When you plan to purchase a puppy, no matter what breed it is, you should always
research the breed thoroughly before you bring a new pup into your home. Read as much as
you can and talk to as many breeders as you can to get the whole picture!
There are several arenas for purchasing a puppy. Commercial breeders or puppy
mills, and pet stores should not be considered. The animals that are used for breeding
from these facilities are usually poor specimens of the breeds they represent and very
rarely are any health checks done on the breeding pair(s) before they produce a
litter. These animals usually start their breeding life at 6-9 months of age, and
are bred every 6 months, until they die. They live in extreme filth and are usually
underfed and undernourished. The media does not exaggerate when they run exposes on
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store is funding these commercial breeders and puppy
millers! They may offer a health guarantee, but what does that guarantee? Sure
they offer to take the dog back for a full refund, but those poor animals are then thrust
back into the breeding pool and their defects are continued on for future generations.
Purchasing a puppy from a BACK-YARD BREEDER is even worse!!!!!
These are people who want to 'make a little money' or "want to have a litter
so the kids can see the miracle of birth' so they breed their unregistered pets
who were most likely sold on MUST SPAY/NEUTER contracts thinking that NO
ONE will ever know. These dogs have NOT had any HEALTH
CLEARANCES and are most of the time substandard representatives of the breed.
If they were sold as a pet or compaion quality, then they should NEVER
Buying from a reputable breeder who is recognized by its breed parent club, will be
your safest way to purchase a puppy who will live with you and be your companion for
many years. Reputable breeders offer you a wealth of information on the breed and on
the heritage and health of your dog and will be there for you during the whole life
of your dog, not just for the 10 minutes it takes to complete a monetary transaction.
Through the new AKC Breeder of Merit program you will most likely get the
best puppy you can. These breeders have been dedicated to bringing forth the
healthiest best representatitves of the breed they can. They are now being
recognized by the AKC for their accomplishments!
Your breeder should health check the breeding pair(s) before breeding. These
health checks may include, OFA(Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, http://www.offa.org) screening for both hips and elbows,
Thyroid testing, screening the eyes for degenerative macular changes in breeds with known
eye disorders, hearing screening in breeds that are prone to deafness, and general
bloodwork panels to let the breeder know that all is well with the prospective
parents. Most breeders temperament test their breeding animals at early ages to make
sure they are sound and will not pass on any dangerous traits.
Breeders usually do not breed a female before18 months of age, and preferably not until
after 2 years of age, when the entire dog and its health can be evaluated. Some
males are used at earlier ages, as they mature faster sexually. Back Yard
Breeders start breeding their dogs before they are 1 year of age and breed them
every 6 months, until they DIE!!!!!
In the Bullmastiff breed, where c-sections are about 75% required, only 3 c-sections
can be safely performed without a lot of risk. As the female ages, c-sections
become more risky. Most Bullmastiff breeders, breed their females a maximum of 2 times,
and always a year apart. This allows the female to heal inside. Once a female has had 2
litters, she is then spayed. Some breeders then place those females in family homes
where they are completely spoiled by their new family and are still young enough to enjoy
life in a new home!!! Some breeders only have 1 or 2 females, so those females stay with
The puppies should be health checked before they leave for their new homes and should
be microchipped. We prefer the Home Again Animal Recovery System. If
your new pup is not microchipped, ask your veterinarian to do this.
Never buy a pup sight unseen!!! Ask for pictures of the parents and the entire
litter. Also obtain documentation on the parents, such as AKC registration papers, OFA
Certifications, and health certification for the pup from a veterinarian. Most breeders
utilize a purchase contract. This protects the integrity of the breed and the puppy itself
and most contracts will include a clause to protect the breeder from third party
liability.Responsible breeders will also stipulate that the pups be spayed or neutered idf
they are not goig to be entered in Dog Shows.
In the Bullmastiff breed there is a group of people who are mixing the Bullmastiff with
other breeds, such as pit bulls and Labrador Retrievers. They call these dogs
"Working Bullmastiffs". These are NOT AKC registered Bullmastiffs, but
mutts. This group offers registration in the "American Bullmastiff Club"
and the "Working Dog Club of America". These are two entities that are non
existent. Designer breeds are NOT purebred breeds and buyers should be aware of all
potential health issues that are involved with each breed used to develop these designer
dogs. Individuals who breed these designer breeds have no care for what they are
doing, just for the almighty buck they can make!!!
The only recognized registry in America is the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB. The AKC
exists today as it has for many years to assure the purity of the dog breeds it
We are members of the AMERICAN BULLMASTIFF ASSOCIATION and have been for over 21 years!
We are also members of the California Bullmastiff Fanciers