This is Toby, our English Mastiff. She's about 15 months old, 140 lbs, and from what the vet said she's on track to grow /fill out for another year or so. Her pappy was about 220lbs, her ma about 200.
I'm hoping she stays lean (as much as you can call such a thick dog lean) She is a gentle giant and a great judge of character. When she barks it rattles the neighbor's windows and her size alone is a great deterrent, I think.
Aside from ongoing basic obedience training (a must for any dog, doubly so for one that can pull a plow ,) she has no "gaurd dog training," but the instinct to gaurd/protect her place and people is so strong in the breed she needed none- in fact, we've gone to great lengths to socialize her with the neighbors, their children, the local dogs, etc, so that she knows who's "ok." Again, a giant dog that is inappropriately aggressive is not acceptable.
She loves the kids with all her heart, as you can see. They treat her like furniture, that's my five-year-old asleep on Toby in all these pics!
Sorry to post this novel, but I like my pup !2011-12-21_22-40-20_532.jpg2012-02-23_12-29-59_977.jpg2012-11-30_17-30-02_675.jpg2012-12-26_09-48-01_234.jpg2012-12-26_09-58-44_968.jpg2012-12-26_09-48-01_234.jpg2012-09-06_15-41-43_38.jpg
By the way, my daughter's face isnt really a pink blob, but the internet is a wierd and creepy place sometimes, so I colored her face in.
Thanks all for reading,