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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.

Thanks y'all!
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Date:February 12th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
From my experience, adult Bullmastiffs are very mellow and relatively low energy. Our puppy is another story entirely (she's a year and a half, and still totally crazy most of the time, even with hours of walks). Depending on whether you're attached to getting a puppy, I would look into adopting an older dog. With our two older bullmastifs (one who passed on, bless her, and our current lady), that is what we did - we adopted retired showdogs from the breeder, and they have been well behaved and wonderful.

I hope you find someone perfect to add to your family! :)
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Date:February 12th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I adopted Bruiser, my Mastiff when he was three and he's a gem. Mastiff pups are extremely mellow and "lazy" from what I'm told and not much different as adults. I have an 8 acre ranch and he's content with never leaving the property other than for car rides. Though you may want to invest in a raggity couch or an old crib mattress for him to sleep on LOL!
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