Tom Riche and Lucero's Jaws of Working Class K-9
Re: South African Boerboel
Yes, that is the problem with historical facts. Even with that historical fact pointing the Molossers as the predecessor of all the Mastiff type dogs. Of course, I do not have first hand access to historical manuscripts and other historical evidence, but they seem to be there, as it is shown by the accounts of serious people and scholars. For example, David Hancock states that "Molossian dogs so revered by the Greeks and Romans were not broad-mouthed, modified brachycephalic, mastiff breeds, but comprised two types of huge dogs: a flock guardian, rather like today's Pyrenean Mountain Dog, and a giant par force hound, rather like today's Great Dane. But once scholars lacking knowledge of dogs came across huge dogs described as Molossians, they made the giant leap of declaring all huge dogs, including the broad-mouthed mastiff breeds, as Molossians." And then he also states: "Time and time again, in books and magazines, specially on the continent and in North America, the mastiff group of dogs is blurred with the molossers, or dogs claiming ancestry withe the huge dogs of Molossi people. The 'gripping' or 'holding' breeds like the Bulldog, the Bullmastiff, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the Cane Corso and the Perro de Presa Canario have become known as 'molossers' in spite of any evidence that I can detect. I have searched the literature, art galleries and museums of Greece and Italy for proof without avail." (The Mastiffs The Big Game Hunters Their History, Development and Future.). And there are several other accounts like this. That is why I was asking for your opinion.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"