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2009-04-18 13:11:49

City officials in Naples, Italy, deny they have spent nearly $786,600 on a breeding program for mastiffs, the stout guard dog that is a status pet of the mafia. The mastiff, said to date to Roman times, once ranked among Italy's most popular guard dogs.


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2008-06-03 17:27:37

The Argentinean Mastiff, otherwise known as the Dogo Argentino, is a big game hunter developed in Argentina. The breed was created to hunt large animals such as cougars and wild boar which can weigh up to 600 pounds. The base of the breed is the Cordoba Fighting Dog, which is currently extinct. It was crossed with many breeds including: Boxers, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Great Danes, Pointers, Spanish Mastiffs, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhounds and Dogues de Bordeaux. The breed standard was...

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2008-05-27 22:45:16

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dog used to guard families and property. The breed's ancestry has been traced to around 168 BC. It is a Molosser type breed which was once used to fight bulls, boar, and lions in ancient Roman arenas such as the Coliseum. The breed was imported in order to do battles against beasts. They also fought alongside Roman legions in battle. The breed's popularity eventually dwindled, but it was "rediscovered" in Italy in the late 1940s and introduced in...

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2008-05-27 17:36:22

The English Mastiff, often known as the Mastiff, is a large Molosser type breed which was once used in blood-sports. It descended from the ancient Molosser and Alaunt and is generally accepted as the oldest British breed. It was probably brought to Britain during 6th century BC and used for bear-baiting, bull-baiting, dog fighting, and lion-bating. The breed lost popularity during the 19th and 20th century due to prohibition of animal baiting, but its status has since then been restored. The...

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2008-05-20 22:06:34

The Cane Corso is a lean, molosser type dog. It is an Italian breed used predominantly as a guard dog. It is not as bulky as other Mastiffs and is much more athletic looking. The Cane Corso stands 23 to 27 inches high and weighs 88 to 110 pounds. The ears of the breed naturally drop forward, but they are cropped in some cases to stand upright. The Corso also typically has a docked tail. The coat of the breed is one of two basic colors, black or fawn. When diluted these colors become...

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