So you want to find a purebred mastiff puppy. They are certainly great dogs, especially if you want to have a guard dog. But, where do you start to look to find the one for you?
A new pet owner usually starts to look around the local area to find the puppy that they want. And that’s not a bad idea, so by all means look around for a mastiff puppy locally. However, a good dog is worth traveling for so do not limit your search to only your surrounding areas.
A good place to find a mastiff dog breeder is at dog shows. Be sure to attend some dog shows. Owners who are showing their dogs at the show may either be breeders or can give you references to good breeders that they know. They will be more than happy to steer you in the proper direction of a reputable breeder. It’s obvious that they love their dog and are glad to share information with others who share the same passion for these mastiff dogs. You can count on these folks being pretty candid about the good and bad breeders they’ve encountered. Believe me, they will know.
You hopefully will get leads or business cards for several breeders. Call them and talk to them about their puppies. Remember you don’t have to commit to any of them until you are ready. When talking to a breeder you want to get to know them and get a feel for what type of breeder they are. Some things to consider are; can the breeder answer your questions adequately about mastiff puppies, are they more interested in the monetary value of the dog, or are they the kind of breeder who can’t stop bragging about their dogs? You can also ask if the breeder has references. Those who are happy to give you references are more likely to be reputable breeders.
You’ll want to ask how long he’s been a breeder, why he owns them, and are his mastiffs show dogs or house pets? Every breed of dog has some distinguishing health concerns so don’t be afraid to ask about the health issues associated with the mastiffs. A question that gives you a bit more insight into his thinking and reputation as a breeder is to ask him what he thinks is the most important single characteristic of this breed of dog. If the breeder asks you questions as well then that’s a sign of a good breeder who wants to be sure his puppies are placed with loving and caring owners.
Finding the right puppy takes time. Make as many phone calls and visits as you think is necessary. Do not be in a hurry. Do research and get to know several breeders before choosing. As you narrow your choices in the way of possible breeders, make a list and then prioritize that list by your preferences, then make appointments to go see them. Don’t be disappointed if you have to get on a waiting list for a puppy. This may be a little irritating, but it’s a good thing. That means you have chosen a good breeder.
When the babies are ready for viewing, take the whole family. The puppies will probably be eight to ten weeks old and showing personality. As a family you can decide which puppy you like best. If you have plans to show your dog at dog shows or you plan on breeding yourself someday, then you will want a dog who meets all the physical requirements of the breed. On the other hand, if you want a dog that is going to be a loyal family pet, then you’re looking for the most lovable puppy in the litter to take home.
Now that you’ve made your decision, be aware that depending on your new dog’s age, you may not be able to take him home right away. If you can’t take him home then, you will have time to prepare for this new member of the family. Enjoy your mastiff puppy!