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    There is also the Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff



    This is a photo of my boy who will be 7 this year. He's just under the 60kg mark as I keep him lean.

    not too big, great with kids, very loving temperament and dont need a huge amount of exercise, not huge eaters either really. Nowhere near as active and drivey as American Staffordshire Terriers. I dont have that big a drool problem with him at all, try the breeder Bellarouge in NSW. The thing I find is you can't feed them cheap, grain filled food their coats really suffer for it

    Just be careful looking at American sites. There is no such thing as a XXL pitbull. Most of those dogs are poorly bred or cross bred as there really is little quality control. Theyre even breeding them now with tiny little dachshund sized legs. The American Pitbull is turning into a cripple, it was never meant to be a freakishly muscled monster with a head the size of a car. You have to remember this is a living creature, not an extension of masculinity ... bigger isnt always better. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a chick LOL

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    Good friends of our have a dogue de bordeaux & hes a pig lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Have a look on Dogzonline here: Dogz Online - The Pure Breed Dogs of Australia

    Ou can click on each breed you are interested in, Neopolitan Mastif, Bullmastiff, Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux. You will get a page with a link on the right hand side to breeder listings. In breeder listings you can click on a drop down menu to select NSW.

    There is a large dog show on at Erskine Park tomorrow, the Australia Day show, there will be mastiffs and breeders there as well.
    Thanks I will be down south for Aussie Day, but will be back in Sydney area after lunch for BBQ with the family, I will consider to visit the show if it is close to mine or on the way - I will google map this

    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    There is also the Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff



    This is a photo of my boy who will be 7 this year. He's just under the 60kg mark as I keep him lean.

    not too big, great with kids, very loving temperament and dont need a huge amount of exercise, not huge eaters either really. Nowhere near as active and drivey as American Staffordshire Terriers. I dont have that big a drool problem with him at all, try the breeder Bellarouge in NSW. The thing I find is you can't feed them cheap, grain filled food their coats really suffer for it

    Just be careful looking at American sites. There is no such thing as a XXL pitbull. Most of those dogs are poorly bred or cross bred as there really is little quality control. Theyre even breeding them now with tiny little dachshund sized legs. The American Pitbull is turning into a cripple, it was never meant to be a freakishly muscled monster with a head the size of a car. You have to remember this is a living creature, not an extension of masculinity ... bigger isnt always better. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a chick LOL
    Thanks for sharing - I am really into build/large dogs which as I mention mastiffs will be one of my choices now, but as everyone keep saying research more and keep looking

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    Good friends of our have a dogue de bordeaux & hes a pig lol
    Haha can imagine that

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    Somthing worth thinking about is Mastiffs have very short lifespans . 8 years is a fair innings . Some make double figures but not the majority. Thay are also prone to a heap of health problems like cancer and hip displaysia. Here's a decent vid about the Bully.
    Dogs 101- Bullmastiff - YouTube


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    I would confirm with breeders as this is the same thing usually said about Irish Wolfhounds yet it depends more on the family line and individual.

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    I was also going to throw the Dogue suggestion out there as well

    In regards to the XXL Pits ; to begin with , the Pit was/is never designed to be a 'large breed. Small to medium , athletic ,fast and nimble . The XXL dogs you speak of , I tend to agree with Natty and think you are meaning the Ambull ?

    If you're really meaning xxl Pits than those ......erm........'dogs' arn't 'dogs' .
    Those are land hippo's
    No honestly , they are a mine field of health and structure defects/problems. My biggest suggestion there would be to stay away from them , even the ones here breeding them under the guise of 'Amstaff'.

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    I am not an expert on dogs, merely just a dog lover. At the end of the day it is purely your decision. I got a staffordshire terrier because I knew that was a reputable breed to have around children. He is just 7 mths old, but he is great with my kids, who can be over boisterous at times. Just make sure you are happy with your decision. Choose wisely and make sure you really want a dog, because it is a life decision. Oskar is like one of my kids.

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    OM - why couldn't they have somebody like you on tonights episode of "The project" instead of that dreadlock idiot they had on there who claimed to be a dog expert to explain how excellent bull breeds can be with children grr made me so mad. PBK1776, i commend your openess and honesty it's awesome that you are having a good hard think about what would make an excellent dog for your family. Good on you

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    here is something to read......before you get your puppy

    free down load from ian Dunbar

    Free Downloads | Dog Star Daily

    Hope it gives some answers
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    Thanks for sharing - I am really into build/large dogs which as I mention mastiffs will be one of my choices now, but as everyone keep saying research more and keep looking
    Definitely. If you can get to a dog show or two with the breeds you're interested in too that can be a great place to see the actual dogs up close, see how they act etc. Dogues and other Mastiff breeds are pretty cruisy, as long as they get your attention and are allowed inside with you they're happy. They wont have the high energy needs of the bull breeds, but thats what the bull breeds were bred for. If you dont get to walk your AmStaff/SBT often your property will pay for it. I've been called out to a young American Staffy that ate the walls of his owners house. Wasnt the dogs fault ... just understimulated. WHereas my dogue has always been happy to sleep, for days on end if he could as long as someones close by.

    Mastiffs are not stupid dont let anyone tell you that. Mine has done obedience, agility, etc and was a qualified therapy dog for the disabled.

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