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    pbk1776

    I would give up the idea of a Pitbull unless you want to move to Northern Territory or ACT and it's illegal to import them - they're on the federal customs banned dog list. And you'd never be able to take your dog to Victoria.

    Staffies (SBT) - especially as puppies are a high energy dog and you will need to take them places to meet lots of different dogs and children as often as possible eg daily to encourage friendly behaviour.

    I'd give up on Blue too. Skin problems with those.

    If you haven't got time to train your dog and exercise it, asking it to play nice with your new family is a bit much. You'd be better off with a british bulldog - all those I've ever met are completely friendly and they don't need much exercise.

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    Thanks guys- I shared to everyone what is our family's lyfestyle so that people can advise me a dog that will suit us. I know i shared my preferred dogs but after reading all post and made more studying, I will will go deeper in terms of learning about mastiffs and it's kind

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    Still going with my research. I watched pitbull documentaries, more info with staffy, and mastiffs.
    I read that great Danes are part of mastiff breed, will you recommend Great Dane for my family considering our lifestyle? Thanks for any opinions and comments

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    Do you know what...providing you are willing to take the dogs needs into consideration (and personally, I think an hour of physical activity a day is pretty good - I assume from your post this is the time allowed for pysical activity and anything lse owuld be over that 1 hour) then get the breed you want.

    I would hate for someone to "settle" for a breed they werent really in love with because it was slightly better suited for their life.

    I think an hour of exercise for a staff is a good amount if you stick to it.

    In saying all that, I LOVE mastiff breeds and they are a bit less needful of exercise so if you do like them, then obviously they should be considered

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    Thanks guys- I shared to everyone what is our family's lyfestyle so that people can advise me a dog that will suit us. I know i shared my preferred dogs but after reading all post and made more studying, I will will go deeper in terms of learning about mastiffs and it's kind
    Sorry....wrong quote but in regards to your Great Dane query, my neighbour has a young Great Dane and when he does zoomies (running around like a mad dog) everyone hides because he's so big he can take you out without even meaning it. I'm sure your wife and young child wont be to keen on that. They are great dogs but very strong and full on.
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    Not to mention their tails! Ive been victim to one very happy great dane whos wagging tail feels like getting whipped with a tea towel. Lol but i dont have much idea on danes...

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    I think the fact your dog will be living with the family will make up for a lot of reduced exercise time....the most important thing for a dog is to live with their family. I am a softy on the mastiffs.......LOL, a newfie is a mastiff type after all. there is a huge variety of mastiffs. I hope you find your forever dog
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    Thanks everyone

    So today just a quick update - I went to meet the following

    1. I met up with an old Mate who I got my GSPs - We caught this morning before they went out for hunting game. I told him that I am in a search for a new breed. He advised me to keep an eye on German Shepherds
    2. Caught Up with Amstaff breeder from Liverpool, Seen his dog and quite surprisingly the temperament of both adult dogs are extremely impressive. He told me about stereotype of the breed, which the same as what I've researched so far.
    3. Caught up with the vet next door. He will be sending me schedule for dog school which will be just across the park of our new place.

    next on the list

    1. Visit local pound
    2. Meet with mastiffs breeders

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    Great to see your doing so much research pbk1776....I wish more people would do this before getting a dog.

    Goodluck in finding the right breed for your family.


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