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Mastiff owners needed!!!

Discussion in 'General Dog Forum' started by Harry Good, Aug 1, 2018.

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  1. Harry Good

    Harry Good New Member Registered

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    Hi, I am looking into buying an English mastiff in which I have little experience in caring for. I have owned a dog before and I know how to take care of them and such but I was looking to get a little insight into the cost and care and things I need to know before I buy such a big dog. Any insight from a mastiff owner will help out a lot.
     
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    Best thing is to find a reputable breeder and ask them as many questions or contact the mastiff rescue society...
    You need to be aware the giant breeds have a shorter lifespan (usually)mastiffs can have trouble with hips and elbows and can suffer with bloat which is life threatening. ...
    Insurance is a must ....cant imagine how much ....and feeding a huge breed will be costly. ...many giant breeders feed their dogs raw ...i would definitely find a good breeder first ...good luck;)
     
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    All good points above. I would add that the parents should have a hip dysplasia score of less than 13.3 and elbow dysplasia of 0. At least one of the parents (both if you ever plan to stud) should be PRA clear.

    There are no tests for heart disease, cancer, or cherry eye but you should check if any have occurred in the breeding line.

    They don't generally make good 'pet' dogs because of their guardian instincts and strength - so if you have visitors, expect to micromanage visits and have an airlock system for unexpected callers. Unless you are very lucky, it's apparently not a type of dog you could expect to take to the park or down the local beer garden.
     
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    Also keep in mind this breed will need raised water bowls and feeding station and a raised bed ....
    Also have you got a vehicle large enough ...and definitely puppy socialising classes and if you need to use a dogwalker /sitter that will accommodate giant breeds as some around here wont take the giant breeds ...
     

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