Majestic. It’s a word that conjures up images of magnificence, grandeur, and dignity. And only five breeds (four of which are AKC recognized) include the word in their breed standard.
The only AKC hound with the word “majesty” in its standard is the Black and Tan Coonhound, and not surprisingly, it has to do with those magnificent ears: “Ears are low set and well back. They hang in graceful folds, giving the dog a majestic appearance.”
Representing AKC sporting breeds is the Field Spaniel: “There is good forward reach that begins in the shoulder, coupled with strong drive from the rear, giving the characteristic effortless, long, low majestic stride.”
The AKC working group has better representation with that word: From the Cane Corso standard: “Noble, majestic and powerful his, presence is impressive.” And from the standard of the Neapolitan Mastiff: “In the show ring he is majestic and powerful, but not showy.”
The Maremma is not recognized by the AKC, but under “characteristics” in its breed standard is this: “Majestic, lively, sturdy, distinguished and intelligent.”
Majestic. One might think the word describes several breeds, but as we see, only a few put it in writing where it counts.
Image: Field Spaniel by Maud Earl