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    Great stuff....My Breeder is my mentor and I have been lucky enough to have her support. Hope yours will be like that too. they hopefully know the breed and have the years of experience
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    I've not had a BullMastiff either, but did have Irish Wolfhounds for many wonderful years.

    Can only echo exactly what Newfsie said- growth rates on these big guys is an enormous factor in skeletal strength or weakness. Avoid jumping, stairs, over exercise... Be aware of too much calcium, protein etc. Look for swimming options.

    Google 'Great Dane Lady'... Wish I could recall website addy. Lots of great tips there, too.

    Looking forward to pics!

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    hey VF, what are wolfhounds like? we've often talked about getting one oneday

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbax View Post
    hey VF, what are wolfhounds like? we've often talked about getting one oneday
    Another breed I love, our neighbour has one. Hamish often comes for a visit. he is such a cool dude and very friendly my dogs love him. Though his nose rules
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbax View Post
    hey VF, what are wolfhounds like? we've often talked about getting one oneday
    Wolfhounds are.... Fabulous, amazing, incredible dogs. I love Dobes, but the Wolfhound is my 'pinnacle' of breeds. Gentle giants. Quite trainable for a sighthound. Family oriented. Hopeless guard dogs, lol

    The drawback? That they have a life expectancy of 6-8 years at best. 6 years seems to be closer to the mark based on my knowledge of Wolfies here in Oz. The breed most likely to die of cancer- bone cancers specifically.

    They are giant heartbreakers, too.

    I hope to import a pup one day, I worry that they will become extinct again in my lifetime because the gene pool is so low.

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    My mate had a wolfie, he was a bit intimidating as his head was like a besser brick. A real solid dog but once you got to know him (or him getting to know you) he was a lovely big dog and very loyal.

    I have found my pup's parents hipscores. The female's score is 7 and the males 13.
    From what i've been told they are fairly good scores for Bullmastiffs. Is that correct?
    And am i right thinking that about the age of 2 i should get my own dog's hips scored?
    I dont plan on breeding him ever and am actually going to get him desexed. I'm not sure what age to get him desexed, maybe i could get the score done at the same time he gets desexed as i've been told that Bullmastiffs dont recover from being put under as well as other breeds. Maybe its all giant species, i'm not sure. I will take these matters up with my breeder and vet but i would like to hear your thoughts on these matters please. Thanks in advance for any info.
    Cheers,
    Sean.

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    Hi there.
    When my pups were 6 weeks old (I took on a pregnant bitch) I was diagnosed with cancer.
    They had to learn pretty fast about "gentle" when I was going through chemo.
    (I am fine now) so I echo whoever suggested they learn that word.

    Another good idea too is when you see your pup take a Tshirt with you that you and all your family have worn so the pup will know your scents and hopefully this will also help the transition from breeder to you as something will be familiar.

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    Thanks for the tip. I was considering leaving a towel with the breeder when i visit so when i take him home 2 weeks later i will have somthing with the litters and parents scent on it to hopefully help make things easier. I didnt think about it working the other way around with making my scent more familiar so i'll use a old t-shirt for sure. My wife is always complaining about the ratty old shirts i wear around the house so she'll be happy to see one of them gone too. Glad to hear you beat the dreaded "Big C" too.
    Thanks.
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    The towel idea is a good one too.
    My male blue heeler loves me but he adores my son.
    My son was here for two weeks in June and when he left (he lives in Queensland and is not in a position to have him with him) a worn old pair of tracky pants and Bandit slept with it a while. I think it comforted him even though he didn't show signs of fretting too much. He realised after a couple of days that my son had gone again.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    You are correct about anaestetics and some giants........make sure you have a vet experienced in giants.....We once had a terrible mishap. the vet used the weight for volume calculation for meds and with some of the larger Mastiff type this is too much. Luckily he did have reversal against and rang Werribee for help. that was 22 years ago. they might be more savvy now, just ask anyway.
    As to the hip scores in Bull mastiffs, I am not sure. I would consider that reading too high for a newf, but i do know that there are different parameters for different Breeds. Find out form a Bullmastiff breeder, show person , fancier
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