| Posted 04/23/12 at 11:48 AM||Reply with quote #1 |
|We haven't bought a puppy in several years but I've always enjoyed window shopping online. I like to scan through breeders websites or local ads just to see what's out there and (of course) to drool over puppy pictures. We're not looking to add a puppy for a few months so I don't actually respond to the ads but I felt compelled to respond to one yesterday because they were less than a mile away from my house. Mostly, I was excited to have a mastiff neighbor so close! The ad stated they were AKC registered english mastiffs, champion bloodlines, show quality puppies, etc. However, when I asked about mom/dad's specific pedigree the response was this: |
'Both parents are from old english mastiff bloodlines.'
To err is human, to forever is canine.
| Posted 04/23/12 at 12:31 PM||Reply with quote #2 |
I have a hard time with the basic info given out like that. I also hate the walls of text that can spam my inbox so quickly. I like when I can see the lineage for myself. Send me a link to your website. (It should be on there IMHO) I so honestly see myself getting another mastiff years down the road but I haven't had the greatest of luck with dealing with the breeders. I have great healthy dogs. I REALLY like the breeders that have all the tests and results on their websites now.
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| Posted 04/23/12 at 12:40 PM||Reply with quote #3 |
|There are breeders & there are puppy producers.|
Producers rarely know the history of their breed, or the history of dogs at their feet!
For the betterment of the breed!
"Above all, a uniform type should be aimed at by breeders and uniformity of type can only exist in a proportionate ratio in the purity and distinctiveness in any breed"!.........M. Moore
"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
"I can live with doubt, or not knowing, rather than to have answers that might be wrong"...Richard Feynman
TEST YOUR DOGS!
| Posted 04/23/12 at 03:04 PM||Reply with quote #4 |
|We were very naive when we brought our 1st mastiff home years ago. We didn't do our homework and the result was a MUCH loved dog of poor breeding who suffered health issues and died way before his time. Since then, we've tried to educate ourselves because our ignorance was just as responsible for the outcome as the backyard breeder who bred sold him. While I do enjoy window shopping, I'd never again buy a pup from a breeder who didn't test or from a breeder who didn't ask as many questions from ME as I would from THEM. |
To err is human, to forever is canine.
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| Posted 04/23/12 at 07:31 PM||Reply with quote #5 |
I OFTEN look through websites to see what's out there and who is producing what. I've seen the gamet! The ones that have "Fido" and "Sally" having yet another litter (no pedigree, no registered name, no health testing) send me into orbit! Or, the one that advertises their stud with no notable pedigree or health testing for $6000. Or, the ones that say their dogs weigh 350lbs. Oh, and the ones that advertise "PAY NO WITH PAYPAL or Credit Cards" really make my blood pressure go up. Then, there are those that say "CHAMPION" pedigrees, but you have to look back 4 generations to find them. Then, I look at the good breeders sites where full pedigrees and full health testing is listed. Most of them have a thorough puppy questionnaire and don't have a ton of breedings pending. They show each of their dogs and give the information on each of them. They breed occassionally and judiciously. They clearly have taken great care of protecting the breed. I love looking at those sites and will gladly recommend puppy buyer to those folks! The best thing we can do as stewards of this breed is teach new folks what to look for in a good breeder. If we can save one family from getting taken or buying a substandard Mastiff, we will be doing the breed and that family a huge service.
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