|Barked: Sat Jul 13, '13 9:25am PST |
|Sorry to be a bummer, but that would be inadvisable unless you start with an adult, and even then with caution to be sure the mix of males worked. Here's an excerpt from something I wrote reprinted in "The Drooler," which is the Pacific Northwest Bullmastiff Fancier's newsletter in 2009:
"The one BIG advisory is that enigmatic to this breed is the variance with same sex aggression.Some individuals you will see none of this in...as in
NONE...and others it is close to as insistent as it gets. The first three or four Bullmastiffs I knew were the former. Mush pots, loved everyone,issue free. And then I would hear the same sex aggression thing, which I didn't even take seriously until a judge friend gave me a furrowed brow when I questioned it. And THEN I saw the other side. A beautifully raised boy, gorgeously socialized, never a problem out and about, but in his own home, he might as well have been a maned lion. From the same lines, you can see both extremes. And SO, if you do not want SSA, the best breed advice is to rescue an adult. This is not dysfunction but a breed trait, and all the Bullmastiff's resolve getting layered on it does you no favors. I needed to point this out as some maybe as I was years ago, thinking of very accepting Bullmastiffs and concluding it was more an issue of raising and imprinting, etc...but first hand will say this is not the case. When this
breed decides to fall on the SSA side of the fence, they can be somewhat absolute in their decision.I have, interesting, noticed this same trend in
Boxers....it can go one way or the other, and it is very hard to call from a puppyhood state."
Generally speaking, a good breeder wouldn't sell a Bullmastiff puppy into a same sex situation. It can be hard to predict when they are pups, and Bullmastiffs are exceptionally bent on this when they lean that way. It requires rehoming a powerful dog with an aggressive history, so it's a bit of a nightmare.
Definitely on my top five list as breeds to avoid in same sex pairings. Particularly because they are so resolved and serious about it when they lean that way.
Edited by author Sat Jul 13, '13 9:29am PST
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