AMs are bred in the States, have been around for about 20-years, and were started by experienced OEM breeders -- to correct certain problems that many OEMs have: excessive drool, joint problems, shorter lifespans, etc. AMs tend to live pretty long for such a large breed; 12+ years (or even 15-years) aren't uncommon, and they have a tighter mouth to avoid those slobber woes.
As for the health issues, I wouldn't know. The drooling, not true. They drool just as much as a true English Mastiff. I've heard it straight from AM owners themselves.
I did not start out to bash the AM.. I just ask that folks offer up ALL the information, especially that AM's are a mix and unregisterable and they drool.
I'm glad your puppy is working out for you. As I'm happy that Goliath is an amazing puppy. I couldn't be happier that folks have found the right dog for their family. But having experienced both breeds, personally and in rescue. I'm only stating facts. Not something passed along to me by way of the grapevine.
I merely want folks to understand the difference. Then make an educated decision, nothing more. Frankly, I could care less which dog they chose. The less the English Mastiff is chosen as a pet, the less likely it is to become popular.
Believe it or not, I get that. So.. by all means, chose the AM over the EM. I just feel it's appropriate to GIVE OUT ALL the information, not just one side of it. These dogs, regardless of choice, AM or EM, are not for everyone!
Furthermore, I'm deeply skeptical of any AM-bashing OEM booster who has a distant friend with something critical to say -- particularly when they won't even name which AM breeder they went to!
I'm sorry, I have absolutely NO idea what you speak of here. I have no distant friend who has ever owned an AM. So.. Unless you know something I don't, you have me here.
it makes me question their motives.
My motives are simple. Simply stated, give them ALL the information. ALL the potential for this and that, health wise especially. Also, since it is a mix, give them an EM breeder to chat with about the differences. Allow them to decide for them selves. I couldn't make it any plainer.
I have absolutely no animosity towards any dog. Regardless of breed. It is and should always be ALL about education. The WHOLE of it, not just one half.
For those with AM's with amazing temperaments and great health. AWESOME, I couldn't be happier for you! These dogs deserve to be happy and loved. So.. Please do not think I'm bashing, I merely mean to offer up ALL available information.