The Alp Mastiff, sometimes referred to as the Cane Garouf or Patau is a very large, rare, and ancient breed from the Italian Alps, primarily of the Piemonte region near France and north in Switzerland.
The Alp Mastiff comes with both short and long hair and is believed to be the primary ancestor of Saint Bernards as well as other European Bully breeds. There are various theories about the breed's development, with some believing that it was derived from crossing Cane E Presa with mountain shepherds and others believing it to be descended from ancient Eastern mastiffs introduced by Romans.
*While the breed does come in both short and long-haired varieties at the American Bully Association ( ABA ) we focus strictly on those bred to be short-haired.
As most bully breeds, this large bully breed is known for its working and guarding capacities.
Due to modernization and the movement toward cities, this breed has fallen out of favor and is believed to have now possibly gone extinct for all practical purposes but does still likely exist in very small pockets of some remote working farms.