I am looking at a cross doberman/mastiff puppies tonight - what should I look for and what should I expect from this breed mix? I looked on the internet and can't find anything. Anyone seen/had/heard of such a thing? Thanks!
I can't imagine that would be a mean or unpredictable breed. Both are known to be loving and good with families. Follow wandering's advice. Research both breeds to see what the dog will be like. A mix is not guaranteed to act in a certain way.
I was looking up information on this mix because I have a Brazilian Mastiff/Doberman puppy. She is very sweet and has become extremely attached to me. She follows me around the house and cries when she can't find me. I've read about Mastiffs and she acts just like the descriptions. Hides from or barks at new people but will accept them as long as she sees I'm comfortable with them. She is also great with her 2 playmates, a full breed boxer and a lab mix. I hope this helps.
Probably a very late reply but I have 2 Doberman Mastif cross breed dogs, they are great temperament and have no issues with them around my 3yr and 4yr children.
They both look like their father the Doberman but are larger in height by about 2 inches and more stocky in body size and heavier by about 10kg... they weigh in around 42kg.
Basically a very much heavier and muscular Doberman.
The cross breed came about by accident as my male Doberman go to the female English Bull Mastif about 3 days into season and the rest is history.
I kept 2 of the 8 puppies, both of them are male, and sold the rest to friends of the family, they are just over 2 years old now.
My kids will play with them and stick fingers in the nose and mouth and generally pull them around but they don't mind one bit.
While the positives are they are big, gentle considering their size with my small children, and really let strangers know not to come near my house, the negatives are they don't like my other dogs - essentially their half brothers - the pure breed Dobermans.
I have to keep them all separate as other wise its world war 3 in the yard.
But that said if you were thinking of getting a mix of the two breeds then take the usual precautions ... make sure theres no interbreeding in the pure breed blood line and if you are making it the only family dog then you should have many years of enjoyment ... but as I said above if your looking to make the dog an addition to the other dogs you may already have then I would say don't do it as you will get problems down the line as they don't tend to play nice with other breeds in the house and remember at 42kgs (85lbs plus...) they are a big lump of muscle fur and teeth to step in between them fighting another dog as they have both the Doberman and Mastif mentality of never backing down.