Neapolitan Mastiff fanciers would easily spot their breed's influence in this Dogue de Bordeaux.
It’s a natural tendency to immerse ourselves in our chosen breed, to the exclusion of all others. But it's important to know what influences from other breeds can bedevil our own.
The Bullmastiff was designed to be a stealthy nighttime guardian.
Breeder-judge Richard Eichhorn gives a mentoring session on the nuances of Tibetan Mastiff head type.

Tu-Bo, a very influential Nepalese import to Europe in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
Marta Kowalska of Poland discusses stylistic schisms that threaten to divide Tibetan Mastiff fanciers.
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Nine Bullmastiff breeder-judges from around the world share their impressions of the breed.

A recent female from the kennel, Von Hof's Gucci Girl.
American breeder Dennis Von Hof shares three decades of advice on the French mastiff.
The Cane Corso is the athlete among Molossers. Here are 10 things to know about evaluating the breed.

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.

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.