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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Sorry, you have 'had' a great Dane cross or you looked after one temporarily? I thought from your initial post that you had only had the staffy pup and the rescue dog. And I appreciate your honesty, but admit that my clearly somewhat suspicious reaction to your posts does stem from the fact that you have given up on two dogs before. Good intentions are not enough, the proof is in the pudding.

    And I didn't say that every large/giant dog will get health problems. But if they do they may cost you as much as a deposit for a small house would.

    If you are determined to do right by your dog, get an 'easy' dog. It is not because you like big dogs best that you absolutely need to get one.
    Yes, she was my partners dog (Dane x Staghound), who I looked after for quite a few months, then she was passed onto me. I was sharing a house at the time, and the owner who lived in the house with me let me keep her for a few months. LONG story short, she said she didn't want ANY dogs at her house, so I'd had to pass her on yet again. The Staffy I had whilst in my unit that I moved into after the preceding house where I had the Dane x. She was 18 months and I held onto her for 3 months until I felt that keeping her in a unit was completely unfair to a dog who was used to having a yard for most of her life. So for the benefit of the dog, I passed her onto the father and daughter I spoke of previously who had an enormous yard and another Staffy for her to play with. I wasn't going to get another dog after that until I moved to a house with a yard for a dog to play in, but my neighbour kept asking me when I was going to get another dog and he'd also went asked my landlord (without my asking) if she felt it was fine for me to get another dog. So I went to a rescue centre, with no serious intention to adopt then and there, only to look and think about my options and see what they had, and as soon as I got there I was asked what I was looking for (which I replied saying I wasn't actively looking, but thinking about it still) and she asked me about my living situation etc and said that 'Lenny' would be perfect for me and that he'd been at the centre for a very long time. So after meeting he and his sister, I went away and thought about it for a while, spoke to my landlord, and made the decision to give Lenny a new home... Well everything they said about Lenny was NOT what he was like when I brought him home. He was a different dog all together from the quiet, relaxed, people friendly dog that I'd met at the centre. As you'd read in my previous posts, the chewing and digging stressed me out and my anxiety levels hit the roof. If I'd owned the unit, I wouldn't've cared anywhere near as much and dealt with the situation in time, but because I was renting, I was increasingly worried about further destruction of the property. One day, Lenny was in the backseat of my car whilst I was driving, and I was getting close to the end of my 10 day cooling off period with him, I was pretty stressed out about everything that had happened in the last 8 days, and was on my way to take him for a swim. I heard this noise behind me and took a quick glance and saw him half way through tearing a piece off of the passenger arm rest. That pretty much hit the nail on the head for me and hence the reason why I took him back to the centre. The centre changed the description on his photo stating that he was "NOT" to be left alone and needed the company of other dogs... When I went to see him for the first time before I adopted him, they said he'd be fine on his own whilst I was at work.... He was adopted about a week and a half later and hasn't been back.

    And that pretty much explains my lack of luck with dogs... BUT... I'm moving out of the unit and into a house that has an ENORMOUS yard with pet friendly plants, an older dog, a cat, birds, and two owners who are absolute animal lovers! Hence why I'm asking about another dog.

    Definitely looking at a Bull Arab at the moment... Someone has pups ready in 3 weeks - Bull Arab x Dane x. I'll be taking a look at them in 2 days. OTHERWISE, and if there's any left, someone has Mastiff x Dane's (only 2 left), and if not that well then there'll always be plenty of dogs to choose from puppy or rescue!

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    I half expected an angry reaction to my last post. I'm sorry I have been so suspicious, but there are simply so many people who give up on their dogs, some for good reasons, some for crap reasons, that I just felt the need to try and really make you think about what you can and can't deal with in the next 10-15 years of a dog's life.

    The place you are moving to sounds great. Though the importance of the size of a backyard is vastly overrated. Most dogs will only use a small area when left on their own.

    The most stressful times for any dog owner, apart from dealing with illness and vet costs, is when you have to find a rental with a dog. That is how most dogs end up in the pound or if they're lucky in rescue. It may be easier up there (I just expect people to be more laid back in that climate!) but down here it was a bit of a nightmare. I found myself homeless and couch surfing a couple of times because of that. And I must admit I once rehomed a cat because of that. But never the dog... So be prepared for that if you expect to have to find another rental with the dog. If you intend to always have pets, my advice is to do whatever it takes to buy your own home. I just finally did and one of the first things we did after moving in was to take in a foster pup. Because we could!

    And with a big dog, it may be worth taking out pet insurance. Or put money in a separate account for vet emergencies. There are some threads on pet insurance on the forum.

    I wish you all the best with your pup. I learnt heaps about dog training and nutrition and stuff from this forum. And my dog is very obedient and easy to live with, despite some bad habits she'll probably never lose.

    Let us know how you go.

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    That's ok. I fully understand where you're coming from. It is quite hard to find places that take animals. Most that do cost over the $300/week mark and I can't afford that at the present time. The wife of the couple I'm moving in with has been through it too. She completely understands where I'm coming from and thinks the whole no pets and frequent inspections thing is unfair. My current rental agreement actually states no pets, but my landlord was the one that said yes and that everyone should be allowed to have a pet.
    The move will be informal i.e. no real estate, so it's beneficial to both of us in that she gets all the rental money and I don't have the amount of stress on my back as I do now. The only negative would be that if they are in absolute dire need of the flat that I'll be staying in and ask me to move out - BUT - the way she was talking, I highly doubt that will happen. And I'm also hoping that I'll have a higher income in time by moving so I can afford a house with a yard or even put a deposit on my OWN house! I am actually planning on doing the same - fostering a pup - once I own my own house. There are so many dogs, so frequently, that need a foster family, and I just haven't been able to help.
    Cost wise, I was worried about the Mastiff x Dane mix in that it'll be such an enormous dog for me to handle - it was an eye opener seeing someones Daniff on Youtube- enormous! Hence why I'm looking at slightly smaller breeds with Dane in them at this point... A Bull Arab isn't small, but it's not the heftiness of a Mastiff.

    I won't be moving for another 3 or 4 weeks and I'm already looking at dogs I just can't wait to get it right this time and can't stop looking for all the options out there!

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    That is a good point Beloz. It is also best to plan for what MAY happen even if you don't think it will. Most landlords will pick someone with a small dog over someone with a large dog. In the second last rental we lived in they let us have Harley but when we applied for Bella they wouldn't because she would grow into a medium size dog, if she was a smaller one it would have been fine. We got her anyway and moved out 2 weeks later. We now own our own house so it isn't an issue.

    Pets and renting is hard, and unfortunately due to the people that do the wrong thing a majority of landlords aren't willing to allow them.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    That is a good point Beloz. It is also best to plan for what MAY happen even if you don't think it will. Most landlords will pick someone with a small dog over someone with a large dog. In the second last rental we lived in they let us have Harley but when we applied for Bella they wouldn't because she would grow into a medium size dog, if she was a smaller one it would have been fine. We got her anyway and moved out 2 weeks later. We now own our own house so it isn't an issue.

    Pets and renting is hard, and unfortunately due to the people that do the wrong thing a majority of landlords aren't willing to allow them.
    A lady I know had this problem. She has two purebred English Mastiff's and she had to get two references that stated they were clean, quiet dogs because of their size.. I don't plan on getting anything this big though, and am hoping that with consistent training he or she will be an example to real estate agents that big dogs can be tidy and obedient. Then again, I'm also hoping I'll be there long enough to save some money to get my own house.

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    So I picked out a pup today He's only 6 weeks on Monday. I probably won't be able to take him for another 4-5 weeks at least due to the need to "settle in" to my new place - I'll be moving in in 2 weeks. Totally sucks because I'd love him to move in when I do. He'll be 8 weeks by then... I'm hoping that 4-5 weeks from now won't be leaving it too long to train him and socialise him... His litter mates won't be leaving their mum until 8 weeks.

    Also! Eye colour! He has dark blue eyes at the moment. His parents both have amber eyes - especially obvious in the dad - so I'm wondering if there's a high chance he'll get the same eyes. He also has a brindle coat Names? I'm thinking Koa (means strong and mighty in Hawaiian), Chili, Leo or Leon

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    What breed of dog is he?
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    Bull Arab x Dane X. The mum actually looks very similar to the Dane x Stag I had. VERY similar.

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    can't wait to see photos of him when you get him. I have a soft spot for bull arabs, hence why i have two of them.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkandz View Post
    can't wait to see photos of him when you get him. I have a soft spot for bull arabs, hence why i have two of them.
    He's brindle. Almost went for his brother who has markings more similar to a bull arab but preferred his temperament. His dad is white and liver. Amber eyes. Coolest looking dog I've seen in a while!

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