I am looking to bring a bullmastiff into my family. I have researched this breed for some time have decided that it is a fit. I want to make sure that the temperment of the dog is sound- but i'm not sure how to find a great breeder.
I live in Maine and would like to find a reputable breeder in New England, so that I can visit the breeder and meet the pups prior to choosing one. I do not want to purchase a puppy from backyard breeder - so i'm leary about having a pup shipped without having met it first and seen the surroundings. Could someone please shed some light on my concerns. Are they valid or should I consider having a puppy shipped.
Does anyone one know of great breeders of bullmastiff in this area or otherwise?
Please be careful and do your research. Read my post--Aggressive Mastiff-Poor Annabelle.
I will never ever buy another dog without references from people that had bought a dog from this breeder.
I will never put a deposit on a puppy without having seen the litter, the parents and where it was raised.
I will want to see this puppy several times before I bring it home.
If you want a rather uncommon breed, chances are you will have to travel some distance to find a good breeder. I had one Mastiff pup shipped from out of state via airplane. She is everything a Mastiff should be, except a bit too tiny--but she isn't quite a year old yet, so hopefully she'll fill in. She is sweet and kind. My other experience--awful, tragic, and heartbreaking. I found her on the internet and did not make the 5-6 hour drive to see for myself. Never again--if I have to make a road trip vacation of it--so be it. Live and Learn.
So please be careful, go see for yourself. Ask if the breeder has had the adult dogs temperament tested, as well as all the other health tests on this giant breed.
Good luck and have fun! Happy Holidays.
If/ when you find a good breeder--wait for the puppy--even if it's gonna be a while.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read!! Groucho Marx
Thanks for all of your input. My husband and have started going to dog shows and speaking to people there as well. That is how we came to choose the bullmastiff out of the other working dogs we were contemplating.
I did read the post about the mastiff. While, its good to know the bad experiences that people have had...It doesn't seem like the norm mastiffs that have been trained at such an early age (correct me if i'm mistaken). However, the message to visit is really reinforcing my thoughts. As well as meeting the family by which they were raised and seeing how the dogs are progressing a few times.
The checklist about finding a good breeder was great! Thanks.
When I was breeding I refused to ship my pups. I wanted to meet the potential buyer in person to decide if I thought they were worthy of owning one of my babies. I also checked references, but nothing is the same as actually seeing how family members interact with each other and with my dogs.I sell all dogs on a contract that states how I expect the animal to be cared for and that at any time in the dogs life if the owner no longer wants the dog or can no longer care for it I am to be contacted. I have been doing breed rescue for many years and do not want any pups I bred to wind up in a shelter.Any one wanting to buy a dog from a breeder should insist on visiting the breeders home and seeing for themselves how the dogs are taken care of. Just because someone shows dogs does not mean they treat their dogs well at home or that they spend a lot of time with the puppies.You have a better chance of getting a healthy and well socialized pup from a hobby breeder who just has a few dogs and they are treated as family members than going to a large kennel where the dogs are in outdoor runs .Learn what the most common serious health problems are in the breed you want and ask the breeder for documentation that the parents have been certified clear. If the breeder offers a guarantee make sure it is in writing and is good for at least three years from the date of purchase as most problems will show up by then. Do not accept another pup from the same bloodline as a replacement for a defective one.