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I am planning to buy either a bull mastiff or golden retriver for myself and my family?

Hi, I am planning to buy either a bull mastiff or golden retriver for myself and my family. Please assist in providing a good breeder information in Delhi / NCR. I need a pet quality puppy with good temprament as he / she would be staying with kids (6yrs & 2yrs). Thanks for your support in advance.
By Shailinder · 13 Apr 2010 6:11 pm

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By Gopal Krishna · 14 Apr 2010 12:23 am
Shailinder
I cant understand what are you looking for... both of the breed you have choose are not anyway related to each other... when you say temperament what do you mean???

choosing a dog is a very serious decision... a decision of life... or you will end up with an unsatisfied dog and unhappy you...

I would like to give a few suggestion:

CHECK YOUR ENERGY LEVEL: the time you can sped with your dog is very important... if you are falls in low level energy category then you can have a retriever dog because their energy level is way too high... then need serious time with out door activity...

CHECK YOUR REQUIREMENT: If you need a companion dog then you go for small dogs. one of your kids is only 2 yrs old... i would not suggest you to get a big dog... and first time handler should not get a mastiff at first place because mastiff are very strong willed and stubborn. you have to give a proper amount of training else it would be a burden for you and will end up in chain... and that is very cruel...

I will suggest you to do more research of dog breed and will suggest not to take a medium/large breed dog if you have no good past experience with dog... and as your younger kid is only 2 i will suggest you to take a large breed after 2-3 yrs...

Thanks
Gopal
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By Rahul- 9920145077 · 14 Apr 2010 1:00 am
If you want to choose between a bullmastiff or a golden retriever.
i would suggest a golden retriever, cos they are more friendly towards children than the bullmastiff,
not that bullmastiffs are not friendly, just that golden retriever are more friendlier.
also see to it that you buy a puppy only, cos then it will better for the dog to adjust.
If you decide to buy 1 let me know, i could assist.

Best Regards,
Rahul 9920145077
Mumbai
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By Dinkar Singh · 14 Apr 2010 10:13 am
I agree with both the comments above and would just like to add that the children that you have, I am sure are a handful and delight as I too am a young parents. Having said that they need a lot of care and attention and so will the puppy. Will you be having the time to take care of a puppy as they can be very demanding regardless of breed. Its not just feeding them, there is a lot more that goes into dog keeping.

Also keep in mind that a bull mastiff puppy can be quite rowdy and may not realise the size of your little one and bump into your kid and or make them fall unknowingly.

My personal suggestion is to wait a bit longer unless you have eneough domestic help etc. Also keep in mind what you would be doing when on holidays with your children or when out with work etc.
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By Shailinder · 14 Apr 2010 10:42 am
Dear Gopal, Rahul and Dinkar,

Thanks for the invaluable advice.

In a sense, you all are right by saying that with kids (particularly 2yr old) it would be a task on its own to handle a puppy. In past, I had a GSD and Spitz for good 4-5 years before us separated as family but then I did not have kids and my brothers kids were around 8 and 10 years. So it did not strike me what could have happened with small kids!

Therefore, I am ready to postpone the idea of owning a dog as of now for at least for an year.

Anyway, just for my knowledge. What would you suggest a bullmastiff or golden retriever or any other medium size breed? Because frankly speaking i do not want a small breed to own. I zeroed on these breeds as they are good with children and kinda adjustable in an apartment. At any point in time, I am not discarding there physical exercise demands on daily basis and would ensure that the puppy get at least 1 hour daily outing with some rigorous running etc.

Once again thank you for the invaluable advice I really appreciate you efforts.

Regards
Shailinder
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By Shailinder · 14 Apr 2010 10:45 am
To Gopal,

By temperament I mean patience with kids. Moreover, I am kinda full of energy and would try to pass on the same to the dog by giving quality time. But again being a working person most of the weekdays are spent in office so weekends would be extra special for puppy as they are for the kids and weekdays would be quick one hour.

Regards
Shailinder
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By Nikhil Gupta · 14 Apr 2010 12:12 pm
Hi,
I am keeping bullmastiffs & this breed is gr8 with children moreover this is the best guard dog of the world.I feel bullmastiff is best for you.

Nikhil
Leonine Bullmastiffs
09829740129
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By Gopal Krishna · 14 Apr 2010 12:33 pm
If your energy level is high then you can go for Golden Retriever they are very good with kids... but keep things in the mind that they are very high activity level dog and also very intelligent... so if you wont give them physical and mental challenge they will get bored... they are in the list of biter and nipper, so train them not to... with a proper training Labs and Golden can carry a raw egg in their mouth with out breaking it... And please don't leave your younger kid unsupervised until you have total trust in your dog...
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By Dinkar Singh · 14 Apr 2010 12:38 pm
My would advise for a beagle as they are very good all round dogs. Goldens do require a lot of exercise and also grooming to keep them looking good. If you are an active person and time to exercise ur dog then even a boxer is great with kids and nice looking too, plus low on maintenance.

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By Gopal Krishna · 14 Apr 2010 12:47 pm
Thank you Dinkar Sir,
Boxer is a gr8 suggestion... they are very good with kids... and full of energy... :)

beagle could be a problem with apartment living guys because they bark heavily... sad or happy they express everything with bark... and could be a problem... but they are very friendly and joyful...
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By Shailinder · 14 Apr 2010 3:33 pm
To Gopal,

By temperament I mean patience with kids. Moreover, I am kinda full of energy and would try to pass on the same to the dog by giving quality time. But again being a working person most of the weekdays are spent in office so weekends would be extra special for puppy as they are for the kids and weekdays would be quick one hour.

Regards
Shailinder
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By Gopal Krishna · 14 Apr 2010 4:51 pm
Shailinder
in anyways you can't take the dog on a one hour intense training before 9months to 1 year... but as the dog grows they seek for the leadership and proper exercise... that is why i will not suggest you a large and strong willed dog like bull mastiff... any dog could do good with kids but its all about the training and socialization... a pitbull could be an angel guardian and a Chihuahua could be disaster... but usually Labs, Golden, Boxer, St. Bernard do very well with kids... if you are committed to give at least one hour of exercise and training on week days i think that would be good... take a wise decision...
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By Hemanshu · 16 Apr 2010 12:10 pm
Shailnder -
As all mentioned I would also suggest for in terms of what priority you have - All these are good with Kids and I have mentioned based on the Maintenance.
Boxer
Beagle
Lab
Golden
If you think Lab/ Golden do not shed - Lab shed a lot and so do Golden. Boxer too but its low maintenance as compared to others. Beagle is another good option as suggested by Dinkar. In my opinion Boxer or Beagle what I would zero down.
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By Shailinder · 16 Apr 2010 12:23 pm
Dear Gopal / Hemanshu / Dinkar,

Thanks for the advice about boxer. I read about the breed and found good considering my requirements. Shedding is a concern as i have a 2 year old kid but again every dog would shed. So boxer or breeds with light / short coat would do. Few of you suggest Boxer because it is low on maintenance. What do you mean my low maintenance? Please help me understand.

However, as advised by Dinkar to wait for a while. I am keeping that in mind and would like to wait for some time.

Finally, please suggest any good breeder in Delhi / NCR who is not running a dog mill. :-)

Thanks for your support and suggestions.
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By Gopal Krishna · 16 Apr 2010 12:37 pm
when we say maintenance that means grooming and care... boxer is a tough dog and shed minimal with respect to other dogs... but someone is rarely allergic to dog hair... so that no an issue... but some breed need daily brushing like golden else they will look dull and unattractive... in case of boxer you just need to wet a small piece of cloth and wipe him...

I am happy to see that you are aware of puppy mills and not promoting it... I cant suggest you breeder coz i have no idea about delhi/NCR... you can check my "choosing a puppy" article it will help you...
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