Friday, March 25, 2011
This is a Protection and Guarding Breed?
Is this a hippo or a dog? And no it's not photoshop, it's not a photo taken by somone with an anti-Neopolitan mastiff agenda, and it's not a "bad specimen" of the breed. In fact this photo is from a top breeder of Neos, and is displayed on the breeder's web site to show the quality of the dogs offered for sale. More photos below.
The dog, above, is three years and six months old. At this age, he should be in prime form as a guard and protection dog. But is this dog built to intimidate? Can this dog outrun anyone? Can it leap up and grab anyone by the throat? It is even capable of walking all the way around the perimeter of a suburban house at a slow pace?
This dog was feature in a Harry Potter movie and this picture is featured on the breeder's web site as an example of his breeding success.
A small question: If a cherry-eyed dog that can barely see and barely breathe is the model of success in the guarding and protection game, how come we never see these features, or this breed, used for protection or guard service by police, military or private security contractors anywhere in the world?
And what about the dogs here in America? Are they any better? The picture, below, is from the web site of the United States Neopolitan Mastiff Club, and so I suppose this cherry-eyed dog is thought to be ideal?
And what about in Italy? The name "Mario Querci" is a top name in Neos, and goes back to the beginning of the breed and right up through to the modern era (1950-1990) with 50 world champion titles. Querci is dead now, but here we see the best of the breed in Italy competing for the "Mario Querci Trophy." Watch the breathing of these dogs after they walk around a ring! This is what "success" looks like in this breed.
More pictures at Jemima Harrison's Pedigree Dogs Exposed blog here and here.