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    Red face Wanted: Large Breed.

    Hi,

    I am planning to get a large breed dog in a few months. I currently have 2 chihuahua's but my other half misses having a large dog (we used to have a Mastiff/Ridgeback cross)

    We are buying a house with in the next few months so it will be the perfect time (after we settle down) to introduce a new family member.

    I am looking for something along the lines of

    Rottweiler
    Great Dane
    Mastiff
    Or
    Ridgeback.




    If there are any breeders or you know of any breeders that will have puppies within the next 4 months i would be interested in finding out more infomation.

    Thanks

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    I hope you have put heaps and heaps of time and research into these breeds.
    All four need a lot of confident handling, training and socialisation, especially while you have two chew toys in the house, if you get what I mean
    I was interested in Dalmatians for about 3 months, decided it was more than a phase, spent 6 months reading absolutely everything I could about them, for about the last 4 months I have been checking out every breeder I can find, and I still don't even plan on even considering buying one until my JRT passes(not anytime soon Im praying!).

    I work as a vet nurse, in my first week, a Maltese X was rushed in after their adopted Great Dane attacked her. These people owned 3 Maltese X's and Jack Russell X and had had the Dane for maybe 3 months.
    The owners were watching all 5 dogs playing through their kitchen window, they saw it starting to get out of control so came out. While walking to the door, they heard screaming. They ran out and the Dane was shaking Bella like a toy. Literally.
    Bella died. She wasn't put to sleep, she actually died.

    What im trying to say, is that this Dane had passed temperament tests and the new owners loved him. No problems for 3 months. A big dog like that and small fluffy 'toys' don't mix once they get excited.

    Personally, while you have Chi's I wouldn't look into any breeds considered 'giant'.
    But too answer your question, go onto DogzOnline.com, they have a large list of registered breeders.
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    Thanks for the info LOL chew toy

    I am not just going to just willy nilly jump into getting a large dog. Rex our Mastiff/Ridgeback Cross was great with both of the Chihuahua's. And we would still have him if he didn't get bitten by a snake

    But i do understand that it depends on the dog itself. I have also been thinking that there maybe a simple mistake such as a fully grown Dane accidently rolling or standing on a chihuahua. So that plays on my mind.

    I would never ever get a dog before adding up the pros and cons. It took me 11 months before i got Rex. As i knew he was going to grow alot and be well over 40kgs. He ended up weighing 48kgs and Honey was 1kg when Rex passed away.

    I don't make decisions very easily. It's a bit of a pain really lol .

    But thank you for the information and help. I thought i would just put the feelers out and see what i could find.
    Last edited by Sookey; 08-13-2010 at 07:24 PM. Reason: spelling

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    I wouldn't risk it!
    The smallest breed in the world vs. the largest. Hmmmmmmm..
    Killing with kindness is also a possibility.
    As long as you put a lot of thought into it, thats all I can ask...
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    I would suggest you contact your state breed clubs to find breeders and then ask around to find out whether those breeders are reputable.

    Big dogs can inadvertently hurt small dogs, it probably depends on the dogs in question. If you're getting a large breed pup, then it will want to play for the first 2-3 years of its life until it matures. I have a young Rottie and she is very good with small dogs/puppies but she could so easily hurt her small playmates if she gets over excited.

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