06-19-2013, 01:06 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Arlington, VA
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Any dog will be depressed if alone too much. Dogs have been bred for tens of thousands of years to be around people, they need us.
I would not recommend any type of mastiff to a newbie dog owner. Mastiffs are big and have protective instincts that can be very hard for inexperienced owners to handle. And if drooling is an issue for you, I'd stay away from them, too. Owners typically have lots of dish towels handy to sop up drool.
English bulldogs, on the other hand, might be okay. They're not exactly athletic. But, they have, as a breed, serious health problems. You need to know that going in. And you need to find an ethical breeder doing everything they can to minimize health issues. Someone here could help you with that.
One other issue: puppies and full time work. It can be done, but it's tough. If you have to be gone 8+ hours a day, it would be a lot easier to adopt or buy an adult (breeders will sell older dogs). That way, you're not fighting to housetrain a puppy who simply can't hold it 10 hours at a time. It also cuts down on the chewing, etc., although some dogs never really get past that.