Appearance: Extra large heavy boned body. Broad head with square muzzle & Loose lips. Eyes deep set & typically following the colour of the coat. Ears hang to the side of the head. Skin is loose & wrinkled. The breed’s large head, intelligent expression and abundant loose skin give them a very distinctive profile.
Temperament: Calm, contemplative and certainly not frivolous. Not quick to aggression but difficult to stop if they make that decision.
Characteristics: Steady and loyal in character, not aggressive nor liable to bite without reason, a defender of property and its inhabitants, he is always vigilant, intelligent, noble and majestic.
Colour: Preferred colours are grey, leaden grey and black, but also brown [mahogany], fawn [tawny] and deep fawn [deer red], sometimes with white patches on the chest and on the tips of the toes. All these colours may be brindled. Hazel [light brown], dove-grey and Isabella [light fawn] are tolerated.
Coat: Short, stiff, hard and dense, of the same length all over; uniformly smooth, fine and measures 1.5 cm [just over & 1/2; ins] maximum. Must not show any trace of fringing.