Actually, a mastiff, although one of the giant breeds, is quite a couch potato. I know someone with a mastiff, and the biggest problem she has is, when he's laying on the floor, there is practically no room to walk around him!
Just be aware that they are prone to bloat, cancer and hip dyslpasia, they are not heat tolerant, and they are a very short-lived breed.
Well, wouldn't be a good dog for me-I'd be tripping over it all the time in my small house! But they actually don't run around nearly as much as a lot of the small-medium size dogs. So yes, lots of room would be nice, just so he could stretch out, and you could still walk around the house! But it's not like he would need room to run around, although a nice sized yard would be a good idea. It's not that they don't need exercise-they just don't necessarily WANT to exercise! At least, that's how her dog is!
Dana, sometimes the size is deceptive to the needs of indoor accommodations. I have 3 Pyrs, also a mastiff breed. Our house is a normal 3 bedroom sized house. My previous dog was a Lab/Dane mix. He also did well in the house.
Most of the time, they are more breathing "rugs" than anything else. We DO have bursts of physical activity, but remember I have THREE of them.
You are right in the fact that they need proper exercise and companionship, but don't let the size fool ya'!
you are joking right.....thats like asking a horse to live in a apartment....I remember my 120 lb Shep in a 700 sq ft rental....thank goodness for the huge fenced in back yard! lets just say our xmas trees always took a tumble lol all my furniture was alwas dusted (big tail wap wap) D
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A dog doesn't care where you live, they care about the treatment they get! I had a huge shepherd in a tiny apartment but she was well exercised and loved, when we moved to a house and she had full access to the yard she would simply go out there to pee and come in back to bed. Some large breeds are actually better for apartments because they don't require the exercise that some smaller dogs do! It's a matter of what will suit your lifestyle not your type of house. Great Danes are known as one of the best apartment dogs out there!!!!
Ditto to Pyrmom..... It is a matter of individual breed, size is at times, only an inconvenience for you. If the dog is cared for played with, excercised, etc. Many large breeds do just as well, if not better than many small breeds. It is a matter of if she is willing to 'high step' over them to get by, lol.