Level: Low to moderate
Calm, contemplative and certainly not frivolous. Not quick
to aggression but difficult to stop if they make that decision.
Steady and loyal in character, not aggressive nor liable to
bite without reason, a defender of property and its inhabitants,
he is always vigilant, intelligent, noble and majestic.
for: Firm handlers and families (an adults' dog that
is good with children, not a "child's" dog.)
males 65 - 75 cm.
females 60 - 68 cm.
Males 60 - 70 kg [132 - 154 lbs] Females 50 - 60 kg. [110
- 132 lbs]
Colour: Preferred colours are
grey, leaden grey and black, but also brown [mahogany], fawn [tawny]
and deep fawn [deer red], sometimes with white patches on the chest
and on the tips of the toes. All these colours may be brindled.
Hazel [light brown], dove-grey and Isabella [light fawn] are tolerated.
Short, stiff, hard and dense, of the same length all over; uniformly
smooth, fine and measures 1.5 cm [just over & 1/2; ins] maximum.
Must not show any trace of fringing.
Appearance: Extra large heavy boned body. Broad head
with square muzzle & Loose lips. Eyes deep set & typically
following the colour of the coat. Ears hang to the side of the head.
Skin is loose & wrinkled. The breedís large head, intelligent
expression and abundant loose skin give them a very distinctive