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The mastiff is certainly not the breed for everyone. They are expensive to purchase and maintain. Their size makes veterinary expenses higher than that of an average dog. They go through all the same stages that other puppies do, but in a bigger way. An average puppy may chew your shoe, a mastiff puppy may chew your couch. An average puppy may jump on you and get your pants dirty, a mastiff puppy may jump on you and knock you down.
It is imperative that mastiff puppies are well socialized and obedience trained from an early age. Nobody wants a 200+ pound dog that will jump on, lunge at, or bark at people. Mastiffs are not difficult dogs to train, but it does require consistent, hard work to create socially responsible dogs of any breed.
Mastiffs require human interaction. The Mastiff is not a dog that will be content alone in your backyard, or in a kennel. They are house dogs that need to be with their people. I'm not saying Mastiffs are couch potatoes, they can be very athletic and energetic dogs. They have a dependency on human contact that may make them a little more high maintenance than other breeds.
If you decide that you can tolerate the drool, commit yourself to training, and sleep through the snoring. If you're certain your wallet can stand up to the demands of a Mastiff then it's time to start doing some research. Take your time, talk to different breeders, ask a lot of questions. You need to be sure you're making a well informed decision. This isn't something that should be taken lightly. You will be responsible for the health, safety, happiness and well being of your pet FOR IT'S LIFETIME.
Is the Mastiff the breed for you?
Notice to Potential Buyers
Thank you so much for taking an interest in our puppies. Finding excellent homes for our puppies is something we take very seriously here at Crossroads. It is imperative that our puppies are raised in a healthy and loving environment. I also expect that I will be able to maintain a friendly relationship with my puppy buyers for at least the lifetime of their Mastiff. Regular communication makes for easy problem solving. I am always available for questions and concerns and fully expect that my buyers will call me before seeking answers elsewhere. I may not know every answer, but I can certainly find somebody who does. I firmly believe that teamwork is the best way for the puppy, the buyer and the seller to be comfortable. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here at Crossroads we breed for ourselves. We keep the very best of the puppies we produce and place the rest in carefully selected, loving homes. Our goal is quality rather than quantity and for that reason we limit ourselves to one litter per year, at the most.
Our next litter will likely be in the spring of 2011.
I am always aware of other reputable breeders with litters on the ground or on the way. If you would like me to point you in the right direction in your search for a Mastiff puppy, I would be happy to. Please fill out the application below and make a notation on it that you're looking for a referal. I will reply with an email.
If you would rather wait for the next Crossroads litter, please make a note that on the application. I would be pleased to consider you for a spot on our waiting list.