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Mastiffs aren't for everyone. People need to know they get BIG. So many surrenders come into rescue because the owners say they’ve gotten too big for their house. Mastiffs knock over kids, clear an entire coffee table with one tail wag, and slobber. If an adopter can't deal with these things, please don't adopt a Mastiff!
The Mastiff is part of the Working Dogs group — He enjoys activities such as tracking, carting, weight pulling, obedience, search and rescue and therapy work. While regular exercise will help keep the Mastiff in good shape, this is not an overly active breed and he can adapt quite well to a placid type of lifestyle.
The Mastiff is intelligent, eager to please, very sensitive and can also be quite stubborn. Training should be done in a positive manner at all times.
The Mastiff is very devoted and develops a strong bond with his family members, which in turn helps develop his protective instincts and he will protect his family and home wholeheartedly in a non-aggressive manner. Under most circumstances, his size and stance alone is enough to ward off an intruder.
From food to veterinary bills, to medication, to toys, to the size of the crate, to everything in between — Whatever the item, the Mastiff needs more of it than the average size dog. Therefore, the cost of owning a dog the size of a Mastiff is more expensive than owning a smaller breed.
The Mastiff, while naturally gentle and calm and known to be excellent with children, is not a recommended breed for the elderly, the disabled or for a family with very young children. He can very easily knock down anyone who is not steady on their feet or otherwise unintentionally cause injury.
While he can easily adapt to apartment life, the Mastiff does need to be able to move around and the best environment includes a house with a fenced back yard.
Bullmastiffs are loving, protective, loyal and very co-dependent on their humans for companionship. They are wonderful companions. They are NOT dogs to be left outside all day with minimal human contact.
Bullmastiffs are wonderful with children. They are gentle and quite tolerant, and love to lick faces. They will protect their children. However, children must be taught to respect and treat a dog with kindness. Bullmastiffs are large and powerful dogs and must ALWAYS be supervised with children. Their size alone can knock over children simply by running by, and their paws can knock them over or leave a scratch or bruise when they are just asking for attention.
Bullmastiffs slobber! Are you prepared to keep a slobber rag handy in each room of your house? Some drool more than others, and it depends more on the looseness of their flews, but all bullmastiffs drool to some degree. Slobber rags are an integral part of ownership and it is wise to hand them out to guests as they arrive.
Bullmastiffs snore, often loudly. He will want to sleep with you, as in “on the bed”, if you allow it. (not recommended) But if not ON the bed, then next to it, to watch over you as you sleep. They often roam the house at night, checking to see that everything is fine, before returning to your room to sleep. You will find a bullmastiff wants to be NEXT to you pretty much most of the time. You will be stepping over them to cook, to get off the couch, to get out of the bathroom, or out of the shower.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Mastiff puppy (or, gasp! find a Mastiff puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Mastiff puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Mastiff (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Mastiff puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Mastiff rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Mastiff adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Mastiff, even a Mastiff puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Mastiff puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Mastiff if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Mastiff would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Mastiff rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Mastiff you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Mastiff to their family!