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MY BEST FRIEND, A GREAT COMPANION
Member Name: glriley
Advantages: loveable, loyal
Disadvantages: large, needs a donimant owner or will overpower you
People thought I was crazy getting a Bullmastiff as my first ever dog as there so big and need a very dominant owner as they crave order. But as I moved into a house on my own as my husband was set to go to a 6month tour of Afghanistan I needed someone with me and my bullmastiff is definetly my best friend :)
Even thought they can be quite scary looking because of their size they are actually very soft and affectionate animals and are dosile in nature. However dont get me wrong if this dog wanted to hurt you then it could and needs to be kept out the habit of play fighting as they dont know their own strength.
Originally these dogs were used as game-keepers companions and used to chase down poachers and pin them down, nowadays they are used as guard dogs and pets. They need a moderate walk everyday but can be quite lazy and sleep a lot.
They love food but many people make the mistake of overfeeding these dogs to make them beef up. Dont worry they are slow to mature and will do this on their own, the mastifs you see with the fat rolls are actually overweight!!
As with all dogs their temperment can vary and relies heavily on the owner but my mastif is great with kids and other dogs and I have heard this is common for this bread. With this dog being large vet bills and food bill too can also mount up and to buy one of these dogs you are looking between £300-£600 but you always have to option to breed these yourself.
A great dog but you do need to space and time for them.
Summary: a lot of time needs to be put into these dogs but it pays off
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