I’m a unique breed of dog—large, powerful, and active—who requires a responsible family capable of handling me. I’m no shrinking violet. I’m strong-willed, independent, and stubborn. My family is everything to me, and I’m intensely protective of them. Loyalty, courage, and alertness make me an excellent guard dog. I can be calm and well mannered or active and aggressive. I’m not always patient with children and can be intolerant of other dogs. I do like to play and can even be silly, and I’m happiest bonding with trusted family members in my proud domain.

I can weigh 85 to 130 pounds (65 to 100 pounds for females) and stand between 23 and 28 inches tall. I have a large head, thick neck, and powerful shoulders. Despite my physical vigor, I’m vulnerable to a variety of health issues, including CHD, PRA, elbow dysplasia, pemphigus, and bloating. Less common health concerns include epilepsy, cataracts, and polyneuropathy. My life span is 10 to 12 years.

I’m not considered an active breed but do enjoy daily physical and mental exercise, which will help keep me calm and quiet in the house. I can challenge other dogs and become combative, so use care when taking me out. I am diligent in keeping myself clean and have no “doggy” odor but do shed my undercoat twice a year. Weekly brushing will keep me looking sharp. My coat can be a range of colors, including black, brown, fawn, red, silver, or white in patterns of solids or brindle.