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We specialize in horse and canine artwork, but we can and do custom stain glass artworks upon commission!  Contact  Helene Hansmann for more information! Or click HERE to do so!


Knatchbull's Congo

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Buyers Beware!
by Tracy Ferrick

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 areas 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. 

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.

Your breeder should health check its breeding pair(s) before breeding.  These health checks may include, OVC (Ontario Veterinary College), OFA(Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, 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 before 18 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.

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 3 times, and always a year apart. This allows the female to heal inside. Once a female has had 2 or 3 litters, she is then spayed. 

The puppies should be health checked before they leave for their new homes and should be micro chipped. If your new pup is not micro chipped, ask your veterinarian to do this.  They should receive their 1st vaccine and be dewormed.

Never buy a pup sight unseen!!!  Ask for pictures and a video of the parents and the entire litter.   Also obtain documentation on the parents, such as AKC, CKC 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.

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, CKC 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. 

The only recognized registry in America is the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB, in Canada the registry is done through Canadian Kennel Club.  The AKC, and the CKC exist today as it has for many years to assure the purity of the dog breeds it represents.              



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