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A celebration of those imposing, dignified and majestic dogs know as the Molossers. Brought to you by www.ModernMolosser.com.

Denise Flaim
Bullmastiff
Cane Corso
Dogue de Bordeaux
Mastiff
Dogo Argentino
Tibetan Mastiff
Rare Molossers
Neapolitan Mastiff
Boerboel
Fila Brasileiro
News
Advice

Bullmastiff

In the face of European legislation against snub-nosed breeds, a prominent judge and fancier reminds that the Bullmastiff is not brachycephalic. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Molosser breeders and exhibitors – particularly those with Bullmastiffs and Mastiffs – agree that brindles face an unfairly uphill battle with judges.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

An authoritative piece on Bullmastiff type by breeder-judge Helene Nietsch.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

In this brilliant essay, Molosser expert Bas Bosch explains how wrinkling can be a bellwether for hypertype in the Molosser breeds. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

“Flying nun ears” usually appear at four to six months, around the same time a Bullmastiff puppy begins teething. Warning: If not fixed in time, they might stay that way. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Pam McClintock looks back at the Night Dog, and compares him to today's modern Bullmastiff. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Paging Gregor Mendel ... An easy-to-decipher explanation of the genetics of the brindle pattern in the Bullmastiff. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Bullmastiff judge and expert Billy Brittle shares his concern about overdone dogs — and the departure from breed type that they represent. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Adele Pfenninger was once known for her winning Bullmastiffs. Now her paintings depicting them are sought after by art-minded fanciers. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

No one wants  Bullmastiff who trashes the house, or your serenity. Here's how to raise one. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

The Bullmastiff was designed to be a stealthy nighttime guardian. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Almost a century ago, when the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom changed the name of the Bull-Mastiff to the Bullmastiff, it was no trivial technicality. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Cane Corso

A Czech researcher says striped Cane Corsos have increased longevity, regardless of color. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

In a candid interview, Italian breeder Vito Indiveri discusses the expression, elegance, power, agility and strong, balanced  character that define the Cane Corso. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Stumped by "slightly convergent upper longitudinal axes"? Specialist judge Massimo Inzoli demystifies the skull and muzzle planes in the Cane Corso. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Heads Up

Referred to as "paglia," or the color of straw, this shade of Cane Corso is considered rare. But is it correct? Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

From brindle to black, formentino to fawn, the Cane Corso's beauty is expressed in many shades. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

According to popular thought, yellow eyes in the Cane Corso aren’t just more intimidating – they supposedly give the dog superior night vision. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

When it comes to temperament, the old adage "You reap what you sow" is profoundly true with the Corso. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

The Cane Corso and Neapolitan Mastiff fanciers are in a tug-of-war over ancient images, with each arguing they reflect their respective breed. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Dogue de Bordeaux

In this brilliant essay, Molosser expert Bas Bosch explains how wrinkling can be a bellwether for hypertype in the Molosser breeds. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Hooch, an abused Dogue de Bordeaux rescued by Zach Skow, works with recovering addicts, the homeless and autistic kids. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

A seasoned Dogue de Bordeaux breeder contemplates the tricky task of puppy selection. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Anne-Marie Class shares 10 Things To Know Before Judging The Dogue De Bordeaux. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Jan and Sonja Dijkstra of Kennel de Legeane in the Netherland discuss the balancing at that Dogue breeders face. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

An interview with Dogue de Bordeaux legend — and savior  — Professor Raymond Triquet. Not to be missed! Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Crafting the American standard for the Dogue de Bordeaux took time, patience ... and lots of overseas input. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Mastiff

Molosser breeders and exhibitors – particularly those with Bullmastiffs and Mastiffs – agree that brindles face an unfairly uphill battle with judges.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Bas Bosch challenges assumptions about Mastiff size. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

In this brilliant essay, Molosser expert Bas Bosch explains how wrinkling can be a bellwether for hypertype in the Molosser breeds. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Modern Molosser asked six Mastiff breeders from around the world for their opinions on the state of the breed today. Here are their responses. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

They say Mastiffs are like Fritos: You can’t have just one. Here's how to manage a multiple-Mastiff household. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Many Molossers, including Mastiffs, have difficulty maintaining pregnancy. Low progesterone may be the culprit. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

A 19th-Century account of the Mastiff captures a new English breed just as its roots are set in American soil. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Damara Bolté immortalized Mastiffs on her lead, and in her art. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Meet "Gunner," the Mastiff star of the 1993 family-movie classic "The Sandlot." Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Not only are Mastiffs addictive ... breed collectibles are, too! Gabrielle Simmonds of Australia shares her collection. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Here's a concept: Working dogs that actually can work! Read all about the the basics for drafting, or cart work. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Dogo Argentino

Some Dogo Argentino owners prefer to amplify the "macho" elements of their breed, rather than its steadfastness and loyalty. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Dogo Argentino breeder and hunter Kassi McLaughlin describes the ideal - and often misunderstood - Dogo Argentino temperament. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

The Dogo Argentino emerged from the ashes of a native fighting dog to become a world-class hunter of big game. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Dr. Raul Zeballos tells how he acquired his Dogo Argentinos, the first in North America, from the creator of the breed. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Artist Monika Paruzel of Poland loves painting dogs. But the Dogo Argentino has a special place in her heart ... and on her easel.  Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Dogo breeders strive to accomplish what Mother Nature has created in the polar bear — a black-skinned animal with a full white coat. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Massimo Inzoli of Italy shares 10 things to know about judging the Dogo Argentino. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

10 Things to Know Before Judging the Dogo Argentino

Tibetan Mastiff

Breeder-judge Richard Eichhorn gives a mentoring session on the nuances of Tibetan Mastiff head type. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Abandoned Tibetan Mastiffs compete with snow leopards on the Tibetan Plateau. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

In this excerpt from his book, Don Messerschmidt navigates the challenging Himalayan terrain -- not to mention the occasional guerilla fighter -- to meet a group of legendary Tibetan Mastiffs. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Yushu County, Tibet, in northwest China’s Qinghai Province is renowned for being the biggest breeding center of Tibetan Mastiffs in the world. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Marta Kowalska of Poland discusses stylistic schisms that threaten to divide Tibetan Mastiff fanciers. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

What is true Tibetan Mastiff type? Richard Eichhorn returns to the history books for some clues. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

The former mayor of Lhasa, Tibet, outlines the three types of Tibetan Mastiffs sought after in its homeland. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Rare Molossers

Enrico Drudi of Tisama Tosa Ken kennel in San Marino shares three decades of experience with the Tosa Inu, Japan's answer to the mastiff. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Tosa Inu fan Larry Herman shares his search for the perfect puppy. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

The Gampr originated in the highlands of Armenia, with thousands of years of breeding resulting in a land race with a few different styles of dogs.  Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Well-known judge and Molosser expert Rafael Malo Alcrudo tells the story of the rare Pyrenean Mastiff, which is also the story of his life and roots in this rugged corner of Spain. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

A classic butcher's dog, the Sicilian Branchiero is all but extinct today. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Sicily's Answer to the Cane Corso

A half-century ago, John Swinford decided to re-create the Bandog, a modern medieval guard dog. Here's how he did it. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

The Ca de Bou is a rare Molosser thatpacks a lot of character in a medium-size package. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Did Tobin Jackson of Deer Run Mastiff fame "create" the American Presa Canario? Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

As rare as the panda bear, which comes from the same part of China, the Chongqing Dog has a Molosser-style head, natural prick ears and bamboo-shaped tail. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff of a half-century ago is almost unrecognizable today, says Nicola Imbimbo. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Sighthound enthusiast Rhoda Winter Russell explains her unlikely love affair with the Neapolitan Mastiff. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

A fascinating visual look at the maturation process in the Neapolitan Mastiff. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

In this brilliant essay, Molosser expert Bas Bosch explains how wrinkling can be a bellwether for hypertype in the Molosser breeds. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Boerboel

One way to think of the Boerboel is the middle ground between the Bullmastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux. Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Can you get your South African-bred Boerboel registered with the American Kennel Club? It depends on what's in that pedigree.  Modern Molosser  | www.modernmolosser.com

Fila Brasileiro

For decades, critics contend, the Fila Brasileiro has been crossed with Great Danes and Neapolitan Mastiffs, in effect ruining the breed. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Did Sherlock Holmes hunt a Fila Brasileiro instead of a Hound? Elementary, my dear Watson. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

News

Back for a third year, the "Little Kids and Their Bog Dogs" calendar! Featuring the Leonberger, Great Dane (both black and Harlequin), Mastiff, Ca de Bou, Saint Bernard/St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Doberman Pinscher, Gordon Setter, Greyhound and Ibiz.an Hound

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs 2020 Calendar

Back for a third year, the "Little Kids and Their Bog Dogs" calendar! Featuring the Leonberger, Great Dane (both black and Harlequin), Mastiff, Ca de Bou, Saint Bernard/St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Doberman Pinscher, Gordon Setter, Greyhound and Ibiz.an Hound

When Modern Molosser sent out a call for our “Got Ink?” contest, we were inundated with a dazzling array of body art. Check out these tats! Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Does the world need another Molosser breed? The creator of the "American Molossus" thinks so. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Advice

Have the ears gone wonky on your Bullmastiff or Dogo puppy? Help is on the way! Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

A veterinarian shares the pros and cons — but mostly pros — of naturally reared and raw-fed Molossers. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

What you need to know before your Molosser undergoes anesthesia. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

Back for a third year, the "Little Kids and Their Bog Dogs" calendar! Featuring the Leonberger, Great Dane (both black and Harlequin), Mastiff, Ca de Bou, Saint Bernard/St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Doberman Pinscher, Gordon Setter, Greyhound and Ibiz.an Hound

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs 2020 Calendar

Back for a third year, the "Little Kids and Their Bog Dogs" calendar! Featuring the Leonberger, Great Dane (both black and Harlequin), Mastiff, Ca de Bou, Saint Bernard/St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Doberman Pinscher, Gordon Setter, Greyhound and Ibiz.an Hound

Some Dogo Argentino owners prefer to amplify the "macho" elements of their breed, rather than its steadfastness and loyalty. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

In the face of European legislation against snub-nosed breeds, a prominent judge and fancier reminds that the Bullmastiff is not brachycephalic. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

A Czech researcher says striped Cane Corsos have increased longevity, regardless of color. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Enrico Drudi of Tisama Tosa Ken kennel in San Marino shares three decades of experience with the Tosa Inu, Japan's answer to the mastiff. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Have the ears gone wonky on your Bullmastiff or Dogo puppy? Help is on the way! Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Dogo Argentino breeder and hunter Kassi McLaughlin describes the ideal - and often misunderstood - Dogo Argentino temperament. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Tosa Inu fan Larry Herman shares his search for the perfect puppy. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Molosser breeders and exhibitors – particularly those with Bullmastiffs and Mastiffs – agree that brindles face an unfairly uphill battle with judges.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

Molosser breeders and exhibitors – particularly those with Bullmastiffs and Mastiffs – agree that brindles face an unfairly uphill battle with judges.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

The Neapolitan Mastiff of a half-century ago is almost unrecognizable today, says Nicola Imbimbo. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

An authoritative piece on Bullmastiff type by breeder-judge Helene Nietsch.  Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

In a candid interview, Italian breeder Vito Indiveri discusses the expression, elegance, power, agility and strong, balanced  character that define the Cane Corso. Modern Molosser | www.modernmolosser.com

When Modern Molosser sent out a call for our “Got Ink?” contest, we were inundated with a dazzling array of body art. Check out these tats! Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

A veterinarian shares the pros and cons — but mostly pros — of naturally reared and raw-fed Molossers. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com

What you need to know before your Molosser undergoes anesthesia. Modern Molosser  |  www.modernmolosser.com