200lbs American Molossus – the ultimate guard dog

Marcus Curtis, a 45-year-old breeder from Riverside, California claims he resurrect an ancient giant guard dog. Marcus declared himself both lucky and proud as he owns a 212 pound American Molossus dog.

The Molossus is well known throughout ancient literature. Kept by ancient Greeks (from Molossia, of course), these canines feature in writings of some of the most well-known poets and philosophers in history; Horace, Seneca, and Virgil are only a few of the men who refer to these ancient dogs.

Heavy-boned, massive, muscular, and intimidating, the original Molossus was charged with protecting villages, people, children, and other animals from ᴘʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs and ᴇɴᴇᴍɪᴇs. The Roman army took it into its service, breeding them for exactly that purpose.

By official records, the Molossus is officially recorded as ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛ. It is for this reason that there is much debate around its resurgence. In all the written evidence of the Molossus that has sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ, none go into detail to describe the dog physically, nor provide a sketch of it.

Mr Curtis, who has been breeding since 1999, began looking at statues, clay tablets and paintings showing a beast used as a guard dog for the rulers of the ancient world, before deciding to resurrect this breed.

“I’ve been breeding dogs since 99,” explains Curtis. “I first got into breeding Rottweilers and then I got into the Neapolitan Mastiffs and then, through research, I just became completely enamored with the Molossus and was dedicated to bringing them back.”

The dog breeder was able to create a line of dogs resembling the old-world giants by using the Old English Mastiff and Napoleon Mastiff. Mr Curtis said the breeds have different temperaments and, by blending them together, he had to focus on the different attributes of the animals.

While their imposing size and intimidating appearance can make people nervous, Curtis is keen to reassure the world that these gentle giants aren’t naturally ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ.

“They have an intimidating look, but when they’re well socialized, they’re gentle,” he says. “They do what they’re supposed to do and they will only push their weight around if they have to.” And when it comes to weight, the American Molossus has plenty of it to throw around.

“The biggest dog we own to date is Sasquatch, being huge at 212lbs at 18 months. They generally continue to grow until they’re about four years old.”

“You have to focus on the guardianship and the attributes of the dog and try to blend them together. These dogs are bred to be a close guardian and get in between you and an intruder and scare them away,“ said the breeder.

 

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