Appearance: Medium size dog,
powerfully built and showing great strength. Weight for males 60 lbs
and up. Females 50 lbs and up. Height at shoulders for males 17’ and
up, females 16” and up. It should be alert with a symmetrical
well-proportioned body. The dog should be cobby, but have the
appearance of an athlete.
Temperament: Friendly, but
fearless adversary to anyone who threatens his master or property.
Unfriendliness to strangers isn’t a defect, although it’s unusual.
Head: Large in proportion to
body and square. Deeply sunken between eyes, extending up forehead.
Moderately wrinkled. Jaw muscles large, lower jaw turned up and
protruding. Bite squared, but undershot. Large tusks. Eyes low and
wide set. Forehead flat. Muzzle short and broad. Flews
semi-pendulous. Ears may be either rose or button and should be set
high and wide. Dewlap will have two folds.
Body: Neck should be short and
nearly as wide s the head. Shoulders very broad and muscular. Front
legs may be slightly bowed or straight. Ribs well rounded and chest
wide and deep. Back short, slightly roached and strong. Belly well
tucked up. Thighs very muscular. Rear legs neither pigeon-toed or
cow-hocked. Tails must be straight.
Coat: Short, close and medium
Color: Brindle of red, gray,
or black. Brindle spots on white. Solid white, Fawn, red or black
solid or with white. Pink noses and pink skin around eyes are
undesirable, but not a disqualification.