Jewels playing in the snow.
Mastiffs are wonderful companions. They are not dogs to be left outside chained to a doghouse or to be left alone in a fenced yard. They desperately need lots of human companionship to be properly socialized, trained, and “owned”. If your house is too small for a 150-230 lb. dog, then a Mastiff is not the dog for you. We have found that behavioral problems occur when a Mastiff is not a member of the family but is relegated to the backyard with only occasional human contact.
Mastiffs slobber, some more than others, but all do after they eat or drink. Are you prepared to wash your walls, ceilings, etc. after the slobber flies when they shake their heads? Slobber rags must always be handy in strategic locations all over the house. They always seem to drink when you are ready to walk out the door for work.
Mastiffs will snore and sometimes you think a train is going through the house. Are you a light sleeper or one that needs constant quiet to sleep? If so, consider another breed. They will want to keep you warm at night on the bed of course. If not on the bed, then they will want to sleep in the same room. They can be amazingly agile at 2:00 am!
Mastiffs are NOT guard dogs. They will protect their family more along the lines of a watch dog than guard dog. If your intent is to have a dog that is a guard dog then you must think about another breed. They will often bark and let intruders know they are not accepted. Once you accept the guest, chances are good that they will too. Their mere presence and bark will scare the bravest of burglars.
Mastiffs are wonderful dogs with children. They are very gentle and quite tolerant of ear and tail pulls, sitting on their backs (not a good idea), and they adore licking kid’s faces. They will protect their children. Of course, please make sure that you supervise and train your children to respect and treat the dog well. In rescue, we will not place a dog with a family with small children unless the dog has been raised with them in the previous home. The swinging tail of a Mastiff can knock a small child over. If you have very small children who are just learning to walk, you may want to wait until they are older before getting a Mastiff whether it’s a puppy or a rescue dog.
Mastiffs can be territorial dogs. They will protect their yard, house, car and family from people or dogs. They want it to be known that this is their yard. They are dogs that can be very good with other dogs and with cats as long as they have had good experiences with them. If you have an adult male dog already and you are getting a rescue, you might want to consider a female Mastiff and vice a versa. This is not to say that two males cannot get along but males especially have a tendency to want to dominate each other if they have been recently neutered.
5 Most Laid-back Dog Breeds
By vetstreet.com | Pets – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 9:28 AM EST
By Kristen Seymour
Do you prefer an evening in, snuggling on the couch and watching Turner and Hooch for the 60th time, to going out for a big night of dancing? Does your exercise come in the form of a nice, relaxing stroll? When it comes to canine companions, does just the idea of a dog who needs someone to run and play with him for hours on end exhaust you? If so, one of these five dog breeds might be your new best friend.
We asked 122 veterinary professionals for their opinions on which dog breeds they considered the most laid-back, and their five top choices are listed below. One important thing to keep in mind with all these dogs (and any others, for that matter): “Laid-back” does not equal “needs no stimulation.” All dogs need at least some level of exercise (mental and physical), not to mention some human interaction, and these breeds are no exception.
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Basset HoundNo. 5: Basset Hound
The good-natured Basset Hound is happy to cuddle on the couch with you, but he’s also a fan of long (but leisurely!) walks. But he’s one of the most talented dozers out there; after that long walk, don’t be surprised if he falls into a sleep so deep nothing but the smell of food will wake him for a few hours.
No. 4: Newfoundland
The Newfoundland is a member of the Working group and has a long history of serving on fishing boats in his native land, but this pup is perfectly happy spending his time chilling out indoors with his family. He’s no couch potato, though – he’s always up for a little activity. Maybe just not all the time like that other dog with a Canadian name.
BloodhoundNo. 3: Bloodhound
Sweet and lovable – but with a reputation for stubbornness – the Bloodhound might have the most recognizable bay in all of dogdom. This hound is a solid worker whose tracking abilities are nothing short of legendary. While he might display a laid-back attitude, don’t confuse that with laziness. He’s happy as long as he’s with his people and occupied, but if left to his own devices, he can easily become bored – and a bored Bloodhound is often a destructive one.
No. 2: Great Dane
The Great Dane is a loyal companion who loves nothing more than sharing the couch with you. That being said, his large size means that “sharing the couch” could equate to him sprawling out on the sofa while you perch on an armrest. As long as he gets a short walk each day, he’s generally calm enough for spaces you might consider too small for a dog of his magnitude. So, apartment dwellers, don’t be intimidated.
MastiffNo. 1: Mastiff
Another gentle giant, the Mastiff can weigh 200 or more pounds, but he’s a loving dog with a loyal and protective disposition. He’s powerful and somewhat stubborn but tends to be a sweet and quiet member of the household – although his flatulence has been known to clear a room in less than five seconds flat.
BKs Trinity whelped this litter on 5/09/14. The sire of these puppies is Sir King Leonidas. Trinity is from Mountain Valley Mastiffs out of CA. Her sire is Hogan Farley whose sire is “Conan” of the “Windfalls Kennel”. He has 8 best in shows and over 100 points in 2008. Her dam is Allie, Allie is from the Grepetti CH lines and is 31″ at the shoulders. Leo is a great family dog with a great personality. Leo’s dam, Harley, is from us and you can see her on the sold puppies page. Her dam is BK Mia Girl and her sire is KT Winston Von Bubba. These puppies will be great family dogs. They are $1000 for limited or “pet” registration or $1200 for full registration. Here is the fawn female.
BKs Trinity whelped this litter on 5/09/14. The sire of these puppies is Sir King Leonidas. Trinity is from Mountain Valley Mastiffs out of CA. Her sire is Hogan Farley whose sire is “Conan” of the “Windfalls Kennel”. He has 8 best in shows and over 100 points in 2008. Her dam is Allie, Allie is from the Grepetti CH lines and is 31″ at the shoulders. Leo is a great family dog with a great personality. Leo’s dam, Harley, is from us and you can see her on the sold puppies page. Her dam is BK Mia Girl and her sire is KT Winston Von Bubba. These puppies will be great family dogs. The puppies with collars are sold. They are $1000 for limited or “pet” registration or $1200 for full registration.