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Our New Baby Boy

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Minotaur, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Minotaur

    Minotaur Governor

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    In this photo he was a just a few months old. He is a Shar Pei

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  2. Friday13

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    He's adorable! Keep close watch on his eyes...it's a big prob for these guys.
     
  3. jammer

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    Cute.
     
  4. Jen

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    Awwwwwww.............. a face any mama would love. :nod:

    I am close to getting another dog........and what I really want is a mastiff. My neighbor has a mastiff that I adore and I would like to have a protective dog at this point in my life. But I would also like a Yorkie because they are so cute. So. Since most yorkies I have known think they are big and mean, and from everything I know about mastiffs they think they are lap dogs........... that could be a downright odd combination to have.
     
  5. Minotaur

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    Good call Friday as he had to have eye surgery at 6 or 7 months of age. He was tacked twice to avoid it but he had so big a fat rolls that in the end he started getting tumers or ulcers from the wittow bitty fat face so we had no choice. It was thrilling to finally see his big eyes looking at us after that procedure and you'd never know it was done. Great vet!
     
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  6. BrianDamage

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    Congrats! I hope he's with you for years and years.
     
  7. lilly

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    How cute, good advise about the eyes but also cleaning inbetween the folds.
     
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    What a cute dog. I've been intrigued with the breed for years, but I'm not in the market yet for a dog.
     
  9. JackDallas

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    Now THAT'S a dog.
     
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  10. Friday13

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    Glad to hear that he's OK. The wrinkles are cute, but can really cause those poor babies problems, including skin problems. You're a good pet mom.
     
  11. Friday13

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    Great Danes are wonderful dogs too, Jen. Mine WERE lap dogs...didn't give us a choice. Mine had their own couch where they slept with the cats curled up on them. They're from Mastiff breeding and a very gentle temperament, but also very protective of their human pack. I love Mastiffs, too. Mastiffs and Danes, because of their size, have shorter life spans than little dogs. They both drool/slobber A LOT, and their tails are dangerous when they get to waggin'.
     
  12. Jen

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    Our neighbor's dog is a brindle mastiff and she is beautiful. She's a leaner. And she is afraid of my Maine Coon cat (who LOVES dogs and was heartbroken not to be liked). We baby sat her (the mastiff) for a week......indoor dog all the way and I loved that too. Our house can accommodate a mastiff just fine. And I can deal with the drool. I do know they have shorter life spans. I had a friend with a Dane and she didn't expect it to get to 10 years old. That would be the hard part. Do people usually bob their tails? We have friends with a doberman mix that had a deadly tail and it eventually had to be bobbed...... it wagged into the Christmas tree and got all cut up with the glass bulbs.... too easy for it to become infected so they got rid of it. The tail, not the dog.

     
  13. Friday13

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    Danes and Mastiffs are very similar in size and temperament...and they're all 'leaners'. The tails do help their balance, so not usually bobbed. One of my pups got so excited once that she whipped her tail and knocked over a 7' tall, wrought iron plant stand, including plants.

    Both Danes and Mastiffs are able to acclimate to most living conditions, including apartments, but they do need some outdoor exercise. Mine were very easy to housebreak because they are very intelligent. I was very, very lucky. My first Dane was pick-of-the-litter from two champions, AKC registered, and the lady let me take him home for $50. He was a treasure.

    I had one Dane (my favorite) who lived to 12. He grew up with a litter of kittens, so none of them were really sure whether they were cats or dogs. Imagine a 90 pound, 6 mo old puppy, all long legs, big feet and huge ears, trying to climb a tree with the kittens.

    One word of caution, if you get a dog of that size, take him to obedience training (the sort where you train the dog). They really don't realize their own size and strength, and need to know the rules. I took all three of mine and it was lots of fun.

    Mastiffs are brachiocephalic, and sometimes have respiratory problems related to that characteristic. Also, like the SharPei, they have to have the folds on their faces carefully cleaned, and often, to prevent skin conditions.

    Is your neighbor's dog English, Neapolitan, Tibetan, or some other distinction of Mastiff?
     
  14. Minotaur

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    As babies some Mastiffs look like Shar Pei's. BIG dogs so you'll have your hands full. You can't tell by this picture but at the time it was taken Wrinky was a little guy. I could hold him in two hands. Now he is 17 months and full grown and I can only cradle his head that way. He grew into his body wrinkles but his face is still wrinkled, though less than in this picture. His actual name is Captain Wrinkles. ;)

    You'll have to post the photo of the new puppy when you get one. We can all watch him/her grow up. ;)
     
  15. Queen Titania

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    He is very beautiful Min :)
     
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    Jen get two Yorkies and have fun for a hundred years :) Huge big dogs are fine when we are young and fit but as we get older they feel to often like hard work and Yorkies live for ever and are so brave and naughty and sweet too........ and we can pop them in our pockets when we need too ...........
     
  17. Wulk

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    I bet the midwife was surprised. :)
     
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  18. Jen

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    That's why I don't have a dog yet, Queen...... I can't decide. I absolutely love dogs, cats......you name it (I practically got attached to the possum we found in a tree in our yard). But my Maine Coon Bob is getting old and he's been diabetic for 6 years (two shots a day) and I know he won't last forever. We had a Springer/Border Collie mix that lived to be 16 and he was the best dog in the world. Time for another dog. I don't think I have 100 more years left in me......... but I do want a Yorkie. BobCat would prefer a Mastiff.

    I, however, am a rescue pet person...........all my pets have been rescues...... Bought BobCat in a feed store in Eagle River Alaska. Got Baby, my other happy little cat at PetSmart (fresh from the shelter). So I will no doubt end up with the luck of the draw. My cousin has a friend who rescues tiny dogs before they get to the shelter.....and I have word out that I'd like one. But it'll be a mix.

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  19. Friday13

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    That could only have come from you, Wulk...LMFAO!
     
  20. Minotaur

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    No doubt! LOL!
     

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