Soo sorry to hear about this:( I have a 5 month old female english mastiff (got her because of learning how they are total gentle giants and mild mannered) she has been showing some aggression since she was 3 months old. It started with her attacking my sisters puppy of the same age while she was eating and the other puppy came over. Now she will snap at my 5 year old bullmastiff mix male like she is guarding either me or something else, sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere??? I am comfortable and not afraid of her little spats, when she does I make her lay on her side and tell her no. One time she growld at me for grabbing her by the scruf of the neck. What I wish I knew is if this is something inherited. She doesn't really like looking me in the eye much when im petting or playing with her, even when I try to encourage her to do so. I think she definately pushes my male around too. Any input?
This agression toward an older dog and toward an owner IS NOT typical behavior for a pup of any breed at that age. I would contact the breeder and return the pup ASAP.I have owned, bred, trained in obedience and therapy dogs and done rescue of Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs for over 30 years so I am speaking from experience. Mastiffs and Bullmastiffs are docile in nature and gentle with the other members of their famoly of all species. I have 5 Bullmastiffs, a Chihuahua, a Rat Terrier and 4 cats in my home and they share food, water, toys and sleep together peacefully.If you insist on keeping this pup you need the help of a qualified animal behaviorest/ obedience instructor and will face an on going challenge to control this dog thru out its life and the risk of it injuring/killing an other animal or a person. Are you willing to have that responsibility for such a long time???
All dogs can have their issues that we have to deal with as owners. That being said, any dog that is only a couple of months old is not a good thing, especially one that will be of the size of a mastiff. an agressive poodle and an agressive mastiff are two totally different beasts. personally, i do not like dogs that don't want to look me in the eyes. my dogs all adore people. I do have one that does not like other dogs on occasion. I do not breed her for this reason. but, i bottle raised her, she is spoiled, and she only shows animosity toward other dogs when my attention is the issue. It is still not a good trait, and breeding her is out of the question. get a handle on your 3 month old showing agression now, before it is too late, like with annabell, and unfortunatly there are times that there is nothing that can be done. if dogs could talk to us and tell us what was going on in their minds, there would be so much more we could do. breeders can not always explain why a dog is the way it is. there are many times the traits we see in our dogs can be seen in the parents as well. you may never know which, but find a good dog trainer now, and it would be advisable to consult your vet. good luck
I think it takes a little bit of insanity to breed dogs.
I am so sorry for your loss as I am going through the same thing right now. Your story sounds almost similar to mine. I bought my Male mastiff from a breeder in another state july of last year. He was born on 4-1-08. We started experiencing problems from the begining that we did not realize were going to be bigger issues. He starting attacking my much smaller 15 lb dog over food the kids dropped on the floor. At about 6 months of age he would growl and aggressive bite at the kids for trying to take food he wasnt supposed to have from him. He would snap and growl and other animals at the vets so bad that when we are there they have others use their back door so they don't have to pass sarge. He will physically grab the kids by their shirts when they are riding their bikes and pull them off. He attacks the quad literally foaming at the month anytime we are riding it. He chases my son and tries to pull him off his dirtbike when he is riding it. Then 3 months ago our house burned and we are still trying to get the isurance money to rebuild. I could not take my dogs with me where we are presently staying as they will not allow it. We built a 10 by 12 foot pen attached to our garage so the dogs can get in and out at will. We go to the house and feed and water them everyday. we let them out to run we lived on 2 acres, and play with the kids. He is since then becoming even more aggresive attacking our golden retriever who is 9 yrs old to the point of drawing blodd everytime we feed them. Then today he took off down the street after a girl riding a bike and nipped her in the side trying to drag her off her bike. We could possibly be facing some kind of problems now, but my biggest concern is I can see it in him and his actions that he is getting worse. I got 5 kids that range from 12 to 2 and I fear that he will turn on them at anytime and I am scared to death when I take them out there and he is out of the pen. We decided today for the safety of not only others but mostly our children we have no choice to put him down. I thought it was something I did and from him being away from us now. But after reading your story I realize he has been showing signs since he was a very young age. I bought him from a breeder in Kentucky. Could you please let me know what state you bought your mastiff from? If anyone knows what kind of other options I may have for him I would like to know. I know at this point we can not keep him, but I'm not comfortable giving the problem to someone else either with a dog of that size and potential danger. Can this behavior be reverse or is it truely bread into them by bad breeders.