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Old 12-16-2011, 10:26 PM
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Default English Mastiff

Can anyone tell me about them?

Won't be even thinking about a large breed dog, let alone a giant breed dog, for a while. But they have been intriguing me more and more lately so I'd like to know more about them. I always thought I'd be a "no drool, no big and clumsy" kind of dog person, but I've been shifting gears lately.

I think it would be cool when I am living on my own to have a big somewhat "threatening" looking dog, but would want it to really be friendly of course, but I do think it can be a good deterrent in some ways.

First off, it would have to be good with Jackson (16lbs). Are they known to be good with other dogs? Small ones specifically? Dog aggression is not something I'd really be wanting to deal with, especially from such a large dog. Since I already own a small dog, would it be best to bring in a Mastiff puppy or an adult Mastiff already known to be good with other dogs? Would same sex matter, or would it be better to get the opposite sex? I do prefer male dogs.

Exercise requirements? What would they be? Sometimes I think it'd be nice to have one dog who didn't require a TON like Jackson does, it would maybe be a good balance. I still love GSD's but thinking about having another dog who is 10x the size of Jackson needing just as much, well probably more, may be kind of tough, LOL, I don't know. I could still do dog sports and activities like that with Jackson and then have a big dog who maybe didn't need as much. Maybe a walk in the morning and evening would suffice? How long could they keep up in general?

As puppies, are they completely just destroyers of everything in the house, lots of chewing, etc? Do they tend to be a more laid back breed in general or does that come with age, etc?

Shedding/grooming/drool. How badly do they shed and how much grooming requirements do they have? Also, I know there's going to be drool, but really HOW bad is it?

How do you go about finding a good breeder for an English Mastiff? Any recommendations? Would you say out of Mastiff-type breeds that they tend to be the most laid back?

I prefer the faces that are not super droopy, and not the big huge fat bodies....

I like this look:

Brit & Jackson

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Old 12-16-2011, 10:43 PM
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I have not met too many puppies...but all the adults I have ever encountered were big, mellow marshmallows

I used to chat with someone that showed this breed. From what they told me aggressiveness is something that is very dependent on the lines. Some lines are more so others are less. It is the same with longevity in the breed.
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Old 12-17-2011, 01:14 AM
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My experience with them has been as "big, goofy, lovable lugs." Good with small animals is...debateable. Some are fantastic, some see them as a snack. If you have a puppy and raise him with Jackson, you'll stand a better chance, IMO.
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