Rare Molossers

AKC-registered Boerboel must have pedigrees that pass a litmus test.
Can you get your South African-bred Boerboel registered with the American Kennel Club? It depends on what's in that pedigree.
Among all the Molossers, the Boerboel arguably has the most unfixed type. One way to think of the breed is the middle ground between the Bullmastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux.
Irina Kyyanitsya shares her experiences with this larger-than-life guard dog from Central Asia, also known as the Alabai.

Deer Run Arbaco, a dog found in the pedigrees of many American-bred Presas.
Did Tobin Jackson of Deer Run Mastiff fame "create" the American Presa Canario?
Ca de Bou, the medium-sized Molosser
Photo: Doggy Soul
This rare Molosser packs a lot of character in a medium-size package.
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 classic butcher's dog, the Sicilian Branchiero is all but extinct today.
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.
This South American Molosser evolved in the wild of Uruguay, and has survived centuries of government-sanctioned culling. Today it's Uruguay's national dog.

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.