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When we have litters, we are very particular about the home our puppies go to. We do our best to screen the owners to make sure a good match between the puppy and the buyer.
All of our pet puppies are sold on a Limited Registration. Pet puppies are required to be spayed or neuteredaround 2 years of age. We try to evaluate each puppy's personality by observing them during their development while at play. We also try to match the puppy to the buyer to produce the best situation for both puppy and your family.
Limited Registration can be lifted by the breeder.If you are thinking in this direction, hold off spaying or neutering until after the breeder has evaluated the dog.If after breeder evaluates the dog and finds the dog breed/show quality, the breeder will change the registration from limited to full registration.
We do everything in our power to make sure that our puppies are free from inherited problems, by screening our breeding stock for problems that prevail in our breed.
Limited Registration - All pet quality puppies are sold with a neutering agreement and an American Kennel Club Limited Registration certificate. The offspring of a dog registered with a Limited Registration certificate are NOT eligible for AKC registration. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration certificate is not eligible to be entered in breed competition. They are eligible, however, to be entered in other events, such as Obedience Trials, Tracking Tests, Agility.
Guarantee - Show quality puppies are guaranteed to pass OFA hip evaluation at two years of age, provided they have not been used for breeding.
As a dog owner, I promise:
I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize
that my dog’s welfare is totally dependent on me.
I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.
I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.
I will take pride in my dog’s appearance with regular grooming.
I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably
sit, stay and come when called.
I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.
I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste.
I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by
being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and to the community.
I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation
appropriate for my dog’s age, breed and energy level is provided.
I will make certain that my dog is identified with both a collar tag and a
microchip and I will adhere to local leash laws.
For more information visit www.akc.orgor call 212-696-8343
Take this along when looking for your mastiff puppy, Does the parents meet the breed standard?Does the breeder know the standard, ask questions about the standard and look at the mom and dad to see if they meet the standard. Responsible breeders know the standard and breed to the AKC standard. Not every AKC dog/bitch is breed quality, only a select few should be considered in a breeding program.
MCOA / AKC Mastiff Conformation Standard
OFFICIAL STANDARD FOR THE MASTIFF
General Appearance The Mastiff is a large, massive, symmetrical dog with a well-knit frame. The impression is one of grandeur and dignity. Dogs are more massive throughout. Bitches should not be faulted for being somewhat smaller in all dimensions while maintaining a proportionally powerful structure. A good evaluation considers positive qualities of type and soundness with equal weight.
Size, Proportion, Substance Size - Dogs, minimum, 30 inches at the shoulder. Bitches, minimum, 27-1/2 inches at the shoulder. Fault-Dogs or bitches below the minimum standard. The farther below standard, the greater the fault. Proportion - Rectangular, the length of the dog from forechest to rump is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. The height of the dog should come from depth of body rather than from length of leg. Substance - Massive, heavy boned, with a powerful muscle structure. Great depth and breadth desirable. Fault-Lack of substance or slab sided.
Head In general outline giving a massive appearance when viewed from any angle. Breadth greatly desired. Eyes - set wide apart, medium in size, never too prominent. Expression alert but kindly. Color of eyes brown, the darker the better, and showing no haw. Light eyes or a predatory expression is undesirable. Ears - small in proportion to the skull, V-shaped, rounded at the tips. Leather moderately thin, set widely apart at the highest points on the sides of the skull continuing the outline across the summit. They should lie close to the cheeks when in repose. Ears dark in color, the blacker the better, conforming to the color of the muzzle. Skull - broad and somewhat flattened between the ears, forehead slightly curved, showing marked wrinkles which are particularly distinctive when at attention. Brows (superciliary ridges) moderately raised. Muscles of the temples well developed, those of the cheeks extremely powerful. Arch across the skull a flattened curve with a furrow up the center of the forehead. This extends from between the eyes to halfway up the skull. The stop between the eyes well marked but not too abrupt. Muzzle should be half the length of the skull, thus dividing the head into three parts-one for the foreface and two for the skull. In other words, the distance from the tip of the nose to stop is equal to one-half the distance between the stop and the occiput. Circumference of the muzzle (measured midway between the eyes and nose) to that of the head (measured before the ears) is as 3 is to 5. Muzzle - short, broad under the eyes and running nearly equal in width to the end of the nose. Truncated, i.e. blunt and cut off square, thus forming a right angle with the upper line of the face. Of great depth from the point of the nose to the underjaw. Underjaw broad to the end and slightly rounded. Muzzle dark in color, the blacker the better. Fault-snipiness of the muzzle. Nose - broad and always dark in color, the blacker the better, with spread flat nostrils (not pointed or turned up) in profile. Lips - diverging at obtuse angles with the septum and sufficiently pendulous so as to show a modified square profile. Canine Teeth - healthy and wide apart. Jaws powerful. Scissors bite preferred, but a moderately undershot jaw should not be faulted providing the teeth are not visible when the mouth is closed.
Neck, Topline, Body Neck - powerful, very muscular, slightly arched, and of medium length. The neck gradually increases in circumference as it approaches the shoulder. Neck moderately "dry" (not showing an excess of loose skin). Topline -In profile the topline should be straight, level, and firm, not swaybacked, roached, or dropping off sharply behind the high point of the rump. Chest - wide, deep, rounded, and well let down between the forelegs, extending at least to the elbow. Forechest should be deep and well defined with the breastbone extending in front of the foremost point of the shoulders. Ribs well rounded. False ribs deep and well set back. Underline - There should be a reasonable, but not exaggerated, tuck-up. Back - muscular, powerful, and straight. When viewed from the rear, there should be a slight rounding over the rump. Loins - wide and muscular. Tail - set on moderately high and reaching to the hocks or a little below. Wide at the root, tapering to the end, hanging straight in repose, forming a slight curve, but never over the back when the dog is in motion.
Forequarters Shoulders - moderately sloping, powerful and muscular, with no tendency to looseness. Degree of front angulation to match correct rear angulation. Legs - straight, strong and set wide apart, heavy boned. Elbows - parallel to body. Pasterns - strong and bent only slightly. Feet - large, round, and compact with well arched toes. Black nails.
Hindquarters Hindquarters - broad, wide and muscular. Second thighs - well developed, leading to a strong hock joint. Stifle joint - is moderately angulated matching the front. Rear legs - are wide apart and parallel when viewed from the rear. When the portion of the leg below the hock is correctly "set back" and stands perpendicular to the ground, a plumb line dropped from the rearmost point of the hindquarters will pass in front of the foot. This rules out straight hocks, and since stifle angulation varies with hock angulation, it also rules out insufficiently angulated stifles. Fault-Straight stifles.
Coat Outer coat straight, coarse, and of moderately short length. Undercoat dense, short, and close lying. Coat should not be so long as to produce "fringe" on the belly, tail, or hind legs. Fault-Long or wavy coat.
Color Fawn, apricot, or brindle. Brindle should have fawn or apricot as a background color which should be completely covered with very dark stripes. Muzzle, ears, and nose must be dark in color, the blacker the better, with similar color tone around the eye orbits and extending upward between them. A small patch of white on the chest is permitted. Faults-Excessive white on the chest or white on any other part of the body. Mask, ears, or nose lacking dark pigment.
Gait The gait denotes power and strength. The rear legs should have drive, while the forelegs should track smoothly with good reach. In motion, the legs move straight forward; as the dog's speed increases from a walk to a trot, the feet move in toward the center line of the body to maintain balance.
Temperament A combination of grandeur and good nature, courage and docility. Dignity, rather than gaiety, is the Mastiff's correct demeanor. Judges should not condone shyness or viciousness. Conversely, judges should also beware of putting a premium on showiness.
Approved November 12, 1991 Effective December 31, 1991