This is the most adorable sequence ever captured on film, enjoy.
These are beautiful shots! I completely agree with Mum of 8, and others with positive opinions and I’d like to add another point of view. I think those people who say “terrible parenting” etc. don’t think about world… Thousands and thousands of people kill and hurt other persons (and animals) in every minutes, in every countries, and sometimes a dog attacks somebody and media full of that story. Consider this and after that make judgement. I think human beings more dangerous than any type of dogs. When I was a little child, I jumped to a very huge dog’s tail, then the dog turned around (every adult was terrified) and assessed my age, so lay back. Nothing happened. It was a huge shepherd dog.
When I was married with kids we had a female Australian Shepherd mix (just before we adopted our son) and she and the boy became best pals.
this is the purest form of love
This is NOT adorable!!!! This is very dangerous!!! By allowing this the dog sees this baby as his posesion. The third picture shows the dog leaving his scent on the baby, like cats do, saying this is mine!! Please never do this with your own baby and dog. Things can go very, very wrong!!!!
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I’ve owned Mastiff’s all of my life and now breed them. I know the breed and love them dearly.
NEVER ALLOW YOUR MASTIFF TO DO THIS WITH YOUR CHILDREN. PERIOD. EVER!
The dog is not hugging the child. The dog is asserting dominance over the new addition to their pack. Dogs assert dominance and train puppies with nips and bites. Nips and bites that puppies are physically built to handle. Nips and bites that could maim or kill a baby. The final photo is the scariest because that dog has staked its claim and often in that position the next thing they do is bite and shake the object they’ve staked their claim over.
Mastiff’s do actually make good family pets as they will guard and protect, but they will also challenge their position in the family pack (you, your children and the dog(s) are the family pack).
Foolish doesn’t begin to describe the actions of the parents who allowed this.
This is really a dangerous situation to put an infant in. Mastiff Momma is completely right in saying that this dog is displaying signs of dominance over this tiny child and will do what any higher pack member would do to keep it in line: nip, bite, paw and possibly lift and shake. I know many people have had entirely positive experiences with their own animals and, in many cases, there are dogs who would not attack a baby. But is it really worth taking the risk? Especially if it is marking the baby with its scent (by rubbing his head on it) and showing dominance by laying on it/draping his paw over it. Nice pictures in theory, extremely dangerous position to put a child in in real life.
this is so cute i think it is adorable i did this when i was younger very cut dog and adorable daog you have yes it is a little dangerous but if you train him or her they will love them not hurt them SO CUTE:D
oh yeah so cute until your dog establishes dominance and maims your child. mastiff mama thanks for your comment bc i got this as an email and am a mastiff owner with small children and while our mastiff is super sweet, i notice he constantly challenges our authority. this has made me more aware as a mastiff owner and lover.
i own an Old English Mastiff, she still in her puppy stage as she is only a litte over a year old, i havent seen her show sign of dominance yet, how will i know when she is doing so, is there any signs to look for?
and now, i wouldnt ever allow her to “cuddle” with a child, just her weight alone could hurt them…..
oh!! this is so cute
i wish i had a dog like that!!the dog and the baby is soooooooooo cute !!! ^_^
this is very dangerous !!!!the dog may kill it !!!!!
that baby and dog r so cute together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they look so happy together..but in one of the pics it looks like the dog is smashing it.. but dogs r veary gintel things..i have one and i know..they know when ur down and they now when u r happy but they also no when somthing happend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You must be nuts!
people have been attacked by their own dogs. one big bite and even if the baby lived the scares will be there for ever. why take a chance. if I were on a jury of this sort Id take the baby / children out of the home and have the parents fixed to where they cant have any more children or adopt any .animals belong out side and children need to come first. This is true of cats and any other thing.
Is there any commen sense anymore?
Get a damn life people! This dog is clearly cuddling with this baby, and it is NOT dominating it! I own a Mastiff, and there is a BIG difference. Also, LEARN HOW TO SPELL if you are going to post insults about this WONDERFUL breed of dogs!
It’s been my experience that dogs seek to establish dominance in the presence of a pack.. Babies don’t seek to be the alpha-much-of-anyhing..and the dog is obviously responding to that. I grew up with a sheppard…certainly an animal that would exert dominance if challenged… Elfie decided I was her kid and any dominace she might have been feeling was not evident when I usta bite on her ears… Get a grip people… until there is a rash of babies trampled by the family pet, can we not at least pretend that these animals actually love their baby family members?
Well said Jamie… It’s alittle frustrating when you are fighting off the urge to call someone dimwitted and they struggle with spelling.. Some peoples kids..lol!
I own and train Bandogges- being familiar with dogs, and Mastiffs in general, I’m fully aware that this isn’t “snuggling” behavior.
this is the same thing a dog will do with a beloved posession, like a toy.
letting your dog lick your baby’s fingers is one thing. allowing your dog to treat your baby like its personal property is a whole different story.
dogs do not see infants as “young masters”. they see them as puppies.
an insolent pup gets snapped at or nipped. is this a good chance to take?
i certainly don’t think so.
I love dogs, and I’ve owned dogs since I was born. Even so, I don’t think I would allow this. I think it would be different if there was an adult right beside them at the time.
Other comments say “I’m sure that the parents would notice if something was wrong, and stop it!” but noticing that something is wrong could come too late. Dogs aren’t slow, and they aren’t going to wait for you to jump in and stop them if something spooks them.
I think that, although, yes, the pictures are kind of sweet, (Though the baby appears somewhat squished in a couple…) a little more care could have been taken.
You people are some of the most ignorant i’ve ever heard of. I rarely read comments on beautiful things such as these because there are always all of you skeptics trying to make it seem like the animal has such bad intentions. Mastiffs are some of the most KIND and CARING and SWEET and LOVING animals i have ever had the pleasure to meet, let alone to own. This mastiff is kind, caring, and so beautiful. Obviously there WAS somebody right beside the animal, or these pictures wouldn’t have been possible. The family trusts their dog, just like a part of their family. As well as it should be. Take your negative comments elsewhere. This beautiful series is captivating, and I love seeing it every time I do. Thanks for the smiles!
I agree, @ the rest of you….people needn’t be mean or negative, but criticism can be useful, just like punishment can be useful. People shouldn’t be afraid to use either one when it is truly necessary.
The person taking the photos wasn’t aware of the dog’s real motivations, and it’s a positive and productive thing to let them know that their baby might be in danger in the future. This dog is loving and kind, in that it is not actively aggressive or dangerous. But it’s being dominant, and if you’ve seen a dog with it’s puppies and with it’s toys, it definitely loves them both, but it also bites them and roughs them up, because that’s what puppies need, and toys are for.
I love dogs and I love to cuddle them and pretend they really love me, in the human way. But this is not reality and I’m glad I am forcing myself to be aware of it (ignorance is not bliss…knowledge is power). Our society is slowly backing away from reality every time we humanize something an animal does and refuse to acknowledge and respect their natures.
::steps down sheepishly from soapbox::
this is veery dangerous. the dog is asserting dominance. Do not try this with your kids
DOG LESSON #1: This dog is a Neapolitan Mastiff NOT a Bullmastiff
Had to get that out of the way because as the owner of a 185lb Neapolitan Mastiff myself, I get sick and tired of people misidentifying the breed.
Now that’s out the way…would I ever leave a young child alone with a Neo? NO, but then I wouldn’t leave a child alone with any dog. However this child is not alone, there’s someone a few feet away behind the camera.
On the whole question of dominance; dominance doesn’t automatically equate to aggression. Neapolitans are a protection breed, they will protect the family ‘pack’ from any threat outside it. The baby is part of the pack. They are massive dogs, but unless you’ve lived with one you can have no idea how gentle they are for that size and how they DO seem to know if someone is frail. My Neo is a Pets in Therapy dog, which means he comes with me to visit sick kids in hospital and old people in nursing homes. He seems to know these humans are not strong and will either gently nose them or sit and lift a paw and he hasn’t been trained to do either of things.
I own three english mastiffs. My 5 year old female does this exact same thing with me, my husband, and other family members she LOVES…Never in her 5 years has she ever turned on us or not listened…she is extremely well trained and gives us “hugs” when we come home from work or when she hasn’t seen us in a while. I’m not saying there isn’t rouge mastiffs, but if the person is a responsible mastiff owner, they will know what their dog is capable of. Our little 160lb. girl has hugged our 2 year old niece and there have been no issues there. Don’t assume someone is a bad parent or that every dog that does this is mean or asserting dominance. Animals are the most natural and caring creatures, much unlike us humans and each one is different. I think it adorable and see no issues, if the owners know and love and trained their dog right.
Ursula…..the dog assessed your age? Are you serious? You actually think the dog had thoughts like: ” well this human is smaller than the adults but not as small as that toddler so must be between those ages so I better not hurt it because this human couldn’t handle it.”
What has human violence have anything to do with pack behavior and a dog being a dog, an animal? It has nothing to do with it. Family dogs who end up killing human infants are not exhibiting aggressive violent behavior like a human with a gun in war. The dog didn’t “think” the infant would die and didn’t think at all. It was going on instinct. Pack behavior. If you actually look up articles where family dogs have maimed or killed, you will also find owners of the animal completely blindsided by the event and they have to live for the rest of their lives that they didn’t protect their child from and animal.
Unfortunately you are not reading this dogs body language correctly. This is wrong in two ways one the baby at risk of it accidentally getting injured and two if you replaced the image of the baby with a bone you would realise it was treating this a a possession, he wipes his scent over the baby then the licking is taking the scent of the baby down to the dogs Jacobson organ. Although it is unlikely that the dog would have consumed the baby as this motor pattern has been bred of the domestic dog, this could lead to guarding issues with the dog. Humans look at animals through human eyes describing the behaviour as human i.e he is cuddling the baby, dogs don’t cuddle that’s a human behaviour.
wow, some of you guys are just so over protective, this is a beautiful dog. we used to have one and she would’nt hurt a fly! this baby is obviously loving his presence, and in all of the photo sequences the baby is not upset or hurt or crying. the baby is happy! the dog is a big dog so maybe sometimes he or she may not know how small and delicate somethings may be, but seriously, there are many more things out in the world that we should be focusing on that are more important than this. world poverty, natural disasters at this period of time and that global warming is getting worse than ever! the ice caps are melting and these poor polar bears are being stranded miles away out at sea in search for food. sharks are now diving deeper into the ocean to find food and fresh water and sea water is mixing together now. this is all happening in our lifetime! if the earths temperature increases in just a minimum of 2 degrees, its very likely we could lose over half of the worlds species! THIS, is an issue, THIS is what is really damaging our earth. so i say, quit blogging and arguing about how mean or bad these parents may be and just think, do YOU want to be the bad parent letting your child to grow up in a world where half of todays animals could be extinct? THIS is a REAL issue!
I don’t care how big or what breed why take that kind of chance with your baby.
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I have an english mastiff. She grew up with my neice. They love each other and my neice can poke her in the eye, step on her tail, hit her with toys and she just sits there smiling. People know their dogs. All these people need to worry about is an accidental smothering. This is fine and ridic cute if supervised.
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yes i agree with you. they are placid gentle dogs thats would not hurt a fly. the only things is there weight but usually they are very gentle with babys and children…
This pic is adorable,but don’t be fooled. We to took pics of our baby with our family dog.we had the dog for years before our baby was born- NEVER showed one ounce of aggression- then one day- just another normal day in our home I had given my then 2 yr old daughter a bath and she went to sit in front of the tv I was on the couch. All of a sudden our precious family pet that I would have laughed in someones face if they ever said she would attack my daughter did just that!! Unprovoked and for no reason at all. She attacked my daughters face so badly that her bottom lip was literally hanging off. She had to have numerous stitches to her face and we are forever reminded every time we look at her that dogs are indeed animals and they WILL attack. While we were at the ER the nurses and Dr say this happens with family pets more than people know. I know you are not being careless or irresponsible,but I wish I would have listened to people when they warned me as well and now when I look at the pics of my small baby with her attacker I cringe and it just makes me sick!! Hopefully this will never happen to you- many blessings!!
You’re all dumb. The dog is expressing love. You all think that a big dog just wants to own the child. Dogs are smart, sweet, and they understand. So shut up, it’s cute.
i believe that these dogs are beautiful gentle animals and wouldn’t hurt a fly… you do have to be careful… dogs naturally have a wild streak in them as it is hereditary, though really it should be the parents responsibility for this baby, not yours! so stop worrying about this one series of photographs and just relax!
This isn’t a bit ‘dangerous’: the dog treats the baby as it would one of his own pups – well aware it’s his master’s ‘pup’! The sequence fails to report how the dog, ‘Brutus’, a military K9 at McCord and the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor from his tour in Iraq, freed his jailed handler and friends when there. A dog is far more likely to know whom to trust and when, particularly his handlers being around (If not: who took the photos may I ask?…) as part of the family. If people do not trust their dogs, bond with them OR bother to get to know about their specific behavior, why do they get them??? For dog-fight purposes or to have them chained up all day? The little kid doesn’t seem to mind, at any rate (probably has more sense too…).
This large canine, Brutus, was indeed given a Congressional Medal of Honor for delivering his handler and 4 other soldiers taken hostage in Iraq. The first K9 to receive this honor is said to be like a big lug wanting to sit on your lap as soon as he knows you are OK. So the bond between human and dog must be pretty strong. Breeders are hardly the ones to judge: to them it’s a question of knocking cash out of things usually kept in a stinking barn, whether or not they’d be live things… As to comments by holy-smoke moms and gran’s: before savaging anything dogs must be badly provoked; you are in far less danger in the presence of a dog than you would be with a pedophile around… – Seems to me humans everywhere are hardly the kind to talk, moreover, when they go about domineering the entire planet, often in more than a questionable manner. If dogs stay Man’s best Friend: poor dogs!
LIKE UR PIC!
WHAT THE CRAP WERE YOU THINKING!?!? THE ONLY THING THAT COULD MAKE THIS PICTURE WORSE IS IF YOU PUT YOURSELF IN IT HOLDING A GUN AN POINTING A GUN IN THE BABY’S FACE WHILE LAUGHING HAHAHA SO CUTE!! LOOK AT THE BABY WITH A HUGE FLIPPIN DOG AND A GUN IN ITS FACE!! WHOOPSIE!! SORRY BABY!! NOW YOU ARE BADLY HURT MAYBE EVEN DEAD!!
GROW UP YOU MONSTERS!!!! GROW THE HELL UP NOW!!!
how cute that dog is just like mine is you’r dog a mastiff
Wow! I am in love with these photos forever! I had a lot of dogs in my life and their are gentle loving animals! You are wonderful! Your baby and your dog is amazing too!
You people are crazy!! I own a Neapolitan Mastiff as this dog is and the dog is not trying to dominate the baby. It is showing the baby love and laying there to protect the baby. The dog knows the difference between from a child and an adult. My Mastiff will sit on the couch like a person on laps and really close it does so because it just wants to be close to people. It can be dead asleep on the bed while I work at my desk in the room but if I get up he gets up and follows and looks for me. Now that dog will protect the baby till its death sad part is the dogs life span will only be about 10 years
What a photo. That dog loves that baby and that baby loves that dog. Thank you for sharing..
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Everytime I see these photos it makes my day. Forget the people who are saying negative things. Obviously there was supervision, and this dog is showing it loves the baby, and the baby is obviously loving the attention. I can’t help but smile whenever I see it. Love <3
I think I want to order a pizza for lunch today.
Nobody wants to be wrong… So just consider the outcomes of two kinds of wrong decisions: (1) You allow the dog to paw, roll, possess the baby (you call it a “hug”), because you think it’s “cute,” and you’re sure the dog will never harm the baby. But later on, the dog treats the baby like a chew-toy, picks it up and shakes it. OR: (2) You don’t allow the dog to paw, roll, possess the baby, you distract him, train him in other behaviors around the baby. But the dog never would have harmed the baby if you’d allowed the behavior to continue, and although the baby likes the dog, the baby doesn’t develop a really close relationship with the dog as he grows up. I’d opt for (2).
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