A dogs size has nothing to do with its intelligance orworking ability. Its all about picking the right dog for the right job weather it be hunting, guarding, personal protection or tracking. In the case of guarding a big dog will scare off most would be bad guys because in most peoples minds the bigger the dog the more damage it can do. If you already have the pup I would look for a trainer in your area doing schutzhund, french ring or psa so you can get a good base for your dogs training.
Dogs are great companions and very loyal.If he wants to really hurt you I wouldnt rely on just a dog.My chihuahua is a great alarm.He lets no one near without me knowing it.He could even distract enough for me to arm myself and fire.I have had shepards and mutts and all serve a purpose.They all can be defeated though.
My experience with that breed has been is limited to a couple of rather unpleasant encounters as I performed the duties of my job. An adult mastiff is a huge dog and one that will need a strong hand to control it. You may need to consider liability considerations that come with owning such a large and potentially dangerous dog.
Originally Posted by hemmigremmie
In addition to that, you're going to have a lot of dog food to buy, and don't forget that what goes in one end eventually comes out the other.
I read your post and i understand that you would like to get a dog to protect the family, however please let me worn you as i have been in dogs for over 30 years, with training, showing, grooming, behavior work etc, everything about dogs, and you should not get a puppy until it is at least 10 weeks of age, you were saying getting at 6 weeks that tells me it is not the same type of person as i or my husband and the people i deal with, caution you to not to go to a puppy barn, type or back yard, someone that breeds to show but also breeds for the better of the breed and not for money, please let me ask you this one question and i will know right away what type of person you are getting this puppy and you can e-mail directly to my Kennel e-mail which is LIRAY5@aol.com
I would like to ask you a few things and the reason is because i want to help you make the right decision, just because you buy from something like a breeder who shows that does not mean you have to show it because not every puppy turns out but you will know what you are getting.
also understand that you will have to put alot of work into this dog starting at a young age but a puppy should not be taken from mom at 6 weeks old that is way to young the youngest age would be 8 weeks and we do not even do that we wait until at least 10 weeks.
are you aware that giant breeds only live until they are 8 or 9 years of age?
you do know other breeds not so big that you can get that are more the capable of protecting your family it is not always about size.
please i am only trying to help you and your family, and not even charge you for it because just from what you said it sounds like this has not really been thought about and please do not get mad at me for saying this i am only trying to help you and your family,
BY THE WAY I THINK THEY ARE A GREAT DOG! getting them from the right people.
as a long time person of being around and working with dogs for over 30 years and every breed I am trying to help you.
again my personal kennel e-mail is LIRAY5@aol.com and from there i will even give you my phone number
Lisa Stetz- LIRAY Kennels
I would hope after 2 years this persons decision was made already....
A neighbor across the street from us had one.. a male. He was one of the best and even tempered dogs I have ever seen. Friendly to a fault, loving, and just a joy to be around. He came in at over 190 pounds. They had to have him put down last year and they invited us over to say our good byes. That was a sad day. He was a wonderful pet to have around.
what do you mean after 2 years? not sure what that means because it sounds like they have not gotten the puppy yet?
Lisa- LIRAY Kennels
The initial post asking about advice was posted nov 2008 that's all I meant.
Probably because the original post was made in November, 2008.
Originally Posted by LStetz
i am so sorry this happened to you, this was not a dog from a very good breeder, and people tend to forget that even though we bring them into our home and they become a member of the family, They are still animals! i was reminded of that one day and i have been doing this for over 30 years, i hope this experience did not change your idea of dogs, if you have any thing you would like to ask me off list here is my Kennel e-mail as i still use it even though i just start to retire out of force
Lisa- LIRAY Kennels - LIRAY5@aol.com
i did not catch that, thanks for letting me know, these forums are a bit diffrent then the ones i use, so i am trying to get used to them
Whatever you do, get this big guy to obedience school. Don't SEND him, TAKE him. All dogs need obedience training, but the larger breeds simply require it. Money and time well spent.
My wife and I have had two Doberman Pinschers. People are afraid of them because of their regal, intimidation appearance. They are wonderful dogs but require a firm, consistent hand and a lot of training as does any dog. Not a dog for beginners. I recently advised a colleague of mine against getting one as he has not owned a dog before. We now have a Bouvier des Flandres (along with the Doberman) which is a high maintenance animal as well. Very protective and territorial.
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