My name's Kayla, and I've never owned a mastiff.
But I would love to add one to my family. I live in a pretty decent sized house and have two dobermans. I love my dobes, however, my fiance and I are thinking of adding to our pack. I wanted a low energy animal, considering the dobes are such high energy, and I love giant breeds, however I've never had one.
I know, it sounds like a bad idea. But, this is not a spur of the moment decision. We will not be buying it for a while, we only just discussed and decided that we wanted to add to our family and decided that a mastiff would work well for our lifestyle.
Since I'm just starting my look into breeders, I was wondering if you all would recommend someone. I understand that adopting would be great, but there are no mastiff adoptions within a couple hundred miles.
Basically what I'm asking for is a little insight. The ins and outs of everything from finding the right responsible breeder to the right food. We had a large puppy diet for the dobes, but I imagine the giant breed would perhaps need something more suited for its size.
Again, this is nothing we rushed into and have discussed this idea for almost a year. We will not be adding to our family for probably six months, or however long it takes to find a responsible breeder. I just want to learn, and be responsible about this. Any advice, any warnings, anything is appreciated.
I don't want to be one of those horrible people who says, "cute puppy!" and then runs to get in way over my head.