Hip dysplasia, I believe is what you might be refering to. Frightening....
I have always really liked very large dogs. Both our Bullmastiffs were pet quality, pure breed by highly regarded (By Bullmastiff society) recommended local breeders. I agree 100% in doing your homework. Unfortunately both our dogs (Thor and The Toecutter (ever seen MadMax?)) died of bone cancer when they were right around 10 years old (each came from a different breeder). They were very gentle with toddlers and all sizes of kids. Didn't have a mean bone in their bodies. At their size, they didn't need to be mean and badass. Very nice deep bark. Just a single, deep WOOF and I've had salesmen tell me nevermind as I opened the door and they were headed on their way quickly back down the driveway.
On the other hand, pound for pound and ounce for ounce the Jack Russell is pure hell on wheels and carry their balls one behind the other for speed. Just wish the Jack Russell Terrier came in the 50lb size. Would be next of kin to the Tazmanian Devil. All balls but just not very smart. I've seen ours stomp, charge and bark at a new trash can placed in the kitchen. Like I said, pure hell on wheels just dumber than dirt
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They're Good for a least 12 years and are the smartest of the Breeds listed.
I love dogs and have had a few, my favorites were a male Akita and a female Rottweiler. The Akita was so protective of my daughter that when anyone just raised their voice he got between them and my daughter and watched. My Rotty was a big female and she was so darn smart and they were a good team(after 6 yrs my wife still tears up when she sees a pretty Rott). But now I have a Rotty-Dane mix that I got from the pound after both my Akita and Rotty got cancer withen a year and a half of each other. He's big, friendly to people, and he's a pretty good watch dog.
I really think someone like Tanvil that knows what they're doing training dogs could bring out the best of any suitable breed. Now if I moved out in the country or up into the mountains, far from help, I'd look into those Caucasian Mountain Dogs, but they look to be real handful for the owner and too agressive for city or suburbs.
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Why is there so much bone cancer in big dogs? I lost my RED Doberman from that.
I had an Airedale once. Dumbest damn dog I ever had but it had a real sweet disposition.
Labradors make superb guard dogs and then my daughter has this dang WOLF/Husky/White Fang looking beast that does a good job of watching over her family.
Welcome to the 21st century, things are going to be very different.
Neapolitan Mastiff (AKA Mastini in native Italy). With small kids (to be guarded) I will settle for nothing else. They have a huge attitude problem but if they grow up with kids, they are fine. NO BETTER GUARD DOGS. Romans used them for fighting and guarding in wars!
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Not for everyone. Its like keeping a horse. The diet and the meds cost more than a human.
at 9 months old here, about 150 lbs. His dad weighed 225 Lbs. Good breeders charge start off at 3.5k+
here is the dad
Or just let rip a 1919 burst