I will be adopting a male Mastiff/Rottweiler mix pup from a rescue group soon. He is currently about 13-14 weeks and about 25-28 lbs. His foster says he's playful, outgoing, and a bit of a velcro dog (needs a lot of attention), all of which is fine by me! Just wondering if anyone else has a similar mix, and their experiences with it? Also, although no one can know for sure, about how big would you guess he'd end up? His mom was the Rottie, dad was an English Mastiff that jumped the fence.
*It is wonderful to hear about someone adopting from the growing number of dogs (& cats) needing rescuing. Good for you!!!
*If you'd like a technical description of your future dog here it is: BIG, REALLY BIG!!! ; )
*Seriously, "if" he takes after the female (mother) then the dog could weigh much less than if it takes after the male (father). If he's 25 lbs. at the age of 3.5 months I would say the dog could possibly double this weight by 6 months.
*ONE of the fun things about a dog like yours is the surprise when it gets to be a "teenager" and grows into his (full potential) = "finished product".
*The very best advice anyone can give a new dog owner is: sign up for beginner's training/obedience class/ school!!!
* With BIG DOGS is is vital to become the "leader" immediately. Obedience training can literally save their life.
Make sure YOU are the one doing the training, (& you'll be trained at the same time).
*If you do this you will avoid the possible "negative" things about large dogs. He will NOT jump on people, will not PULL you or others so that you fall on your face, dislocate your arm/shoulder or get hit by a car. You will be the pack leader who decides what, when and how you and your dog will enjoy life.
*A big dog 's "sit", "stay", "down" ON and OFF lead will make you AND the dog: safe, happy and POPULAR with others.
*Both breeds are highly intelligent! In order for them NOT to become bored, depressed or develop bad habits…Training is key. He will learn to respect other dogs and people, too.
*Have you seen the obedience trials on TV? When they're "working" they are always smiling! (and the owners, too)!
*Don't forget the REWARDS… you give them (pats, scratches, hugs & treats) and you get them back 10 fold!!!
Wishing you great success now and in the future!