The mastiffs are beautiful! The baby pics melted my heart.
All the mastiffs I have seen always were so gentle. I would love to get one but living close to a school yard I bet the parents would have plenty to say. Sadly the kids are horrible to my dogs to the point that I have to tie them up AND sit out there to keep an eye AND still tell them to leave the dogs alone. I bet with a mastiff they wouldn't go near the property-LOL!
About two years ago (my son was four), we decided to take "Tank" for a walk. we got down to the end of the walkway and got about two houses down, when the dog from across the street hit the screen door so hard that it popped right open. This is no little dog mind you, I think it is a pyrenees mix. He came running at us and my only thought was get my son off the ground, while still maintaining control of my dog! He came over and was just barking like crazy, but Tank didn't make one single sound. He simply kept himself between my son and I, and the dog. Finally when the dog did make a jump at us all he did was bark and snap and thats all it took for the other dog to take off back to his home.
this all happened in about 15 seconds and this dog wasn't even scared of me, but somehow he knew that Tank meant business!
We then resumed our walk and had a great time of it.
I had always heard that mastiffs are great at protecting, but never believed it by my dog. He's just too darn hapy go lucky. After that, though, I will never again doubt him.
beagle /basset, i actually do live close to a school. Its at the end of my block. Although mine don't go into the front yard, i've noticed a serious diminishing in the vandalism on my street!lol
Sadly enough, the last place we lived in had a couple of neighbor kids that their mom told me my dog was being aggressive to their kids. After profusely apologizing to her, i decided to watch him when they got home so I could see for myself what was going on. It turns out that when they walked by they were picking up branches and plastic bottles and throwing them at him. I went outside and actually caught one of them. I took him home to his mother and explained what i had seen. I also made sure she understood the danger in the childs actions, as well as the possible legal ramifications. When I was through, she actually grounded him for like a week and he was to come over every weekend and do poop patrol.
I was able to talk to him a couple of times and educate him as well and he actually became a good friend of my sons.
Here is an excerpt from a website of a breeder that I am considering:
In general, Mastiffs do not bark a lot. They often seem totally oblivious to what is going on around them, however they are in fact paying close attention to what is normal and what is not. When they perceive something not quite right, they will sit up at attention to check things out. They may bark if they hear a strange sound from outside, or if a stranger comes to the door. Once you accept the stranger or guest however, your Mastiff will as well. If your Mastiff is apprehensive about somebody, there may be a good reason for it that your dog has a sixth sense for. Mastiffs are not guard dogs in a pure sense, but they do pay attention to their surroundings. When let outside, they will often go on a perimeter journey around the yard to make sure everything is OK. They become somewhat territorial, and protective of their family and home.
Mastiffs are excellent dogs around children, and seem to have a special sense of the fragile nature of small children. They are very tolerant of the abuse that small children can inflict upon them, including pulling their ears, sitting on them, tugging at the tails, etc.; and they love to lick the faces of children. They will become protective of children in the house; often wanting to place themselves between children and strangers that may come to the house. They will never intentionally hurt a child, but because of their size you do need to be careful with small children that may get bumped by a Mastiff walking by, or swatted by a Mastiff’s wagging tail.