Responsible LGD ownership means having everyone on board. I hope your parents come around. I turn down a lot of potential homes to Spanish Mastiffs mostly those who want one as a pet. I know there are other breeders in this country promoting them as such. I don't. SM's can be surely, stubborn, and are extremely powerful dogs. I notice in my Abelgas girls, the temperaments are hard, very set, and in the one pup in particular, take repeated correction and reprimands at times, to get points across. My other SM's vary in temperament; Ibra is a pushover, a lush and a friendly sort. Pia would take anyone's throat out who walked into my house while she is there. Patron is indifferent, detached, easy going but very independent. Xanto trusts no one but me and is not afraid to show it. His half sisters can turn from sleeping beauties to roaring lions (or should I say tigers since they are striped lol). In short: ANY of these types of dogs, will be a handful for an inexperienced dog person to handle. I am already hearing about SM pups showing up in rescues in this country. What does that tell you? I know of one that was re-homed and is being crossed on Pyrenees someplace. Bottom line: did the breeders do them any favors trying to push these dogs as big easy going gentle giants anyone can handle and own with a postage stamp backyard? No, don't think so. They need a mission, a job, a firm hand, they need to look up to an alpha (me) and respect them or all hell can break loose. I digressed somewhat on another thread about what Zaca (my red brindle SM female) did to my alpha pyrenees bitch. It was not pretty. Yes, I have turned down a lot of potential SM homes for reasons ranging from inexperience, flaky-ness, to no fences, too many other pet dogs, no livestock, etc. I think someday you might be ready for one but until things line out more, it is best you wait. Get your parents on board with you. If they do not support this it won't be good for you or the dog...especially the dog. Best of luck.