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anyone have a bull or english mastiff?

my hubby and i would love to get either but were wondering if anyone knew which was the best for a fam with 3 kids 4 yo 9 yo and 12 yo?

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momofalltrades

Asked by momofalltrades at 9:27 PM on Jan. 30, 2011 in Pets

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  • I dont know, but those dogs are as big as reindeer! good luck
    beyondhopes

    Answer by beyondhopes at 9:29 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • My mother raised English Mastiffs for years. They are wonderful family pets, but I would highly recommend a male. The females tend to be flighty. Get him fixed when he is young and you will have a terrific new member of your family.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 9:29 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • They are very protective over the family.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • we have been reading up on them for a couple of months and are so undecided we love big dogs we have always had akitas but want to change breeds
    momofalltrades

    Comment by momofalltrades (original poster) at 9:36 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • They are both very different breeds. The Bull Mastiff is smaller then the English Mastiff. It weighs less, it's not as tall and it can have breathing issues because it's brachiocephalic (short nosed).

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bullmastiff.htm

    The English Mastiff is quite a bit larger then the Bull. They can weigh upwards of 220 pds, they are stubborn and protective.

    http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/mastiff.htm

    Do your research, talk to breeders and owners and DO NOT get your dog from a pet store.
    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 1:53 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • No matter what the breed, you would prefer a female because their mama bear instincts will come into play if anyone tried to hurt your family. Not saying males won't
    tnteaton

    Answer by tnteaton at 10:58 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

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