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.
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
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.
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 .
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