WITH LOVE FROM A LONELY DOG
I wish someone would tell me what it is that I've done wrong.
Why do I have to stay chained up and be left alone so long?
They seemed so glad to have me when I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we'd do while I was growing up.
The Master said he'd train me as a companion and a friend.
The Mistress said she's never fear to be left alone again.
The children said they'd feed me and brush me every day.
They'd play with me and walk me if I would only stay.
But now the Master, "hasn't time", the Mistress says I shed -
She doesn't want me in the house not even to be fed.
The children never walk me, they always say, "not now".
I wish that I could please them,
Won't someone tell me how?
All I had, you see, was love.
I wish they would explain,
Why they said they wanted mine,
and then left it on a chain?


Please, if you don't have the time for a dog, - don't get one!!!! The majority of bad behaviours that become apparent in a dog, are simply due to neglect and no training. Mastiffs, in particular, want nothing more than to be with their people. You don't get that wonderful temperament coming out unless you spend time with it.

A nursing litter - the best food at the start.
Weaning - he food is a soft mush, that they practically swim through! Everybody and everything needs to be washed down! Not for the squeamish!
How much do they eat?
When Mastiffs are growing, they eat a lot! When we fed dry food it was anywhere from 10 - 14 cups a day. As they mature this drops to about 4 - 6 cups; and your older dog should be down to 3 - 5 cups. Very young pups should be fed 3 times a day, then switched at about 4 months to twice a day for the rest of their lives. We recommend and raise our puppies on a raw diet.
 
What dog food do you recommend?
I send you home with a complete feeding guide - key word - guide. Each dog is different, and grows at different rates. Some are faster or slower than the guide instructs. Use your common sense and adjust accordingly. If you can no longer see the dogs back ribs, then you are overfeeding. If the dog polishes off the food and is looking for more, then give him more. Raw is the ideal way to go, you can get pre-packaged raw foods. Remember, you are what you eat. And that goes for your dogs too! Healthier dogs, mean fewer expensive trips to the Vet. 

Feeding raw doesn't need to be expensive. I pay no more than I did on a premium kibble. It just takes times to source your food at reasonable prices. (And the grocery store does not have, reasonable prices for your dogs!)

Why are they so expensive?
Reproductive problems are probably the biggest problem in the breed. One of the biggest breeders in the U.S. told me once that she runs a 37% success rate when breeding her dogs naturally. As a result, most of us now, take our dogs in for blood work to find out when the dog is ovulating; then the dog has a surgical implant of semen. In my case, I rent a fetal monitor from the U.S.; and the dogs have an automatic C-Section. (They are terrible whelpers, quite often developing uterine inertia during delivery, which ends up with the bitch requiring a C-Section anyways.) Before I even have pups on the ground, I've run up a bill of close to $6,000.00. This doesn't include the stuff after the pups are born, (feeding, etc.); nor the travelling, showing, genetic testing, etc.

What health problems are in the breed? I think I've seen just about everything pop up in the breed at some point. But, the most common problems are: reproductive; orthopedic, (hip and elbow dysplasia in particular); and eye disorders, (of particular concern here, is PRA). PRA is not really a common problem, but rather a very serious problem that eventually causes blindness in your dog. PRA stands for Progressive Retinal Atrophy. We are doing automatic heart checks now, as this is an increasing problem in the breed.  We are also seeing cystinuria and CMR.

What testing should be done on breeding dogs?
The breeding dogs should be certified clear of hip and elbow dysplasia from either the Ontario Veterinary College, (OVC), or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, (OFA). It should also have its eyes checked by a certified opthamologist after the age of two. (Some breeders will test annually.) If the results are sent in along with a fee, they are recorded with the Canine Eye Registry Foundation, (CERF). And finally the dog should be DNA tested for PRA; or be clear by way of tested parents. (This will verify that not only does your dog not have PRA, but it won't develop it in its' lifetime, nor pass it along to any offspring.) Other tests vary from breeder to breeder and can include: heart checks; patella checks; vWD, (von Willebrand Disease - a blood clotting disorder); cystinuria, (a urinary stone problem); CMR; and thyroid checks. Despite dogs being tested, it is still possible for some of these problems to occur in the pups - it just lessens the chances.

Do they drool?
YES!!! Any dog with a mouth like the Mastiff will drool. It is most prevalent when they eat, drink or are excessively hot. Feed and water them outside; keep an old towel by the door to dry off the mouth; and keep them cool. Of course if you feed them human food/tidbits, like Pavlov's dog, they'll turn into Niagara Falls anticipating a snack!

Do they enjoy the car?
Most do. They just love being with their family! They're usually well-behaved in the car, after being shown proper behaviour.  It is a good idea to travel with your dog in a secured crate and/or a doggy seat belt.