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Finding Mastiff Puppies for Sale

Mar 18, 2008
Do you love Mastiffs? Need to find that perfect puppy? Well if you're like us, you feel Mastiffs are the best dogs ever!

How to you find this elusive "perfect puppy"?

Your first instinct, of course, is to search locally. And that's not a bad idea. By all means look around for a Mastiff locally.But don't let proximity of breeder be the tipping point in your adopting your new friend. A good dog is definitely worth traveling for.

Don't get a puppy based on convenience. Be patient, show dog owners are happy to share their knowledge of good Mastiff breeders, or they may raise puppies themselves

Why would they be so nice? First, they love dogs - and obviously Mastiffs in particular. And they show Mastiffs. They wouldn't want any second rate or substandard breeder to be perpetuating inferior dogs. So you can count on these folks being pretty candid about the good and bad breeders they've encountered. As you talk with these people, you'll undoubtedly acquire several business cards of different breeders. Follow up on these leads. Telephone them. Chat with them for a while. This conversation doesn't commit you to even viewing a litter.

Next, you need to go down your list, make phone calls and get a feel for the person your speaking to. Trust your feelings to help weed our inferior breeders.

If the breeder is too worried about the monetary value of the dog, then perhaps his commitment and love of the breed isn't quite strong enough. But if you can't stop the breeder from bragging about the bloodline, or how "adorable" or smart or "picture perfect" his pups are . . . well, you might have hit upon a high-quality breeder. You'll also have a sense of his reputation, by the way he allays your fears or doubts about your new venture.

Make as many phone calls as is necessary. This is not a decision to be made casually. When you do finally find one with whom you're comfortable, who either has a litter available or whose dog is expecting, make an appointment with him. Be prepared though. He'll probably ask you at least as many questions as you plan on asking him. That's a dead giveaway that he's conscientious and love his Mastiffs - he'll interrogate you (or it'll at least seem that way!)

Here though are a few tips in the way you may want to steer the conversation. Of course you'll want to ask how long he's been a breeder. Ask why he owns them. Are his Mastiffs show dogs or house pets? Don't be afraid to ask about the health issues associated with the breed. Every breed has some distinguishing health concerns. It's always best to know what the issues are before adopting. Ask the breeder what the Mastiff's most important single characteristic is. This question alone gives you quite a bit of insight into his reputation and his thinking.

The breeder should also have plenty of questions for you, don't be offended. A lot of questions from a breeder is a good thing.

After you've narrowed your search, the waiting begins. Puppies are sold in order of interest so be expected to wait, however if they way is too long, just pick the next breeder on your list.

Finally, the day has arrived, the puppies are ready for to be visited. They should be 2-3 months old. Their personality traits will be apparent. Check to see how they fit in to your family.

And make sure the entire family participates in the selection process.

Of course, your decison will be based on your plans for your Mastiff. Do you want to raise Mastiffs? Are you interested in a show dog, if that's the case make sure you select a dog that exhibits the proper characteristics.

If you're looking for a family pet, then select a dog whose personality will fit in with the family. You want a lover, not a looker(of course you could find it all in one package!).

After you negotiate your price, you may have to wait another week or two. That will give you time to prepare your home for the latest member.

And one more thing--enjoy your new puppy!
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