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I always thought that 'molosser' was a corruption of the Latin word for mastiff, 'molossus.' Anyone care to enlighten me?

Sorry, the above was me. I haven't got the hang of the tilde thing. Mythicaldog 14:23, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

The name comes from the Greek word Molossos ( Μολοσσός), which translates in Latin as Molossus ( with the typical changing of -os into -us. You can check out the wiki-article about the Molosssoi here.


An entlebucher showing the typical molosser build???Are we going mad???Choice any molosser but not an entlebucher please!!!The entlebucher...oh god...—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I'm not sure what's wrong with using the Entlebucher photo, but I'm fine with changing it or adding more photos. Would a Dogue de Bordeaux (image here) or a Bullmastiff (image here) be more to your liking? --Pharaoh Hound (talk) (The Game) 13:28, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Boston Terrier[edit]

I just did a small edit, deleted the text next to Boston Terrier. It was completely incorrect, Bostons are not actual terriers, and are not included in that group by the AKC. 04:15, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

The Boston Terrier, the smallest Molosser, should be mentioned in the lead alongside the big ones. It'd improve the article because it'd give the lead reader an immediate sence of the wide variety of dogs there are in this category. Chrisrus (talk) 06:23, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

The Wikipedia entry on the Boston Terrier does not mention that it is a Molosser. It was bred down on size and it does not have drooping ears, so can it really be considered a Molloser anymore? Grandma Roses (talk) 20:29, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Revert this[edit]

Hello Megistias,howe are you today?

I'am not sure what is wrong with that and I don't see any problem.It's relevant for Wikipedia standards,and Epirus does not exist.--Thispoems (talk) 20:19, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Revert the page the material was referenced.Megistias (talk) 20:21, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
we can reverted,no problem but don't you think is better for the article to be relevant?--Thispoems (talk) 20:44, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Your repeated vandalism and provocative stance is not acceptable in wiki.Megistias (talk) 20:45, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Sir,from my readings,parts of modern Albania and the area of NorthEpir in north west Greece, roughly comprised ancient Molossia.I don't know why is this hard to make it clear to you.--Thispoems (talk) 21:07, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

If you continue you will be reported and most likely punished in some way so i would advise you to stop.The article is sourced and referenced.Megistias (talk) 21:09, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Sir,I did not breake any rules.I rv two times and adviced the users to use the discussion page to talk and bring their arguments.You did report me at FP [2] so do not lie about reporting me.It is not nice that you act like this when I am trying to communicate.Its not the first time you bullie me. Why don't you response to my arguments like that parts of modern Albania and the area of North Epirus in north west Greece, roughly comprised ancient Molossia?--Thispoems (talk) 21:17, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
You removed perfectly referenced material and that is vandalism.Northern epirus was Chaonia.Megistias (talk) 21:20, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
You use the word "it was", so what country now days comprised ancient Molossia?--Thispoems (talk) 21:22, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Molossia is in the region of modern greece now and in the antiquity in the region of Ancient greece.You are trolling now and have been ansewred by users and the article material itselfMegistias (talk) 21:25, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
You are trolling now?? nonsense a bullie act.Argument with you closed.--Thispoems (talk) 21:29, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
The article is referenced.Take some time to read wiki rules pleaseMegistias (talk) 21:51, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Megistias, you may want to read our policies on WP:AGF and WP:CIVILITY. From what I can see, Thispoems is making a good faith effort to discuss some points of the article. The fact that the name is derived from Mollosia is supported by the references and not in dispute. However, it is worth mentioning that those ancient areas may include parts of modern southern Albania as a convenient context for readers who are not familiar with ancient boundaries. OhNoitsJamie Talk 06:43, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Er, no. Ancient Molossia falls entirely within the Periphery of Epirus in Greece. In fact, the ancient Molossians, who were famous for their dogs, were a Greek speaking tribe. --Tsourkpk (talk) 07:11, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
I'm not an expert on Ancient Greece, but I noticed that the Periphery of Epirus article states "...It is part of the wider historical region of Epirus, which overlaps modern Albania and Greece but now mostly lies in Greek territory." OhNoitsJamie Talk 18:19, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
The ref's clearly state my points.Albania has nothing to do with Molossia.Megistias (talk) 09:59, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Its not a good faith effort.References were removed and material that was good.Megistias (talk) 10:02, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Please Help[edit]

How can I get doggo to redirect here? The Spanish Anglosism, doggo, has been re-borrowed back into English, as in Doggo Canario, causing some confusion. The English Hispanism Doggo is ambiguous, and it would help to be able to simply redirect any internal reference to it to this page here, because, in English, "Doggo" doesn't mean "dog" per se, it means "molosser", as this article correctly states. Unfortunately, I don't know how to make it do this. Please help. Chrisrus (talk) 02:56, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

The name "Molosser"[edit]

The termination seems to be German. Is it a German loanword? How long has it been used in English? Andrew Dalby 13:06, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

It seems to be Greek, from the Greek word Molossos ( Μολοσσός), which translates in Latin as Molossus. Chrisrus (talk) 00:48, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

This is the second time someone has come here asking this question. I would add it to the article, but I don't have a citation. I think it should be added because people ask this question alot. It is a strange word; the least commonly known of all words in its catagory (terrier, hound, etc.). Chrisrus (talk) 00:48, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Molosser certainly looks German in form and seems to be borrowed from there – the German term is completely identical in spelling –, even if the term is, of course, ultimately derived from the name of a Greek landscape. Had it come via Latin or French, one would expect the word to be Molossian. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 21:09, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

"Molossian" is what I've always heard these dogs called - this is the first time I've ever seen "Molosser." (talk) 21:49, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Origin needs a complete rewrite.[edit]

There is evidence of large livestock guardian dogs in Mesopotamina and the Turkish highlands several thousand years before the alleged story of the Tibetian Mastif origin. Considering where sheep and goats originated from, and how widespread the Livestock Guardian Dog was through out Europe and Asia Minor, the placement of the origin of large mastif guard breeds would make more sense in other areas instead of isolated Tibet. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

I agree - more so, the story of the Chinese emperor needs proper citation, with acknowledgement of the historicity of the source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:30, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

The Trojan war does not date to 2800 BC by any estimate, nor is the precise time of the war necessary to the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:16, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Short Muzzle[edit]

Is there a reason for these dogs to have a shorter muzzle? My Dad said that shorter muzzles equal stronger bites but I can't find a reference about it here... or anywhere else. It made me wonder why such strong breeds would have deliberately shortened mouths. Gatorgirl7563 (talk) 04:13, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

Andronicus Mastiff[edit]

The following text is moved here for discussion:

NB: The "Andronicus Mastiff" has been temporarily removed from this list as it is NOT an established, recognised or legitimate Mastiff/Molasser with any history pre-dating the sole breeders own litter. These are a modern hybridised mongrel made up of a variation of Mastiff and Bandogge's with not a single show of breed features consistency even within the same small litter.


These 'opinions' will be removed from this edit if, in fact, any legal proof of lineage for the breed "Andronicus Mastiff" is demonstrated and can be fully legitimised with authentic documents by a recognised Kennel Club.



Sminthopsis84 (talk) 17:59, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the edit, but you need a good technical term for what they seem to be: literally mixed breeds or crossbreeds that who knows might be superior dogs, but unless their breeder can get them to "breed true" enough to satisfy some future edition of Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of over 1000 Dog Breeds or something, they will not be listworthy. Stuff like "the destruction and dilution of the mastiff breed...little more than a mongrel" is unnecessary at best. All you have to do is convince us that it doesn't make our standards, which is just confirmation that it's real, preferably in WP:RSes. We don't choose to include or delete stuff in order to maintain breed purity or not to; we're just a collection of facts. Chrisrus (talk) 04:24, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
The List of Molossoid Breeds section needs to list its sources. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 12:37, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
You are right about the List of Molossoid Breeds. First, please do feel free to go ahead and delete all uncited red links. Red links have got to go, unless they are cited. For the uncited blue links on the list, well, it depends. Personally, when it comes to lists, before I delete a blue link I click it in a new tab. If the article has citations, I'm satisfied and don't delete them. I know I should probably bring back a citation and add it to the item on the list, but I find that I don't because I'm satisfied by the article by then and all I wanted to know was whether it belonged on the list. Also it's not always clear which citation to bring back. Anyway, you are right that anyone may delete any uncited blue link according to the rules, but I figure, if the link is blue, a click's as good as a cite when it comes to lists. Happy editing! Chrisrus (talk) 18:11, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

The Strange Case of the Glen of Imaal Terrier[edit]

Heads up all about this thread opened at the Wikipedia Biology Project but should do so here as well: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Biology#The_Strange_Case_of_the_Glenn_of_Imaal_Terrier Chrisrus (talk) 05:03, 2 July 2013 (UTC)