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I want to buy a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy,help me out?

Hi ppl. I want to buy a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy, but someone told me that this breed really SMELLS..... Normal doggie ordour is OK, but that person was saying that its much more smelling than normal dogs and this smell turns really ugly in summers. Any comments. I just love this breed and really want to go in for it.. Please help.
By ashwini bhalla · 24 Feb 2009 5:33 pm

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By hardyboy · 24 Feb 2009 11:30 pm
its true that this breed really SMELLS more then other breeds because of their regular falling saliva etc. and it summer its get more worsened ..........so be prepared for that mentally......n find out some methods to avoid it to some extent.....
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By Dinkar Singh · 25 Feb 2009 12:33 pm
Like any breed, hygene is a must and regular brushing and bathing is required.

As for this breed like other breeds, each breed has its own needs. neo's have a lot of excess skin or wrinkles have you must have seen. This needs to be cleaned regularly with a cotton to avoid infestions etc. If you do this and do all the other things required to keep any dog clean, I dont see any problem.

Please keep in mind that this is a guard dog and need firm hand and training from the very begining, no not use force on any dog to train or teach it regardless of breed. They can challenge your authority, so if you have not kept any dog or big dog, I would not suggest this breed, specially if you plan to tie it up or leave it alone for long periods of the day.

If you love the breed then do your research on the breed via the internet and only if you can take care of this breed should you go ahead
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By ashwini bhalla · 25 Feb 2009 3:46 pm
Thanks u all for the suggestion. Actually I am a first time dog owner and have this pasion for big breeds.
I have to a big house and adequate man-power in Bhopal and need a dog for guarding purpose. My house is on a hill slope and there is a forest at my backyard. Hence the need for a guard dog.
I am also thinking of a Rottie. Any suggestions, especially from you Kasmanda, I have seen u'r dogs, man they are rock solid.
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By Dinkar Singh · 26 Feb 2009 9:56 am
Thanks. It takes a lot of effort and hard work to keep them looking this good plus they stay with me in the house. Look a Mastiff or Neo mastiff were basically ment for sitting at the doorstep of the castle or house and not allow stranger etc into the house or castle. They are not that active a breed, but are very good at guarding.On the other hand, a Rottweiler will patrol and guard the property. Guarding comes naturally to these dogs.

The important thing to note here is that these dogs are not recommended for first time dog owners, as they can become dominant and very aggressive if not trained and socialised properly and can do a lot off damage to anyone including its owners if not trained and socialised properly. They are unlike other breeds that you train once and thats it. These breeds need constant training and reinforcement. They are not dogs to be left on the percy of servant, or left outside the house without love and care, etc.

My dogs stay with me inside the house and are reguraly trained and socialised and hence are a pleasure to have. That is why I have had Rottweiler for the last 20 odd yrs in my house.

It may sound easy to train and socialise dogs but actually it is not and I once again will not advise you for these breeds in the begining. If you are still adament and think you can handle it then go in for a female Rottweiler or Neo mastiff and get a trainer from the begining, who does not hit dogs to train them.

Another thing you should think about is the purpose of the dog. Is it guarding or watchdog. They are two different things. If you want a dog that will bark at strangers or do you want a dog who will attack starngers. Just a dog barking can be scary for most people. Stray dogs if you dont mind are excellent guard dogs and very hardy. I have personally kept some at my farm in UP.

Bhopal is a hot place but if you can provide proper cooling in summer and care, I would suggest go for a German Sheperd. They can be easier to train as compared to the above breeds or a Great Dane. But remember with any large breed, training and control is a just otherwise you or any one else can get hurt badly. Its not a joke or being macho, its a responsibility and liability.
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