which large Dog ?

laa666

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I want to get a large dog to joing out family but not sure which breed to get, was hoping for a rescue or older puppy. I am looking at a English bull mastiff, GSD or rottie ? Its got to be a family pet and live in the house, we have 3 Jacks a collie and a Dorset bulldoggy and horses, but I want a breed that does not have a tendency to wander, would be interested in other big dog suggestions or any advice !!!!!
 

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Well I took on a rescue 3yrs bullmastiff girl and she is everything I hoped for. I also have horses, dogs ( british bulldog ) etc and although I don't have kids she has met kids and she has been a total star, the most gentle dog I have ever met.

She did initially have a really strong hunting instinct but that has diminished as time has gone on, now she is like a shadow and mooches about the yard. All rescue dogs will have their own issues and you can discuss what you can and can't cope with.

I don't know where you live but look up the Large Breed Dog Rescue and they have a selection of large dogs needing homes.

http://www.largebreeddogrescue.com/
 

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Friend of mine has a mastif - fab dog. But bloody huge, and not up to the milleage of the more LW dog. And I just love GSD's.

Have you also thought about a giant Schnauzer (sp)? Such handsome dogs.
 

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Friend of mine recently got a young bull mastiff (not entirely sure what Battersea were thinking, she lives in a small flat with a tiny roof terrace!!). He has been a lovely dog, but with his problems.... massive separation anxiety (which I think is just him not the breed), NO recall or toilet training at all,and an inability to want to learn she is now spending a fortune on a doggy counsellor....... go figure

Wrong rescue dog placed into the wrong situation if you ask me!
 

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Well I took on a rescue 3yrs bullmastiff girl and she is everything I hoped for. I also have horses, dogs ( british bulldog ) etc and although I don't have kids she has met kids and she has been a total star, the most gentle dog I have ever met.

She did initially have a really strong hunting instinct but that has diminished as time has gone on, now she is like a shadow and mooches about the yard. All rescue dogs will have their own issues and you can discuss what you can and can't cope with.

I don't know where you live but look up the Large Breed Dog Rescue and they have a selection of large dogs needing homes.

http://www.largebreeddogrescue.com/
Oh my lordy!!! I want Bones, he is just so scrummy!! Shame I a. work too much, b. live in a flat and c. am in another country!!!!
 

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Oh my lordy!!! I want Bones, he is just so scrummy!! Shame I a. work too much, b. live in a flat and c. am in another country!!!!
LOL I'm lusting after Tiny. Bonnie has been there a long time and really deserves a home, she is a lovely girl but I wonder if describing her as
' frightened of children ' is putting people off because they may think she would be aggressive if a child tried to interact with her, which isn't the case from what i know.
 

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What about a Dobermann they are fantastic intelligent dogs. All mine over the years have got on well with the horses and providing you put the work in they are well worth it.

My current dogs are from Dobermann welfare and there are lots looking for good homes.

A big plus for me living on a farm is they dont have long coats so dont get too dirty and dont shed all over the house. Also they are very agile and as they get older will be easier to get into a car than say a mastiff. Nothing wrong with Mastiffs lovely dogs just not for me.

My second choice would be a Ridgeback.
 

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If you do decide on a GSD, bear in mind they need a lot of mental stimulation and socialisation with horses, dogs (outside the home) people, cars etc, to make them extra specially nice :)

AM, giant schnozzles do look cool but they are not the easiest, in my (limited :p) experience.
 

laa666

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Many tks to everybody for all your input, very interesting and exactly what I was looking for. I want a friendly big dog that will be arround the house and yard, bark if anybody about. Have plenty room for a big dog and will deff. contact big dog rescue. Still not sure which breed to get, so will see which dogs wants us !!!!
 

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If you do decide on a GSD, bear in mind they need a lot of mental stimulation and socialisation with horses, dogs (outside the home) people, cars etc, to make them extra specially nice :)

AM, giant schnozzles do look cool but they are not the easiest, in my (limited :p) experience.
We keep what you have said in mind, would I be better looking for a younger GSD or puppy ? will look into giant schnozzles, I dont know the breed but open to any breed that will fit into my family. Many tks
 

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Not necessarily, there are plenty of older sheps in rescue or looking for homes, which are good with kids, other dogs etc :) if you're raising one from a pup, just make sure you have all the groundwork put in :)

Oh and it's just my silly name for Giant Schnauzers, which AmyMay suggested :p
 

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ROTTI, ROTTI, ROTTI:p Mine is all you described in a dog, loving, docile, medium energy, will guard, don't drool.
Dealing with all the dogs mentioned, I would chose a shepherd or a rotti over the rest :p
 

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Not necessarily, there are plenty of older sheps in rescue or looking for homes, which are good with kids, other dogs etc :) if you're raising one from a pup, just make sure you have all the groundwork put in :)

Oh and it's just my silly name for Giant Schnauzers, which AmyMay suggested :p
I realised the correct name when I googled !!! I dont think I have ever seen a Giant Schnauzer, but it makes interesting reading. I want a breed that stays close to home, as I dont have enclosed garden. My other dogs dont wander off, but realise a new dog would have to settle in. I suppose there are a lot of big dogs out there looking for new homes, its just finding the right one for us and I have to think about my present family, dont want them getting left out or hurt, several are quite old.
 
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