SCout1, the dog that you are babysitting, you say they found it. Is there an estimate of how old it is? For a Bullmastiff, they can be very aggressive (with other dogs, cats, people and other animals)if they aren't brought up properly. So how is the new dog with the labs? Is it a problem for you showing whos boss? When you say mix do you mean bullmastiff and something else, or bulldogge and english mastiff? When a Bully is brought up properly none of these things should be problems but not knowing how this dog was raised.. well... He could have been abused, mistreated, not trained. But usually, yes bullmastiffs are very loyal, protective, affectionate. With the bully being only half of the dog and the other half anyomous, you have no idea of the temperment. THe best way for the dog to be comfortable around you (if it already isn't) is for someone the dog trusts to introduce you two. Well I hope this helped at least a bit. I didn't base my information exactly off my dog Roscoe but off information in books i've read of a typical Bullmastiff.
I have 1 3 year old Newfoundland named Sissy... she was given to us 2 weeks ago and she's already a n important member of our family... I also have 1 black cat named Koda... she's a sweetheart I have 2 parakeets Sweety & Tweety and 1 Cockatiel named Pete that we inherited when my grandma died.
c5chok i haven't met the dog yet. i just finished petsitting for them and it was on this trip that they brought the dog home. her vet seems to think it is about a year old. they found it hanging around the hotel they were staying at and people were feeding it donuts. they didn't think the dog would survive so they put it in the car and drove home with it. they say she is emaciated but weighs in at already 80 lbs. i told her befroe they go away again i should come and visit a few times to let the dog get to know me , her answer was the dog is so sweet she doesn't think i have to worry. i know better than that. she has 2 labs and 2 cats. she is a very good pet owner but has lways just had labs so i don't think she has any clue what she is dealing with. she was told the predominant breed is bull mastiff. w/o seeing the dog i don't know what else it could have in it or if it is pure. it is already food and bone possesive and i am hoping if it doesn't work out she finds out before any of her other pets get hurt/killed. tyia for any other helpful hints you may have
Scout1 Ya, you do need to meet the dog some time when they're there. If it were all bullmastiff and 1 yr then 80lb is light. But the other half could be a smaller dog or it might just be really skinny. If its food and bone possesive there are probably alot of fights with the labs. (just guessing). THat's a bad sign already. My bullmastiff now is fine with other dogs, but I once had a collie/golden retriever mix who became very aggresive with our snauzer, It got worse until the point where she got aggressive with a guest we had over (he was teasing her with the food though) and we had to put her down. Also bullys drool. The one you're going to dogsit for may not (be prepared any ways. It's hard to guess what she will be like because of being a mix. I personnaly would be nervous in your position. Even sometimes with bullys large size they have to compete over whos boss. But if shes only 80lb (My Roscoe is 117lb) It will be ok. bullmastiffs need alot of exercise and alot of affection. apparently they aren't that playful (according to this site) but mine is when he wants to be. You should suggest to the owner to buy a book on bulllmastiffs or search the web. Before I got mine I made sure I was 100% prepared. And if she insist she doesnt need to you could always just look them up on the web. Although what i've told you can't be all true. but have fun babysitting (when you do) Also with Bullmastiffs they need to be crate trained. But I don't know about the one you're babysitting.
thanks, i am a bit hesitant. i try not to judge a dog before i've met it but with certain breeds you just need to be careful. hell i've petsat for nasty labs and that is uncommon. they are not going away again until august so hoopefully by then they will have worked out any issues and she will be comfortable in her new surroundings and i can meet her a few times between then and now. yes they said she is very skinny but even being skinny she weighs 80 pounds. guess donuts didn't put much fat on her lol.
lol. THat's a good point about not judging a dog until you've met them. but you have another good point. Some dogs are just more aggresive. The labs you already petsit are they the nasty ones you mentioned? and what about the cats, are they friendly? Don't get me wrong I love cats, but I hate the ones that are shy and stay alone all day and when you go near them they run away. Growing up I always use to bring stray cats into the house (we found homes for them later) and they were the most friendly. But you getting to babysit a bullmastiff, i think thats sweet. Well for me it would be because i love bullmastiffs
Hi I'm new. My wife and I have dachsund ( Peanut), a black lab ( Buddy) and three cats ( Jazzie, Shadow and Ariel). We also have a little stray lizard in our house somewhere we have more or less adopted
c5 no the labs i currently sit for are sweet as could be. the cats are too. very friendly and people oriented. but i do sit for two siamese cats that are nasty !! the one cat niles sits by the door when i am trying to get in and lunges at me with his teeth bared and claws out. i always make sure the newspaper is between me and the cat in case he gets too close then WHACK !! his owner knows he is so bad and apologizes every time i come to take care of them. i told her the first times he ctually bites me will be my last visit there. it's one thing to get thru the door but then he will follow me around too and growl the whole time.
I have gamebred, American Pit Bull Terriers and a weight pull bred conformation female who is an indoor house Pit. I recently lost my BYB Boxer. I see there are a lot of other Boxers around now. Popularity boost. Had no idea. They are really good dogs. And lots of Pit Bulls owners too of course. Next one should be here fall of this year. http://a8.cpimg.com/image/5E/6E/32310878-169c-016A00FF-.jpg http://a3.cpimg.com/image/77/98/32312183-1cf2-00D800C0-.jpg http://a6.cpimg.com/image/7A/98/32312186-d356-00D400DD-.jpg
Minniyar A piebald Great Dane is almost all white body with black on the head. http://www.danesonline.com/litterbox42.htm The piebald pup is the one with the white body and black on head and tail. http://www.geocities.com/rhodensdanes/10-27-03_pinkie.jpg Here is a very good example of a piebald
lol sorry but thats pretty funny. It must be difficult to pet sit for them with the cat always attacking you. sorry about how on the last reply I had my reply and yours. I usually copy and paste yours onto mine so I can read it and have a better reply. I just forgot to erase it thats all but I did now. I think if we talk so much we should just start another topic and talk there so we won't be having a conversation in this topic of what kind of pets everyone has. but I'm leaving soon at like 12:30 so if your not on then wwe won't do that.
Truepits, you have some really good looking dogs. I was wondering if you have had a lot of experience with weight training. I wish there was some way I could post my pics of my dogs, but I don't know how.
My first german shorthaired pointer named Zack (5 years) was ran over on Christmas Day Now, I have a slightly old German Shorthaired dog named Storm (13 years). Also, if you look in the dissucion forum, you will find that I have put an ad up because I am interested in getting a german shorthaired pointer puppy.