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Re: Leipzig 2008!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:46 pm
by Kitsune
Sorry, Ragnar, I should have specified...

I want one dog, a purebred Irish Setter. A nice medium sized loyal dog, that tends to enjoy the hunt.

My husband wants a litter of Neopolitan Bullmastives, apparently the biggest dogs alive. Serious, each 50 lbs "puppy" grows up to be what my husband calls a "real dog", whitch weigh on average 250 lbs each... but has no problem reaching 300 or more! :roll:

Me, so long as I have a cat or two, who like cuddling on my lap whist I read (not while I write... they of course have to sit on your hands, or help you type if they do that... :lol: ) I'm happy. I love medium sized dogs... you know 40 - 80 lbs full-grown. But when the puppy starts off that size and has droolers... well, the only reason we don't have one yet is that we don't have a backyard.

Re: Leipzig 2008!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:09 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
Just be careful of Mastiffs of any variation. Although generally mild-mannered, they have a higher-than-usual history of their skulls growing too small for their brains. All of a sudden - and I mean without any precursors - a happy child-friendly dog is mauling a child or adult, or a cow. Their brains get pinched, and they go crazy. This is a risk for all large dogs, but mastiffs... Every mastiff I've known has tweaked, and has ended up being put down because it attacked someone, and all of them were from happy and often child-free homes.

Re: Leipzig 2008!

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:22 pm
by Kitsune
I just checked with Grimwell, who was actually friends with one of the Canadian Breeders a few years back. He says that he did ask her about that problem, and that although Neo-politan Bullmastiffs are called Mastiffs they have an awful lot of Great Dane in their Heritage (That's why they're the biggest breed of mastiff). Apparently Great Danes suffer from having a skull a bit too big for their brains, which can make them rather stupid... and the Neo-Politan Bullmastiffs take after their Great Dane Heritage for head problems. :lol:

Thank you for letting me know though, Crazy... I must admit, I didn't know that regular mastiffs had that problem. I'll have to do a lot of research on them before we get one anyways, since not only do I want a reputable breeder, but I also like knowing exactly what health issues are likely to come up and what personality they tend to have, so that I know what to expect. I'll make certain that when I find a breeder I'll check with them as well about it.

Thank you for letting me know another idea of what to watch out for.

Re: Leipzig 2008!

Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:19 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
Hey no problem! I've just had bad experiences - but up until the "going crazy" part, the dogs gave always been sweet :)