Linda B: Is Bullmastiff's a good dog breed to have with children?
My husband and I are planning on purchasing a Bullmastiff. We have 3 children, ages 3,4 & 13. We did a little research and what we read about this breed seems to be what we want in a dog. We had to give a Rottweiler to a rescue because of aggressive behavior towards us and the kids. I ordered him from a breeder from out of state and it was a big mistake. It was our second pup from him, the first pup died from parvo and this one was very aggressive.
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A lot of people tell us to get a Lab or Golden Retriever, but my husband has his heart set on a Bullmastiff. The information on them seems that they are a good dog with children, but then other people think we're crazy for wanting this kind of dog. I know any dog you really have to watch with children, but I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with aggression with these type of dogs?
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Answer by mrskolar1457
Mastiffs are great dogs. They have often been referred to as "gentle giants". I have owned 2 English mastiffs and have loved them. My first was a female and she was very protective of my sister and I when we were younge.
A bull mastiff has a shorter frame and is stockier. An English mastiff is much taller with a leaner frame.
Something to know about mastiffs is that they want to be with their masters and love nothing better than to rest by your feet and aim to please. They are quick to potty train as well. Mastiffs are very intelligent.
They do like to play, but most of the time you will see them lounging. They do best as inside dogs, despite their size. The only thing you should worry about, is that they do like to chew and have a tendancy to dig.
Other than that, they are once of the best family dogs you will ever own.
Answer by Jenny
I don't think that that will be a good match, if for no other reason, than simply their size. You have some pretty small children that will probably get knocked around pretty easily by a puppy, not to mention a large one like a bull mastiff. You also have to consider that children cannot determine or understand the difference between real live animals and stuffed animals/toys until about 5 years old. For this reason, they tend to play a little rougher with dogs, pulling ears and poking and grabbing them. They simply cannot distinguish the difference yet. I personally would much rather have a child poke a small dog like a beagle or even a medium sized one like a smaller lab than a gigantic dog like a mastiff. What if your child pokes the dog and the mastiff decided he wants to play by jumping or nipping. Could have a dangerous situation on your hands. Not to mention that a dog that size will require very serious, structured training in order to insure that they don't become unruly as adults due to their size and strength. With two little ones, this might be hard to accomplish in your house.
I think an adult small or medium sized dog would be best for you. They will already most likely be housebroken and will respond much better to toddlers' poking and pulling at them. A Lab would be great, as would a beagle, or even a boxer.
Answer by Michelle
I have a 15 month old and she has been around my adult male bullmastiff since the time she was born. Although he did accidentally knock her over occassionally he is the most gentle caring dog I have met! Bullmastiffs are great with kids!
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