Molossus Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Molossus so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGreece flagGreece
Other Names
What other names does the Molossus have?
MastínMolossian houndMolosser
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Molossus Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Molossus puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Molossus?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Molossus is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Molossus? How many Molossus are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Molossus Size

Size
Is a Molossus small, medium or large dog?

How big do Molossus get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Molossus weigh? How much should the Molossus breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Molossus?
90-120 pounds (41-54 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Molossus?
105 pounds (47.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Molossus? Molossus height:
20–30 inches (50-76 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Molossus?
25 inches (63 cm)

Molossus Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Molossus have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Molossus's coat?
Brindle
Grooming
How to groom the Molossus and how often?
Easy to groom: The Molossus doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Molossus is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Molossus dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mastín?
Molossuss are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Molossus need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Molossus every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Molossus Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Molossus have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FierceFerociousLoyalGuardingHuntingProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Molossus? Is the Molossus breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Molossus's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Molossus is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Molossus dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Molossuss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Molossuss are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Molossus sensitivity:
Molossuss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Molossus a good family dog?
Average: Molossuss are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Mastín need? Molossus social needs:
Molossuss are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Molossus dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Mastín bark?
Average to High: The Molossus is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Molossus good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Molossuss are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Molossus dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Molossus dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Molossuss strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Molossus bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mastín? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Molossus? Why do dog bites happen?

High 🔼

The Molossus has a high chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Molossus has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Molossus? How much bite force does a Molossus have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Molossus bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Molossus, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Molossus do?
Molossuss have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Molossuss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Molossus to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Molossus roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Molossus is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Molossus have high prey drive?
Molossuss have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Molossus dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Molossus good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Molossus breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Molossus indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Molossuss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Molossus be left alone?
Molossuss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Molossus Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Molossus temperament with other people:
Molossuss are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Molossus dogs get along with other pets? Are Molossus dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Molossuss usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Molossus dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Molossus temperament with children:
Molossuss are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Molossus dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Molossus breed live with a cat?
Molossuss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Molossus good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Molossus dogs get along with other dogs?
Molossuss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Molossus breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Molossus breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Molossuss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Molossuss good office dogs? Do Molossuss make good office friendly dogs? Can Molossuss be office dogs?
No
Molossus is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Molossus dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Mastín temperament with senior people? Are Molossus dogs good for elderly owners?
Molossuss are commonly okay with elderly people.

Molossus Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Molossus dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Molossuss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Molossus breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Molossus see the vet?
Frequent
The Molossus should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Molossus dogs live? How old can a Molossus be? What is the age limit of the Molossus? How many years can the oldest Molossus live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Molossus?

11-13 years
The average lifespan of Molossus: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Molossus breed hypoallergenic?
No
Molossuss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Molossus have? What is the activity level of the Molossus?
Molossuss have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Molossus need? How much exercise do Molossus dogs require per day?
Molossuss need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Molossus breed need?
Molossuss are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Molossus need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Molossus breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Molossus? How much food should I feed my Molossus?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Molossus risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Molossus's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Molossus's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Molossus has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Molossus drool?
The Molossus is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Molossus.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Molossus As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Molossus be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Molossus is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Molossus be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Molossus be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Molossus is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Molossus be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Molossus is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Molossus be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Molossus is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Molossus be a boat dog?

Not really

Molossus breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Molossus be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Molossus is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Molossus dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Molossus Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Molossus pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Molossus breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Molossus: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Molossus have in a litter? How many puppies can the Molossus breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Molossus have? How many puppies can a Molossus give birth to?
1-14 puppies

Molossus Recognition

AKC Group
Is Molossus recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Molossus recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Molossus Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Molossus's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Molossuss are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Molossus doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Molossuss are low shedders.
  • Watchdog Ability: Molossuss are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Molossuss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Molossuss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Molossuss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Molossus breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Molossus is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Molossus has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Molossus's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Molossuss have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Molossus is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Molossuss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Molossuss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Molossus is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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