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Anyone own a...?

English or Tibetan Mastiff?

If so what can you tell me about your experience with him or her?

How much did you pay?

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Mrs.Robey_4ever

Asked by Mrs.Robey_4ever at 11:20 PM on Sep. 18, 2010 in Pets

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  • not here. bump for you.
    sweetyazfl

    Answer by sweetyazfl at 2:35 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • English Mastiffs and Tibetan Mastiffs are two very, very, different breeds.

    English Mastiffs are large, working dogs. They can weigh upwards of 220 pounds. They aren't very active but need a firm, established owner so you don't get walked all over by the time the dog is an adult. You will need firm, consistent training and you will need to keep the training up the dogs entire life. You CAN NOT slack on the training because its hot, cold, wet, or snowy. He will need a good 60 minute walk at least twice a day....
    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 9:33 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • con't.

    .there isn't much grooming involved as they are a short coated dog but he will need regular baths...once every three months or so. He is not a dog to be left outside in a kennel, tied to a tree, a dog house or left to his own devices. He will find something to do if he mind isn't kept occupied and it will be something you won't like. If you find a reputable breeder, expect to be put on a waiting list...of up to a year. Expect lots of questions to be asked of you, like why you want an English Mastiff....what happens if you can't keep the dog, where you're going to keep it and if you have the budget for one. You can expect to pay anywhere from 1500 to 2000 dollars
    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 9:34 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Tibetan Mastiffs are a rare, large breed working dog. They are not the breed for everyone and most people who apply to a reputable breeder will be turned down. They are aloof dogs who will bond with one person and are leery of any other people that they don't like.

    There are two types of Tibetan Mastiffs, the Do-Khyi and the Tsang-Khyi. The Tsang-Khyi is larger, bigger boned and taller than the Do-Khyi. Males can reach a height of 31 inches from the withers (shoulders)...and reach weights of between 140 to 180 pds.

    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 9:44 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Because the Tibetan Mastiff is a flock guardian it is imperative that you instill early, consistent training into your daily routine. Leaving him outside all the time will not endear you to your neighbours they are nocturnal dogs that will pace and guard your property....IF you are not consistent with its training the dog will challenge you and eventually you will not be able to control him.

    Health issues are large in a TM. Especially if you go to a backyard breeder. Because they only breed once a year (they only come into heat once a year) you will be on a waiting list to purchase one. The same questions will be asked of you..but added in will be do you think you can handle a breed of this nature.

    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 9:46 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Again, expect to pay upwards of 1500 to 2000 dollars.

    Neither dog is a dog for apartment living, people who don't command a presence and people who can't afford to care for a dog properly.

    Neither dog is a dog for someone who is a first time dog owner, or someone who won't or doesn't take the time to train a dog. Neither dog is the dog for someone who wants a dog for status symbols or just because they saw one on television.

    Do your research, talk to breeders, handlers and go to dog shows ( you are not likely to see a Tibetan Mastiff at a show, but you might get lucky) speak to the people who own them, and sit down and ask yourself if you really have the time, money, dedication and mental fortitude to own a dog of their size and temperament.
    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 9:49 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • i dont here's a bump
    mekarevell

    Answer by mekarevell at 6:53 AM on Sep. 20, 2010

  • Well, I cannot answer any better then Acid did. Great job!

    I have owned 2 English Mastiffs and while they are fantastic dogs, they are a lot of work. It is IMPERATIVE that you socialize them daily and I also suggest some professional dog / people training for these large dogs. While they are generally not aggressive, they are very large and can easily knock people over, drag you down the street, and scare the crap out of people.

    Good Luck!
    Roadfamily6now

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 1:45 PM on Sep. 20, 2010

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