Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 29

Thread: Bullmastiff Tips.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bundaberg QLD
    Posts
    3,301

    Default Bullmastiff Tips.

    Hi guys and gals,

    Firstly thanks for the warm welcome in my introduction thread.
    As you may have read, I have purchased and eagerly awaiting the arrival of my first ever purebreed dog. He's a 3 week old Bullmastiff and while i have no experience with this breed i have had large dogs before and have not jumped into this willy nilly. Infact i have spent a lot of time researching the breed through the internet, reading books and long indepth conversations with the breeder (who has been excellent and reliable). I wont be picking him up till he's 8 weeks old and plan to visit him when he's 6 weeks. I have a 4 nearly 5 year old dog obssesed daughter and a 10 year old boy.

    I would love to hear from anyone with experiences with this breed or any other giant breed to help give us the best start to bringing our new family member into our lives.
    Cheers,
    Sean

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    middle of nowhere
    Posts
    310

    Default

    we've never had one, but there is one that goes to the dog park we go to, he's only about 18 months old, and we watched him grow, when he was 1 he was about 60kgs and would ignore the other dogs at the park to play with my 4 and 6 year old boys instead, chasing them, knocking them over and wrestling, and covering them in slober, but all three of them loved it.

    this is the only real experience I've had with bullmastiffs, but if this dog is anything to go by, they are beautiful natured dogs.

    by the way, this one was well bred purebred, had won puppy division awards at shows, haven't seen them for a while so don't know if they are still taking him to shows

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    2,388

    Default

    I dont have a bull mastiff (though they are gorgeous) but I have a big dog (well not a monster, but he is 40kgs of muscle and excitement).

    My main suggestion would be probably to teach "gentle". Large puppies can get excited and hurt people accidentally when playing or being bosterous. Barney has knocked a few adults over running into their legs etc.

    Obviously that will go hand in hand with other trainign etc.

    Good luck and enjoy your new addition. Lots o fphotos please

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    middle of nowhere
    Posts
    310

    Default

    I hope thats not your foxy/shitzu, Lala, that would be one hell of a dog at 40kg

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    middle of nowhere
    Posts
    310

    Default

    and yes please lots of photos, bull mastiff puppies are almost the cutest puppies

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    2,388

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jonbax View Post
    I hope thats not your foxy/shitzu, Lala, that would be one hell of a dog at 40kg
    LMAO god that would be hideous. A cute dog with the determination of a terrier at 40kgs, what a nightmare LMAO

    No, its Barney...our big black boofhead (likely guess is lab x something - suggestions thus far have been mastiff, bull mastiff, rottie, pitbull, staffy but we have no idea what he is coz he is our SPCA special)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bundaberg QLD
    Posts
    3,301

    Default

    Cheers guys,

    I promise to post up some pics but i wont see him till he's 6 weeks so it'll be a while yet.
    I am really commited to getting everything right with this guy as i have seen his parents and they are big powerfull dogs but there tempraments are excellent so figure its a good start. My daughter is very , well....lets say "hands on" with my mums Shitzu pup and i am in for a job teaching her to not constantly pick it up and to carry it properly.
    I guess i'm going to be training the dog and the kids at the same !!
    Cheers,
    Sean.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    middle of nowhere
    Posts
    310

    Default

    Mate, don't worry about the kids, big dogs tend to see it as attention rather than threat, you should see what my boys do to our dog, and he loves every minute of it

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    I have never owned a Bull mastif, but i am a newfie owner, 3 at present ranging from 55kg to 76kg.

    All i would say is training, obedience training form day one (8 weeks). And i agree teach "gently". My dogs love kids and are gentle with kids and seem to know when people are frail. Mind you for large dogs going Zoomies around our garden is a danger zone for knees

    I have a friend who has three Bull Mastiffs and also does Bull Mastiff rescue. her dogs are very friendly, though pull like anything, because she allowed them to do this from puppy on. I love the Breed, congratulations.

    From a giant point of view, try to prevent the puppy from going up and down steps, jumping on and off things and going for long walks. I Allow my giant pups all the exercise they choose to do, but i do not take them for walks. We have alwys done a lot of swimming early on to increase muscle strength. We do this until they have finished growing

    We also feed Vit C to our young dogs, low protein, giant dry food or adult dry food if you feed dry, not puppy food. We also feed kelp and glucosamine/chondroitin. We do not feed a calcium additives, because recent studies have found that it is not beneficial and may even cause problems.

    We also feed daily meaty bones, mostly brisket bones for the puppies. I think this is the reason we do not seem to have destructive pups. I feed Raw, but I have done so for about thirty years and it is very involved.
    We use a crate at night to potty train our pups, but our dogs are free once they are potty trained. We also use the bells on the door, so that they can ask us to go out.

    BEFORE You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily

    AFTER You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily

    And these are great links to free puppy books from Ian Dunbar
    Last edited by newfsie; 08-18-2011 at 07:09 PM.
    Pets are forever

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bundaberg QLD
    Posts
    3,301

    Default

    Thanks newfsie, most appreciate the info and links.
    I have been given the parents hip scores and while i cant find where i wrote them down at the moment or remember them i do recall been very stoked as the scores where excellent. I have read a lot about thier hips and elbows and like you said i will be very carefull with thier jumping, climbing etc. We live across the road from the beach so your excellent suggestion of plenty of swimming is somthing i'll definantly try. The food suggestions are also excellent, it is probably the one thing i'm really unsure of and was going to take the issue up with my vet and the breader very soon.
    Puppy kindy will start ASAP and then if i'm confident enough i would like to train him myself. I will also be getting him desexed.
    Cheers,
    Sean.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •