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Old 09.06.2014, 01:07
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

There is a Bouvier Bernois in our town who earns his/her doggy grub - I did a real double-take the first time I saw the DOG was carrying the shopping bag home from Migros, handles in mouth
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

My worst one with Tufty was after we had been to the Migros, i was sitting having a drink with a friend. I had his lead wrapped around my leg, he shot off to see another dog and took me with him accross a carpark.

Tarmac burns are not as enjoyable as carpet burns... I tumbled on my bum, my elbows, knees etc. until finally my friend got hold of the lead.

Never have a dog who is heavier than you!!!

But the bad memories are taken over by the good ones. That dog absolutely adored me and protected me, my boyfriend actually said that he may as well move out.... It was me and Tufty all the way!!!
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

Hi all,

Here is my handsome lad, 19 months old and still growing at 62kg!



I've looked for pet friendly places in Neuchatel but having read this post I understand Bullmastiff's are banned in Zurich and Geneva, I cant find anything on Neuchatel so I'm assuming they are still ok there but I have to do the mandatory dog training, if this correct? and is there any option to do the dog training in english?

Thanks!!
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

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Hi all,

Here is my handsome lad, 19 months old and still growing at 62kg!



I've looked for pet friendly places in Neuchatel but having read this post I understand Bullmastiff's are banned in Zurich and Geneva, I cant find anything on Neuchatel so I'm assuming they are still ok there but I have to do the mandatory dog training, if this correct? and is there any option to do the dog training in english?

Thanks!!
What a handsome boy he is!
Neuchatel is one of the more relaxed cantons when it comes to dog breeds and you will be fine to bring him here. Finding suitable accommodation on the other hand may be a bit of a challenge.

You will have to do the mandatory dog training practical course ( not sure about the theory ) and as far as I am aware it is not available in English. ( in Neuchatel)
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

Do be warned that if you have to take the theory course there are online providers offering the course in English who AREN'T recognised by the Swiss Vet's office. At the moment there is only one approved online provider of the theory course and it's in German only. To do it in English you'd need to find a trainer who provides it in that language.
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Re: 155 lbs / 55 kg English Mastiff & House Renting

What a lovely fella your doglet is!

And, just so you know:

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The Bullmastiff is not banned in Zürich - the ZH banned breeds are the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bullterier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, American Bull Terrier, Pitbull Terrier, Bandog und Basicdog (both Pitbull-Variations). Any dog mixed with these breeds is banned as well - 10% DNA is considered sufficient to invoke the ban.

The mastiff is indeed a list 1 dog, due to it's size. That means that the additional education requirements will apply.

However, be aware that not all officials, and certainly few laymen, are up on the various breeds. As the usual 'bull breeds' are indeed banned, and people do tend to freak out at anything with the word 'bull' in it, should you end up in ZH be prepared to explain that your dog is a mastiff.

Summary of the law in ZH:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...ht/zuerich.php

Mastiffs are banned in GE, however. The GE banned list is: American Staffordshire Terrier, Boerbull, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Mastiff, Mastin Espanol, Mastino Napoletano, Pitbull, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Tosa, Bordeauxdogge, Bullmastiff and Thai Ridgeback.and any dog mixed with these breeds.

A summary of the law in GE:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...recht/genf.php


NE does not have BSL (thank doG!), a summary of the law in NE is here:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc.../neuenburg.php

So if you end up in NE, you will (at present) only have to comply with the federal requirements, the SKN theory course and the SKN practical course. If you owned a dog before 1 Sept 2008, you would need to contact the cantonal Veterinaramt with your proof of prior ownership to determine if are excused from the SKN theory course or not - although even if you are excused I would suggest that you take it anyway to learn what is expected of you here.

I say this because those of us who have large dogs, more than one dog, dogs with 'behavioral baggage' are outside the Swiss norm, and so often find ourselves under the microscope. Because we are so visible we have to be the most conscientious dog owners we can be. The SKN theory course will give you a valuable 'heads-up' as to your responsibilities here.

You will also need to take the SKN practical course - you have 12 months to get this done. Again, I'd put it at the top of your 'to do' list.

Good luck in your search for appropriate housing.
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