I've always wanted a large lazy dog. Large = its back up to my hip.
We first thought a Dane and after doing extensive research learned these dogs don't do well in cold ... we're moving to Northern Vermont.
Then we thought a Newfoundland ... but we're intimidated by the hair upkeep.
We've finally decided that a English Mastiff has everything we want in a dog. Our neighbor has one that we've had over a few times so we know how big xtra large is :)
In doing research about English Mastiffs I read that 2 miles a week in their prime is more than sufficient. I'm wondering what other people's experience is with this. We are moving to the family farm to work the farm and I envision having the dog by my side all day every day - and a lot of walking back and forth and up and down hills and around trees, lol. Will this be a problem for the mastiff?
I'm really nervous about getting a dog that is too high energy or isn't gentle and patient with our well behaved but young children. The mastiff seems perfect!
Alternatively we could leave the dog home for part of the day - people would frequently be in and out ... but it sounds like the mastiff would prefer to be with its people and we'd prefer that too!
We don't envision being in a position to add a dog for another year or so but want to make sure we're making the best decision we can when we ARE ready - so we're researching extensively now.