breed in the United States.
Founding American Cane Corso litter
Future Champion Rocco and his littermates. Rocco would go on to be one of the foundation dogs of the American selection. Photo: M. Sottile
Over the years, there has been much conjecture surrounding the first litters of Cane Corsos imported from Sicily by Michael Sottile Sr. in the late 1980s.
Brindle Fila Brasileiro
If Molossers had a sound track, what kind of music would it be? Hint: It's not Simon & Garfunkel!
Just as rare as the panda bear, which comes from the same part of China, the Chongqing Dog has generated a lot of interest among fanciers who appreciate its Molosser-style head, naturally pricked ears and odd, bamboo-shaped tail.
A lifetime of collecting Mastiff memorabilia led Steve Oifer to set up a private "Mastiff Museum" in his New Jersey home.

Developed as an all-purpose farm dog, the Boerboel is strong boned and confident.
Are black Boerboels a rare color that needs preservation, or evidence of crossbreeding? The debate about this rustic South African Molosser rages on. 

Carnera della Grotta Azzurra, moving at a pace.
Lions and tigers and bears ... They all pace, a gait in which the legs on one side of the body move in unison. The pace is permitted in only a handful of dog breeds, including the Neapolitan Mastiff.