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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.