EXTINCT DOG BREEDS-MOLOSSUS-ANCESTOR OF THE MASTIFF

EXTINCT DOG BREEDS-MOLOSSUS  -ANCESTOR OF THE MASTIFF

This wonderful dog breed was considered to be the ancestor to today’s Mastiff-type dogs and many of the other breeds.

Mastiff type breeds are often called Molossers.

This breed is one of the best known breeds from Greek- Roman times and it is believed that many breeds such as the St.Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Rottweiler, Great Dane, Newfoundland ,Great Swiss Mountain Dog and Bernese Mountain Dog.

Many scholars described this dog as a fighting dog used by ancient Greeks.

Profile

Wide, short  broad muzzle

Heavy dewlap-similar to modern mastiff that was used to fight lions and tigers,elephants and men in battle.

Not very tall

Muscular tough body-similar to mastiff today

Ferocious, aggressive and protective

Superior physical strength

Superior abilities

Agile warriors

Not used as house dogs or for companionship

Short haired coat

Easy to groom

Adaptable to a changing weather conditions

Preferred breed to guard sheep and houses of ancient Greeks

Other scholars argue that the Molossus was originally a lightweight dog used for hunting and herding and had physical characteristics that were more similar to

Greyhounds and maybe the Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Origin

The mountains of north west Ancient Greece and southern Albania.

This breed was a native to Greece and the rest of the Balkans.

Later moved on to Italy and other places of the Greek world .

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine and wildlife freelance

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