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Dog registered by FCI (Spain) and “confirmed” (approved for breeding) by the EuDDC as “Great Dane” / “Deutsche Dogge” / “Dogue Allemand” /”Dogo Aleman”…

The dog doesn’t look like any recognized dog breed. Even for a mastiff, the eye disorders should preclude qualification. All FCI breed standards include the caveat: “Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified”.

It’s shocking that a dog so deformed would be identified, in Spain of all places, as a representative of a breed that is, according to the FCI breed standard, “The Apollo of dogs”. Apollo as a synonym of classic beauty, harmony, shapeliness, handsomeness, wholesomeness, physical and mental fitness.

Here’s a clue that, once upon a time, the meaning of being Apollo-esque wasn’t so misunderstood in Spain. In the Prado museum (Madrid) there’s this Velasquez, painted in 1630, Apolo en la Fragua de Vulcano (Apollo in Vulcan’s Forge), after Antonio Tempesta’s”Coniugis furtum Sol Vulcano detegit” (1606).

Maybe Apollo fell in the Volcano and melted.

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