Korean Dosa Mastiff

The Korean Dosa Mastiff is also known as Korean Mastiff, Mee Kyun Dosa and Dosagyeon. It is a large and the heaviest dog breed that originated in Korea. It has a typical heavily wrinkled body and sluggish gait. It has a well balanced, gladiator like appearance that will seldom fail to get second glances, not only for its massive size but also for its shiny, very impressive and eye-catching red, orange or brown coat. This breed was developed to be a working dog in 1800s from Asian and European working breeds. Tosa Inu and the Dogue de Bordeaux are believed to be its foundation gene pole. In 19th century, English Mastiff, English Bulldog and Neopolitan Mastiff were added to its bloodlines. Likewise, it is also strongly believed that a small percentage of Bloodhound is also part of this massive breed's gene pole.

This large and massive dog stands between 23 to 30 inches and weighs between 145-185 lbs. It has a typical mastiff appearance with large head and heavily wrinkled body. Wide muzzle is square shaped and leads to a broad black nose. Broad ears are soft to touch and hang close to the head. Eyes are medium in size, set wide apart and are dark in colour. It has a rectangular shaped body. The short stocky neck is very muscular and covered with loose skin that forms dewlaps. Long and muscular shoulders are sloping. Back is broad and strong with well muscled loin. Wide round chest is deep. Thick and wide tail is set slightly lower than the topline. In action, the tail is raised just above the back. When the dog is at rest, the tail either hangs down straight or forms an "S" shape. Characteristically, the skin is loose all over the body and forms wrinkles on head and neck.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.

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