I’m currently through with persuading my parents to let me get a puppy. I’ve done a LOT of research, and for all of you to know, we typically need these qualities in a dog: Protective (watchdog and guarding instincts) Loyal Trainable and smart Affectionate and good with family Low exercise Children aren’t really an issue as my brother who is 9, is very sensible and mature, even at his young age. After doing my research,I thought that I should lean towards one of the mastiff breeds, possibly, as they seemed fairly low energy with good instincts. On my list of prospective breeds, I have the Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff), Bullmastiff, and the Neapolitan Mastiff. The only issue with these breeds that don’t fit my needs I think is the trainability of them. I’ve never owned a dog before, and am fairly young to do so (under 18). I’m going to be the one giving training to the dog, and even though all three breeds above aren’t recommended for first time owners, I reckon I’m up for it. I mainly just need help confirming which breed really, as apparently the Dogue de Bordeaux, which was my first choice, needs up to an hour of exercise, which my family cannot meet. If anyone can suggest a good breed, looking at the desired characteristics and recommend a breed for me I would be really grateful !