The first step when deciding to buy a Tibetan, Neapolitan Mastiff puppy is to determine the best breed for your family.
If you choose to get a Mastiff, here is some information you should know about the breed. The Mastiff is considered a large breed dog and stands at about 30 inches at the shoulder. They have a massive, muscular body structure. Their eyes should be set wide apart and are usually brown or darker. The darker the eyes are, the better they are liked. The Mastiffs' ears should be small, v-shaped, and rounded on the ends. The ears should be dark in color, preferably a very dark black. The Mastiff should have a broad head with wrinkles on the brow. Their coat is straight but coarse. It should be short and close to the body.
The Mastiff should be apricot, fawn, or brindle in color. If the dog is a brindle color, it should have apricot or fawn as the background color. The Mastiff has a good nature and shows a lot of courage. They are a very docile dog. It is important to know as much as you can about the Mastiff breed before you go kennel visiting or even before you speak with the breeder over the phone.
The area that should be researched the most is about the health issues of the Mastiff. Some congenital defects in this breed are heart problems, cancer, bloat, and kidney disease. Some Mastiffs have eye disorders that are carried down through the generations. Even though breeders try to breed these defects out, sometimes they just still pop up. Some of the most prevalent defects are thyroid dysfunction, elbow dysplasia, and especially hip dysplasia. A reputable breeder will tell you about any defects that the breed may possibly inherit.
Some dishonest breeders will either ignore the question or claim that "their" Mastiffs are not prone to any genetic disorders. The truth is that "all" and "any" Mastiffs have the chance of inheriting any of these disorders. Any responsible and honest breeder will not promise or guarantee that their Mastiffs will not develop any genetic or health problems for the life of the dog. This is just not realistic. You should always ask to see documented proof of any test results that were done for genetic defects. Any good breeder will have their dogs tested and certified for such defects like hip, elbow, eyes and thyroid disease.
Only after they have been tested and passed these certifications, will a good and responsible breeder breed any of these dogs.But exceptional breeders will go even further and have their Mastiffs tested for kidney disease, heart disease, bloat and cancer. This is the kind of breeder that anyone would want to buy their Mastiff puppy from. Those breeders who do not test their dogs and do not have any proof of any congenital defects, are not the kind of breeder you should buy from. You owe it to your family to buy the best quality you can.
Once you have done your research, you are ready to talk to breeders. You should talk to as many Mastiff breeders as possible. You owe it to yourself and your family to find the very best breeder that you can. You should be able to tell if someone is a responsible breeder once you start to talk with them. You will be able to tell if the breeder is just in it for the money or if they are really interested in breeding quality Mastiff puppies. A responsible breeder will want to know about you and your family, they will not just try to sell you a puppy.
The breeder should be willing and able to answer any questions or concerns you have about the Mastiff breed. The breeder should make you feel comfortable enough so you can ask any question, even if you feel it is a stupid question. You should compare breeders and contracts before deciding on a puppy. It is always best to have a written contract. It should tell you exactly what you, as the buyer, are responsible for. It should also tell you what the breeder is responsible for. A reasonable and fair contract should explain any special instructions for caring for your new puppy and any fencing issues about your Mastiff. It should state that the breeder will assume some responsibility if the puppy should develop hip dysplasia. Normally, a reputable breeder will cover the first two years of the puppies' life.
The contract should also discuss any spaying or neutering restrictions. The most important issue that should be explained in the contract is about whether you can return your Mastiff if you should become unable to care for it. If there is anything that is unclear in the contract, have the breeder spell it out to you. Any good breeder will make sure you leave their kennel with a comfortable feeling of signing a contract with them. A reputable Mastiff breeder wants you to leave their kennel with a feeling of trust and satisfaction, knowing you choose the best.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER buy a Mastiff puppy from a puppy mill. If this breeder has allowed any of their females to have more than two litters a year, then most likely they are running a puppy mill. A breeder who is running a puppy mill usually has puppies all year round and puts out anywhere from 12 to 36 litters a year. A Mastiff breeder that is running a puppy mill will advertise a great deal. They will advertise that their puppies are of the best quality at a cheaper price. These breeders will take any form of payment and will ship their puppies anywhere, without even meeting the buyer in person. These breeders who run these puppy mills will offer contracts, warranties, and guarantees that in reality have absolutely no value. The puppy mill breeders will only offer a guarantee for 6 months to a year.
This will not do you, the buyer, any good when you consider that the Mastiff puppy doesn't usually show any signs of health problems until they are at least 2 years old. Usually, their contracts will state that you will NOT be able to return your Mastiff to them, for any reason, especially once the dog has been spayed or neutered. A responsible breeder considers these puppies a member of their family and are willing and would rather take the puppy back than see it go to a shelter or something worse.
Generally, with puppy mill breeders, their main conversation will consist of selling you on the "bloodline" of their dogs. They don't care who buys one of their puppies. Once they have your money, you and your Mastiff puppy are on your own. Stay away from these breeders altogether! You truly don't know what you will get in your puppy because these breeders breed anything together, good or bad. They are just in business to make money!
Responsible Mastiff breeders devote themselves to breeding the best Mastiff, not only by bloodline but by looks, health, temperament, and intelligence. Their puppies are a part of their family and they care what kind of home they go to. They care about each dog they bring into this world. The kind of breeder you do not want to buy from is the breeder who just breeds for the massive structure and does not worry about health and temperament. The first thing to look for when interviewing any responsible Mastiff breeder is for the care and concern they give each dog. When you visit a responsible Mastiff breeder,
you will be able to tell that they are a good breeder by the condition of the kennel (home) and also by the way they interact with their dogs. You will also be able to tell by the way their Mastiffs love and interact with their owners. A breeder who raises these dogs as a part of their family is the best choice when choosing a Mastiff breeder. You deserve the best, so buy the best.