Well how about that...? It turns out there was one genuinely nice, unexaggerated young Mastino bitch at Crufts. Her name? Nukualofa's Viola. Owner? Kim Slater, the UK Club's health rep.
Nukualofa's Viola won Junior Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch. Now, she is only 16 months old - too young for her to be fully-wrinkled yet - and most of the others in the class were shockers. But I'm not going to publish them because this dog gives us some hope for the future and deserves some unadulterated celebration.
I was genuinely delighted to have these pictures drop into my inbox this morning.
This is what I have meant all along... a dog that I hope the breed stalwarts will consider typey enough, without burdening the poor beast with life-compromising excess flesh.
Well done. Really. Well done.