In recent years, black has become the most desirable color in the Cane Corso, spurred by everything from pet- buyer preferences to ear-cropping bans.

One thing everyone agrees on: This is "unauthorized" white, according to the Dogue standard. Photo: Sanna Sander.
A recent dust-up about American judges disqualifying a Dogue for white on the chest suggests that the breed standard could use some clarification.

Photo by Sanna Sodergren
WHaM - that stands for "Wrinkles, Head and Mass." But some Neapolitan Mastiff fanciers argue that the catchy acronym has outlived its usefulness, and encourages a caricature of the breed.
Basir prototypical Cane Corso
Basir, in foreground.
Basir became the prototype for the contemporary Cane Corso, and was the model for the modern breed standard.
Carol Beans of Tauralan Bullmastiffs in California walks us through the breed standard, line by line.
Black mask Dogue
Black-nose Dogues de Borsdeaux are mistaken for Bullmastiffs, and the color may one day disappear from the breed due to lack of interest and appreciation.
Cane Corso fanciers debate the breed’s evolving silhouette
The new Cane Corso illustrations released by the Italian kennel club caused a stir among fanciers around the globe. We look at the big picture.

This brindle bitch has a correctly sized and placed ear, which contributes to her very typey head. Photo: Denise Flaim
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.
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.
Alan Rostron of Graecia Bullmastiffs in the United Kingdom explains how a Bullmastiff that is built correctly will be a Bullmastiff that moves correctly.