FINALLY, I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE PUPPY SALES WITH THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE. I AM NOT A BIG TIME BREEDER; NOR A THREAT TO ANY OTHER BREEDER. I AM NOT BREEDING FOR MONEY, OR THE SHOW RING. I AM NOT ABOUT "CONVINCING" YOU TO BUY A PUPPY FROM ME. PEOPLE WANTED ME TO BREED AND I DIDN'T. I JUST HOPE TO SAVE SOMEBODY ALL THE GRIEF AND HEARTACHE I EXPERIENCED WITH AKC SHOW BREEDERS AND TO BE CAREFUL OF THOSE NOW MIGRATING TO UKC IN ORDER TO BOOST THEIR PUPPY SALES. BUY WHAT YOU LIKE BUT BE CAREFUL. MANY PEOPLE HAVE BOUGHT A BREEDING PAIR AND THINK THEY CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY BREEDING. GO TO PUPPYFIND.COM AND YOU WILL SEE PAGES AND PAGES OF TIBETAN MASTIFF PUPPIES BRED WITH UNTESTED PARENTS. YOU ARE IN THE DRIVER SEAT. PRICES ARE DROPPING AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BREEDING. JUST BE SURE YOU MAKE SURE THE HEALTH TESTING HAS BEEN DONE AND THAT YOU LIKE THE DOG. DON'T LISTEN TO SALES PITCHES. LET YOUR HEART PICK YOUR PUPPY. EVERYBODY WILL BE VERY NICE TO YOU. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

HOW TO FIND A GOOD TIBETAN MASTIFF BREEDER

IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN THAT SOME OF THE MOST UNPLEASANT HUMANS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THE BREED TO PROTECT THEIR OWN AGGRESSIVE AND HOSTILE REPUTATIONS AND PROJECT THEM ONTO THEIR EXOTIC CHANGES. THIS SEEMS TO BE A VERY TRUE AND SAD ASSESSMENT WITH THE TIBETAN MASTIFF. THESE ARE GOOD WORDS TO HEED; ESPECIALLY WITH LARGE AKC "corporate puppy mills".

Because of my knowledge and dealings with show people in general; I highly recommend staying away from any breeder who promotes their dogs as "champions". You have eyes and I believe most people will go with what their personal tastes are. I know that I will never deal with any of the breeders near me because of my personal experieces. Many of the AKC show breeders and "elitist" have migrated over to the UKC since many good people are leaving AKC because they are sick of the politics. It's all about marketing and money to them. It is my hope that these folks don't "contaminate" theUKC. Just remember, anybody that breeds more than one breed, is high volume, and pushes showing and membership in clubs are probably somebody you want to stay away from. An elitist is somebody who "thinks" they are better than everybody else and that their dogs are the only good ones. Use your eyes, judgement, and "follow your heart" when choosing a breeder.

Here are a few guidelines when looking at breeders.

Stay away from breeders who are constantly bragging about "championships". Breeding for the showring can lead to all kinds of fraud, corruption, and unethical behaviors such as inbreeding, false pedigrees, and unheatly / unstable dogs. These things are done because there is so much money riding on show dogs that include show, handlling, and other fees. Small "hobby breeders" usually are not concentrating on winning in the ring; therefore it only makes sense that they are more focused on health, temperament, and stability. They are generally more concerned with the dogs rather than being part of "elite" groups and do not incur all the overhead of the show ring. Championships can be bought.

Avoid breeders who breed multiple breeds.

Avoid contracts where you owe puppies back in the future or require showing.

Person in possession of the dog should be listed as the owner.

Avoid highly inbred lines. This is called C.O.I. (co-incidence of inbreeding) Just search the subject and you can find many articles of explanation.

Avoid certain dogs in pedigrees. Certain dogs in some lines can be a problem.

Small "hobboy" breeders seem to be the most ethical

Be wary of "elite" breeder sites that endorse showing and memberships in clubs. People like this usually feel they are better than everybody else. It is not a becoming trait and usually winds up in competition for sales and notoriety. Clubs and showing is no different than any other political organization. It is almost always corrupt and beneficial to those in charge. Do you really want to deal with somebody that admits they are an "elitist" and better than others?

It's never good when people have to breed to make a mortgage payment. That is usually how unethical behavior starts. It usually becomes all about the money and not about the dogs.

Ask to see the results of hip, elbow and thyroid testing on the parents of the litter.

 

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