I am wanting to adopt a great dane mixed with bull mastiff puppy, does this breed get along with other dogs?
on Jan 21st 2013
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Whether or not they get along with other dogs, depends entirely on you. You have to socialize a pup from day one. The fact that the mix your speaking about will be large, it's even more important that you do it right. Enrolling the pup in puppy classes would be a good start. As he/she grows you should also enroll him/her in other training classes to teach good manners and obedience. You have to keep up on the training and be willing to put in the work involved with having a large powerful dog with good manners. Good Luck!
Kali answered on 1/21/13. Helpful? / 0
You can socialize from day one BUT, if you are dealing with a breed that is known to be DA, you can (and most likely will), end up with a dog who will not get along with other dogs. It is genetic not training and no amount of training or socialization will make it go away. Not all dogs are social butterflies and where most people get into trouble is assuming they can socialize DA out.
They get a false sense of security because for the first year or two all is well, but when maturity sets in, all %&** breaks out and they cannot understand why.
I do not know about the Dane side, but MANY, MANY bullmastiffs ARE known to be DA. BOTH breeds were bred to be guard dogs as in keeping strangers and other animals away from the Estates so it would seem likely they both ARE programmed to be somewhat DA.
Does this mean your puppy WILL BE DA? NO, no one can predict that, but it does mean you are talking about a dog who will have a greater propensity toward it, unlike a lab/golden mix.
I can only chime in on the Dane part. Typically really laid back and great with other dogs but with the biggest dog on the block socialization and training are a MUST. Known for being stubborn and difficult to motivate when training. Dog aggression is not unheard of and with an animal the size of a pony it is imperative that it not happen. Keep in mind that for all they are easy going this is a breed with serious power. Personally it isn't a mix I would play with but if you do please be prepared to do the necessary training and make sure you have the cash to invest in a good breed knowledgeable trainer.
Off topic a bit also remember that giant dogs means giant vet bills so be sure to put aside funds for emergencies.
Sabi answered on 2/1/13. Helpful? / 1