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Any opinion on an "American Mastiff" as a family/guard dog? good? bad?

 
Shaun
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I myself was a German Shepherd fan. I got American 3 years ago and i been happier since. This by far the best dog I have ever own.
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I have an American Mastiff, she is 2.5 years old and probably the best dog I've ever had. She eats alot, she belches and slobbers, she likes to go for several short walks a day. While I would not call her a guard dog, she does not like strangers approaching the house and is very protective of my children and myself. She plays nicely with all of the neighborhood children. While she is huge, 140 lbs, she thinks she is a lapdog. She is wonderful. I would not say get one of these wonderful animals as a guard dog, but as a pet that is intimidating to others due to sheer size!
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Awesome dogs grew up with one they are beautiful but extremely strong mine used to play with bowling balls do not underestimate them they are hard for most kids and women to walk and if the get excited they will knock smaller weaker people over, but they are sweet and have great personalities.
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Oh also she was an English mastiff not american.
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I have two and as far as guard dogs they only thing scary about them is size they are the biggest wimps on the planet!
About the worst they would do is lick you to death right after knocking you down and scaring the shit out of you.

As for family dogs they are OUTSTANDING! Low maintenance, low exercise, mellow and loves everything.

The difference in the American and the English is the lack of drool so BONUS POINTS!!!!!
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Maybe a bull mastiff would be better for a guard dog or a doberman or German Shepherd? Mastiffs are also extremely expensive dogs to buy and own.
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My brother had a mastiff and I was in his house for about 6 weeks. You really have to like a BIG dog...had to watch that he wouldn't knock into little children and my elderly mom. In tight places it is difficult because they are so bulky. They are very friendly, only the size is a deterrent as a guard dog. The very BIGGEST issue that I don't think anyone is prepared for, is the SLOBBERING. This slobber is dripping out of their mouth all the time, 6 inch slimes...you pet them it's on your hands. They rub up against you ...it's on your clothes. They shake their head...it is now airborne and flies across the room to hit furniture or person. Seriously, this is a BIG issue. I have had many dogs but I have never seen anything like this. The slobber would be my decision factor...can you put up with it?
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Super smart and protective. My dad has a mastiff. he was once surrounded by four snarling dogs and screamed for his dog. he came running and tore the other dogs up. He would do anything to protect. great family dogs, and teachable.
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Similar situation with a boxer female. Never hurt a sole but ugly as hell when she barked at the postman and scared the pants off of him. One day a weird stray dog came into the yard and as soon as she sensed my sense of danger and I called her name, she drove the dog off the property. The children could maul her and she never whimpered or growled. Most perceptive dog I ever had. But she would have killed a squirrel or a cat if she had the chance -- her previous owner encouraged that though, otherwise a very gentle, but ugly scary soul.
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I have two English Mastiffs. One is !0 yrs old and is still doing ok She weighs about 170lbs. She doesn't do much any more but lay around and never was a good watch dog. She has been a wonderful pet. My 3 yr old mastiff is slim and active she is no where near as large as the 10 yr old. weighs about 125. This is a much better size as she can run and play no joint problems...she is a good watch dog and will bark loudly at strangers. The old one never meets a stranger. The two of them have very diff personalities. Both are good dogs tho.
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Last Edited by Gotha on 06/15/2013 08:54 AM
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Re: Any opinion on an "American Mastiff" as a family/guard dog? good? bad?
awesome dogs, short life span around 7-9 years, awesome dogs but I don't think they have a mean bone in their huge bodies.

Rodesian Ridgeback if you are looking for a good size dog (80 lbs) that are great dogs but also would kick ass if you needed protection.

beautiful as well. There were breed to fight lions and tigers in Africa, and they don't seem to be scared of much.
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^^^THIS^^^

i've never owned a Rhodie but have been around them where they are used as guard dogs.

Sweet and gentle until they think there is an intruder.

Watchout!
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Re: Any opinion on an "American Mastiff" as a family/guard dog? good? bad?
awesome dogs, short life span around 7-9 years, awesome dogs but I don't think they have a mean bone in their huge bodies.

Rodesian Ridgeback if you are looking for a good size dog (80 lbs) that are great dogs but also would kick ass if you needed protection.

beautiful as well. There were breed to fight lions and tigers in Africa, and they don't seem to be scared of much.
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^^^THIS^^^

i've never owned a Rhodie but have been around them where they are used as guard dogs.

Sweet and gentle until they think there is an intruder.

Watchout!
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In Jamaica anyone with anything to protect has at least 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
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Im thinking of getting an American Mastiff or 2 as guard dogs (and as pets). any opinions on that? thanks glp!
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get yourself a turkish kangol.. best guard dogs ever..
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Get a catkitty
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Mastiff just killed a firefighter today! Evil lame dogs. Avoid!
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Mastiff killed a five year old boy that had survived the Moore OK tornado just this past week...I wouldn't get one. Very sad to hear about that sweet little boy. Prayers and love to his family.
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Re: Any opinion on an "American Mastiff" as a family/guard dog? good? bad?
Stay away from American Mastiffs as they are temperamental. Somehow this happened when trying to make a dry mouth mastiff.

Get a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff). Of the bully breeds I've owned they are BY FAR the best. Best breeder I've encountered are these folks out of New Mexico:

[link to www.abouttimecanecorso.com]

ONLY get a female from them as the male line is overly aggressive. Also, females make better companions and are actually more protective of their families (there is a difference between aggression and protection). The females are also smarter. Try to get one from their bitches Chinga or Chaos. I've met both dogs and they are absolutely stunning, loving and powerful.

A good female Corso weighs about 100 pounds. This doesn't sound like much until you see them move - my Sophie was clocked at 37 mph. She was the most explosively powerful dog I've ever witnessed. A random dog in the woods attacked us when we were in the woods (don't know who the owner was). She thought I was in danger and In a split second she snapped her jaws. That 70# shepherd mix was torn open down to the muscle from its left shoulder across to its upper neck. Killed almost instantly.

When not being a protective killing machine, she would be by my side "The Sophie 5-foot rule!" at all times. To my family and friends she was the sweetest, most loving animal I've ever witnessed. She would even sense when I was cold or upset and would cuddle right up with me to make me feel better. Brings a tear to my eye writing about her because I miss her very much. Really fantastic breed.

If you want a dog that doesn't look as "mean", take a good hard look at Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They are fantastic animals. They were also bred for hunting lions. You don't want to mess with a family living with a Ridgeback. They have very stable temperaments as well.
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Re: Any opinion on an "American Mastiff" as a family/guard dog? good? bad?
OP,

The American Mastiff might be a good choice of dog and the breed is not as heavy or jowly as the English Mastiff, the breed was crossed with the Anatolian Mastiff, which created a healthier dog.

You must consider the AKC does not recognize this relatively new breed and you must consider that the Anatolian Shepherd the English Mastiff was crossed and their temperaments are quite different. My avatar is my rough coat Anatolian Shepherd who has to be “introduced” to each new person and does not tolerate other dogs so you might wish to do some research on both breeds.

If you have the time to devote to training and socializing the American Mastiff, it might be the breed for you, however as an owner of an Anatolian Shepherd I do not recommend the breed to a novice dog owner.

American Mastiff
[link to www.dogbreedinfo.com]

American Mastiff
[link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)]

THE ENGLISH MASTIFF VS THE 'AMERICAN' MASTIFF
[link to mastiff.org]

Anatolian Shepherd Dog
[link to www.dogbreedinfo.com]

Anatolian Shepherd Dog
[link to www.allaboutturkey.com]

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