my husband and i will be ready to welcome a dog into our home some time in the early summer. we have been researching dogs for about a year and have narrowed it down to 3: dogue de bordeaux, bullmastiff and the mastiff.
i am looking for suggestions on how to spend some time with these three dogs to narrow it down. we live in maine and don't often have dog shows here, but will be going to one in mass next month. i have contacted one of the local dog clubs and the president (who was extremly helpful) but didn't know anyone with one of these three.
anyone from maine or nh that would let us meet your dog?
I'm sorry to say that I don't live in your area but I do own an Ultimate mastiff (a french and neapolitan mix) and can tell you they are wonderfully smart, quick learners, and VERY loyal. My pup is 9 weeks old and is nearly house trained and sits on command. He is also very playful and responds to "no" wonderfully.
I own a bullmastiff and she is absolutely wonderful! The personalities of these types of breeds greatly depends upon how they are raised and how well they are socialized. You are very right in wanting to spend time with each breed, because you may not like them once you actually meet with them. However, with that said, each dog has their own personality to contend with, so you really never know. As far as spending time with breeders in your area, you might want to look at each breeds' individual website and try to find breeders that are listed on it. I know that the ABA (American Bullmastiff Association) site has wonderful breeders who are always helpful. This may not be very helpful, but it is the best that I can do - sorry :( PS - I think that it is great that you are doing research and checking before you get a dog/puppy. There are WAY too many dogs that end up in shelters because their owners didn't do enough research. Thanks.
one word ..... DROOL !!!!!!! to me that would be the biggest drawback to any of the three breeds. if you dont mind wiping your walls down daily, floors, furniture etc. than i think any of the three you would like. the few dogues i have met have been great dogs. i prefer the english mastiff to the bull mastiff personally, particularily in looks. i think the english mastiff has a better temperament overall than the bull. good luck in your search.
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I own 2 Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff). They are wonderful, I absolutely recommend them. They are intelligent, comical and very, very loyal.
As far as the drool goes, some drool more than others. My male doesn't, but my female does.
They are a dominant breed so they need to know early on who the boss is. They are great with kids but need to be socialized, bringing them to parks, schoolyards and shopping areas as a puppy and beyond is recommended.
What breeder did you decide on? Are the parents health screened? Are they open to you visiting and meeting the parents before you pick up your new puppy?
Let us know your decision and good luck to you whichever breed you choose.
One more thing, all three breeds think they are lap dogs so be prepared for that. And if you do choose a DDB just remember that they will turn thier heads when asked for a kiss (LOL), they do what I call a mush which is almost like a people kiss without the sound effects.
The other two, English & Bull will kiss your whole face whether you want it or not.
Thank you all for the advice. Personally, i'm leaning towards the bordeaux, but my husband is more towards the mastiff. As far as the drool...I don't mind at all, but my husband is a little leary. I was wondering which of the 3 drool least.
Could someone please speak to the dominance issue. I was planning on starting puppy kindergarten right away and then training classes and socialization, is that enough to begin to establish dominance. I'm going to be picking a book up on being the pack leader/alpha female in my case. we don't have kids now but will have them in the future, will that be a problem?
My previous dog was from the humane society. Got him in while in hs and we just lost him about 2 years ago now (14yrsold). He was a super dog but had some real issues with seperation anxiety. While in the future I will definately want to adopt rescued dogs, I want to see if it makes a difference with regard to the SA to go with a breeder.
The best dog I ever owned was a English Mastiff. He was fantastic. He was such a big, loving boy and he cared deeply for my children. When on walks, he would get ahead of my 3 year old (who would start to run ahead) and block her from going any farther until we caught up. Once, while camping, my husband took Zeus on a walk and Zeus blocked my husband from going down a specific path. When my husband stopped to listen, he heard growling in the brush ahead.
Sad to say, Zeus got terribly ill and was not able to recover. We recently purchased an english/neo mix and she is great. I love the mastiff breed because they are intimidating to look at, they are very protective of their family but they are also truly gentle giants.
I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming purchase and whichever mastiff breed you decide upon, I am sure you will be thrilled.