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Molosser is group of dogs increasingly causing concearn, it is a category of large, solidly-built dogs that includes several breeds, probably all descended from the same root stock. The name derives from Molossia a sub region of ancient ancient Greece, where the large shepherd dog was known as the Molossus.

The proper noun "Mastiff", however, is used to refer to the English Mastiff, a breed that originated from Celtic dogs in England over two thousand years ago. Other terms include "Mastín" (Spanish)), "Dogge" (Germanic)), and "dogue" or "dogo" (Romance languages)).

It includes such breeds as Breeds such as the Bull Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeax, Pyreneran Mastiff (Mastín del Pirineo), Spanish Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, and many others fall into the larger category of "Molossers", but are not "Mastiffs". Each is a separate and distinct breed.  The Boxer breed is also included, as it is a creation from other Molossers including the Old English Bulldog.

Molossers typically have heavy bones, pendant ears, a relatively short and well-muscled neck, and a short muzzle. Although some Molossers are used for search and rescue, such as the Newfoundland and the Saint Bernard, most are used as guard dogs, due to their deep voices and natural guarding instincts, or livestock guardian dogs for protection against large predators as well as poachers. Some breeds like the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog have also been used as cart dogs.

We are seeing an increase in the number and variety of Molosser type dogs in this country, with increasing number of banned dogs being seized of the Japanese Tosa and Fila Brasilerio. Other Molosser’s of increasing concern to us include:

Beast from the East is the nickname given to an ancient dog that is now reported to be in Britain. Its Common name in Pakistan is Bully Kutta, its known around the world as a Pakistani Mastiff, also known as Sindhi Mastiff. In India it is known as the Alangu Mastiff.

It is globally reported that they find themselves in the hands of people who choose them for blood sports  such as Dog fighting.

Imports include the South African Mastiff or Boarboal as it is more commonly referred to and was banned last year as a fighting dog in Denmark.

The Perro de Presa Canario originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means "Canarian blood hound," and is often shortened to "Presa Canario" or simply "Presa." The breed is also called Dogo Canario, meaning Canarian Molosser.