This dog is a monstrosity.
End of story.
This is not an argument about aesthetics.
This is an argument about welfare.
This dog’s eyes are constantly exposed to the elements. It can’t close and lubricate its eyes properly. If you had eyelids like that, you’d be bitching about the how much pain and discomfort you were experiencing.
“But they’re supposed to look like that!”
No. They aren’t.
I don’t care what wins prizes at a dog show.
It is wrong to breed a dog that has these defects.
And what about its lips?
There is no way that having such pendulous flews is comfortable.
Further, dogs communicate with their faces, but this poor dog can’t fully express itself.
This breed has been designed for the vanity of man. It is not the ancient molosser dog of the Romans. That romantic fantasy hasn’t been confirmed in any genetic literature, and the real origin of this dog is with the farm guardian mastiffs of southern Italy.
Everything about this dog is mythological.
And too many of their fancier have very little grounding in reality.
They don’t care that the conformation standards of this breed require breeding for such a monstrosity.
Just so long as their egos are puffed up with their fantasy Roman war dogs.
I don’t believe in animal rights at all.
But this is a dog.
This is a creature that has emotions and instincts.
It has evolved to bond intensely with humans, so much so that it becomes part of our families.
An animal that is capable of having such a deep and intimate relationship with us deserves so much more.
We need sane breed standards.
Not standards that reward such unbelievable stupidity.