Hey everyone! I'm psyched to get to join! I tried before, and today I happened to take a look at your forum and saw a couple new posts so I jumped in while the jumpin's good! I have never had a Mastiff before! Hence the "Very Newbie." I have had Dobermans for about 25 years. I once said I would always have a Dobe the rest of my life, but I am exploring options nowadays. Why am I considering a Mastiff? My life nowadays is not ideal for an extremely vocal, very high energy, very whiny dog. Yes, I understand all dogs require sufficient physical and mental stimulation! So don't worry. I have been researching and having fun looking into breeds for a few years now. On the top of my list currently are: Cane Corso, Bullmastiff, American Bulldog, Boerboel. I'm an open book and welcome any questions. I hope this is a friendly place for civil exchange of information and camaraderie. Any suggestions for this family man in search of the best breed for my family? I want deterrent factor, and ideally, a dog that has the nerve and courage to actually protect (at least not be welcoming to an invader, or retreat in fear). I am accustomed to a very excellent watch dog that would probably back it up.