Everybody has their own idea and opinion of what constitutes the perfect dog. For many the perfect dog comes prepackaged as a widely recognized and identifiable dog breed that optimally exhibits those traits most revered in the show ring.
Though I sincerely like a good number of dog breeds that is not to say that I am entirely satisfied with what is out there. Put simply I want to create my own dog breed or more realistically my own first generation of standardized mutts. And why not when one comes to think about it? After all most dog breeds we know today were developed off the whim of somebody’s need or plain flight of fancy!
I am sure there will be those who argue who am I to dare think of creating my own dog breed; what qualifications after all do I have to such an end? Well, even if I say so myself, I honestly believe that I am more than qualified enough to develop my own breed of dog. Not only do I know the a lot about dogs I have over 20 books about them. Several of those canine books are bona fide tomes that are steeped deep in the scientific aspects concerning our furry four-legged friends covering such topics like hereditary disease, genetics and breed etiology.
Okay now that we have established that I am more than qualified to design and develop my own dog breed let’s go ahead and etch out the criteria for this new breed. Perhaps if you are the observant type you would have certainly taken note of the title of this post, the Causian Dane Mastiff. Well let me clue you in if you hadn’t made some sort of double take over the header; at one point the header was going to be “ The Causian Wolfhound.”
Anyway as mentioned earlier let me spell out the criteria of this would-be breed:
Characteristics of the Causian Dane Mastiff
The first criterion for this dog breed is that the specimens have to be, if not massive, then large. And when I say large I mean LARGE! The male dogs must have a minimum weight of 150 lbs and the females no less than 130 lbs. Height-wise males should be a minimum of 32 inches at the shoulder while females should be no less than 30 inches. Let me put those stat requirements in a table for easier assimilation:
Weight: 150lbs – 190 lbs 130lbs – 170lbs
Height: 32 inches – 36 inches + 30 inches – 34 inches +
Okay by now it is pretty obvious that we are talking about sizable dogs here. So let’s get to the next step which is what is the function of the Causian Dane Mastiff?
Function of The Causian Dane Mastiff
The size of this dog breed should give some clue as to its primary purpose. The Causian Dane Mastiff is primarily a protector and guardian and that is where it’s formidable size and power comes into play! Okay as we well know most purebred dog breeds of today were developed from a hodge-podge mix of already existent breeds and the Causian Dane Mastiff dog breed is going to be no different.
My original choice of dog breeds to cross to form this formidable new breed were the Caucasian Mountain dog and the Irish Wolfhound. Why? Well firstly because I like both breeds and they more than satisfy the criterion of huge size. The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed in the world and in fact I was perusing a litter of pups for sale whose father stands and impressive 37 inches at the shoulder while mama is no shortie herself at almost 33 inches!
I’m guessing by now you can see how I coined the name the Causian Dane Mastiff. If the cross was to involve the Irish Wolfhound then my new breed would be called the Causian Wolfhound.
Caucasian Mountain Dog vs. Irish Wolf Hound
Now why did I consider these two breeds other than the fact they are both massive breeds. Well the two dog breeds could not have more different characters and temperaments. The Caucasian Mountain dog is a livestock protection dog and is a very formidable predator deterrent. In this case strangers fall under the label of predator and this dog breed treats anything it considers a threat with unbridled violence and impressive fury! In fact according to the description on Wikipedia the Caucasian Mountain dogs “are truly second to none in their bellicosity towards strangers.”