supplied by Aidy and Matt S:
Some info on
Bull Mastiff x Great Dane's as told to Aidy by Matt S a mate of
Aidy's who hunt's with them and breeds them. He's been hunting
with them for approximately 9 years and breeding for the last 7
years and has caught hundreds of pigs with them.
How early do they start?
They start from 3months depending on Which way they throw,
generally speaking Matt's found that the Dane types start
earlier than the Mastiff types.
When do you
Matt starts his own dogs at 5months.
Do they work
on hot or cold scent?
Matt's found that this depends on the individual, he finds that
trackers are necessary with this breed.
Will they go looking or so
they wait until you walk/drive across scent?
They go looking.
holders or bailers?
No bailing just holders.
What are the
bloodlines of your dogs?
Matt's dogs are basically Bull Mastiff cross Great Dane, he
breeds the best he's got together, and if someone has a dog of
similar breeding that's better he'll use that. Matt tries to
keep hold of his good
bitches as he's found they've been the building blocks of his
Are they better off the
truck or off the ground?
Like any good pig dog once trained and given enough work they'll
find off the ground and off the truck, he finds they work better
off the truck, Matt say's "work is the key".
Do they have
any bad points?
The honest answer is yes. They are big (between 40and 75kg) and
do eat a lot especially as pup's [Aidy's been there at feed
time] and any dog that eats, shits so there's a bit of cleaning
up involved with them. Over all they are pretty placid and are
good with kids, and will catch pigs.