|Barked: Sat Jan 16, '10 12:16pm PST |
|It's a hard call.
Even when properly socialized and brought up with your little ones, there still is a potential. They are a breed that was bred to be dog-aggressive, as it was part of their job not only to hold a poacher, but to take care of his dog, too.
I have a neutered male who I don't easily trust with large dogs of either sex or small male dogs, but seems to do well with smaller female dogs. He was raised with smaller dogs of both sexes, also. My female, who was raised with Zeus only and no other dogs is an absolute dream with any walking, breathing animal or person.
In my opinion, with this breed, part is nuture and part is nature -- and you roll the dice and hope you come up with winning numbers, but at the same time you have to do what you are doing, which is first be the advocate for the dogs you already own -- and second, think about the potential puppy's life and what you might do and how it would change everybody if something were to go awry.
Feel free to p-mail me anytime. I've been in the breed for about 5 years, and am going on my third Bullmastiff. I've been a member of the ABA for about two years now, and if you ever need, have plenty of breeder friends and contacts should you need them.
Best of luck to you and your little ones!