Hello everyone! Thanks for allowing me to join the community! I'll apologize in advance for the long post lol. Well I'm here because eventually I'm wanting to buy a Bullmastiff whenever my wife and I buy a house (3-8 years) . I've read a bunch of info but it all basically seems copy and paste. So instead of doing the bulletpoints of what I want, I'll give my experience and maybe someone can point me in the right direction of this or another breed. A little about my background; I'm 35 my wife is 28, I've owned dogs of all sizes, from shih tsus, to Shepards, and pibbles/staffies. Growing up we bred dogs and it was my job to train them. So I've Bred and rescued dogs. I've actually been told I should become a behaviorist and trainer, as I naturally can read dogs and train them very easily. I use a mix of positive reinforcement and mother/alpha cues I've picked up along the way (lightly grabbing the snout if they nip or try to grab food, guiding by the collar if they get stubborn or don't know where I want them, scooting with my body to move them etc) I used to have a deaf dog so I had to use all hand and bodily cues to tell her what to do. Now I just do it naturally and definitely speeds training drastically. Ive never had to use prong collars or anything of that sort and I don't believe in hitting any animals (it's going to be a bad day if I catch someone) So 1 newbie-10 being professional in training and being a pack leader, I'd say I'm a sold 9 as Ive never cared about crazy tricks, showing or anything if that nature . I don't care about drool as I'm used to dealing with my sister in law's corso (I love him). My knees are shot from Army life, so a good potty walk in the morning and evening with a good game of tug and maybe a little wrestle time is all I'm good for. Both my wife and I currently work overnight, but that isn't a perminant thing. I curb separation anxiety real quick with my current dogs by getting a blanket and rubbing it over the mother and other puppies on one side and me and now my wife on the other side, with a good full Kong and timed leaves nixes any bad behavior real quick. I'm looking for a couch buddy and a gaurd to take with me to be the "bouncer" of my business,(aka snoozing in my office) and just be a family companion. I plan to have his bed in our room and feed him a raw or semi raw diet. My mother in law is a vet tech so all of our needs are discounted. We also don't have or want children so that's not a concern. Ive found dogs that were $1200 all the way up to $5k so I have no idea what an average price is. I already know to get full health screens and all that( my mother bred Shepards) I'm just wary about backyard breeders and the like. So that's my info, again sorry for the long post, I just like to be thorough lol.