Large dog breeds have been used for many years, in order to help humans survive and prosper. But there is a new use for these super large canines and it comes in the form of companionship. Many people are now crossbreeding these dogs, in hopes to bring out their softer side. It seems that some of these people have been successful in their breeding endeavors and this next dog is a prime example.
One of these hybrids is the Mastiff Great Dane Mix. This very large animal, is very sweet, but can be a bit on the protective side. But for the right person, it can make the perfect companion animal. They make great watch dogs, but are calm enough to be around other people and even smaller animals without concern.
The sheer size of these animals would probably scare away even the sneakiest intruders, but these gentle giants only look fierce. Very laid-back, these dogs can be found lying around the house with their owners or sleeping at the foot of the bed at night.
While they are very sweet, they can also be stubborn at times and you should think about starting them with obedience training, at a very young age to prevent any behavioral issues. But if you work with these dogs, they will learn fast and are very eager to please their owners. Proper socialization is also recommended for these animals.
When it comes to grooming, these dogs will have short hair. But, brushing is recommended at least every other day, to help keep sheading to a minimum. These dogs have been known to be moderate shedders and if you want to keep your furniture free from hair, a bath is in order once a month as well.
Exercise is a must for these dogs, so if you are planning on getting one, make sure you have both the time and the room. These dogs will dark loudly, often all night long, if they don’t get enough exercise during the day. This can really wake the entire neighborhood, due to the sheer size of these animals. So make sure you walk these dogs at least twice daily.
If you are looking for a well-rounded pooch, that will be both loyal and friendly to those around them, this is the dog for you. These lovely animals would make a great addition to any family and provide years of companionship.
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