We are not currently breeding, but we decided to leave this page up
to provide information to puppy buyers.
PUPPY BUYERS AND PUPS
We keep a permanent record of everyone that we have talked with concerning puppies. I send everyone an application which they are asked to fill out and return. This helps me to determine if they are suitable candidates for owning a Mastiff and gives us a feel for how the puppy will be treated and what the pup was purchased for in the first place. We ask that you answer the questions honestly, even if you feel silly!
We try to provide as much information as possible about the breed so that potential puppy buyers can make an informed decision and determine exactly what they want in their puppy. It's very detailed, down to the toenail color. After reviewing the questionnaires and evaluating the temperaments and type of the litter, we and the buyer go over each pup and determine which one would be best for them. We want our puppies to be a companions first, then possibly show/breeding animals if they measure up to the standard and pass all of the testing. Our puppies are occasionally sold to other breeders for the express intent of improving their bloodlines and adding genetic soundness to their kennel. All of our pet quality pups are sold on a limited registration with a spay/neuter contract. Any pup intended for breeding in the future is sold on a show contract, with specific requirements for testing.
Often, a litter or specific color or sex is not available at
the time of the inquiry, or those calling are just trying to do
their homework and find out what will be available in the future.
We then add you to the waiting list for a future litter and contact
you when the litter is born. If a family is waiting for a pup
from a specific breeding, they will be notified when the
bitch is confirmed pregnant. If the pup that a family was waiting
for is not in a specific litter, then they are notified and given
the option of choosing a different pup or waiting for another
litter. We often refer buyers to other responsible breeders who
may have just the pup they are looking for.
Show vs. Pet
We are often asked, "why are show quality more expensive
than pet quality". Our opinion is that there are many areas
that make that determination. First there is type and looks.
A puppy with the least faults has the most potential to win in
the show ring, and hopefully will pass on their good points to
their offspring. Second, is temperament. Some beautiful pups
have a perfect pet temperament and do not want to become career "show"
dogs. Since most of our
dogs have the perfect pet temperament, we get mostly "pet"
quality puppies. Actually, that is the most desirable temperament
to have. It means a well balanced, stable, pup, that will make
a fine companion. There are a lot of titled dogs out there that
in our opinion, do not meet the criteria for the correct Mastiff
have the "up" temperament to win in the ring
but do not have the true mastiff temperament.
genetic defects or flaws such as eye problems, coloration, tail kinks,
coat length, etc. We prefer not to sell even the most gorgeous pup as a
show prospect if it has a genetic defect that is apparent at the time of
A lot of people are under the impression that "pet" means less than perfect when actually, the pet temperament is a perfect temperament. A pet dog is a socialized domestic dog which is friendly towards all people, other dogs and other animals, and has been raised and trained to live as a household companion. Unfortunately, the majority of kennel reared dogs do not fit this description. It is our opinion that all dogs should be pets first and show dogs second. When we plan a breeding, we strive to breed only the best pet temperaments to produce 100% pets. Hopefully, about 50% will also be considered as show quality physically, 10% of which may become champions. Ideally, all of our pups would be show quality and have a perfect temperament, but, unfortunately, we all know this is rarely true. Anyone who says that ALL of their pups are show quality either have a rare and exceptional litter or are embellishing the truth. We hope that all of our pups will at least earn their CGC title, and ideally will go on to earn a TDI, CD or champion title.
Our puppies are raised in
our house, with all of the noise and commotion that that entails.
Puppies reared outside in kennels do not get the attention and
socialization that home reared pups get. We try to have all of
our pups socialized to children and other animals before they
go to their new homes. Each pup is played with, and we have puppy
parties as often as possible where several people come over with
their children and play with the puppies. It is our goal to produce
the best tempered pups available, and to have them become the
perfect companion for each home they are placed with.
We do not sell any pup for the specific purpose of becomming a guard
or watch dog as we feel that Mastiffs should be family companions.
Mastiffs are not suited for formal guard dog training and especially
do not have the correct temperament for attack training. A properly
cared for and socialized Mastiff will bond to it's owners and family
and generally will protect the family naturally against an intruder
or threat. You do not want your Mastiff to protect you from friends
and the neighbors children! A well adjusted Mastiff will know the
difference and not be "guardy" except when the situation actually
calls for it. Please allow you Mastiff to develop it's natural
instincts and do not expect a 6 month old pup to guard your house.
For more information of Mastiff temperament see the article in the
Mastiff Reporter and the
All of our puppies are not only personality tested, but also
CERF'd and microchipped before they leave. The microchips are
registered to us and the new owner is provided with a form to
register the chip number in their name. A copy of the CERF exam
sheet is sent with each pup and we pay for the registering of
the puppies first CERF and send it in for you as soon as we
know the registered name of the pup. Having a pup
CERF'd before leaving will help determine the status of the pup,
be it pet or show potential. Puppies can have various problems
such as retinal folds, persistent puppilary membranes, entropion
or ectropion, cataracts, etc. We prefer not to sell a pup with an eye problem
as show/breeding potential. Since all of our breeding
dogs are CERF'd annually and serious genetic eye defects are weeded
out of our program, most puppies CERF normal. Occasionally we
have one or two with a few retinal folds, but it is rare.
Whenever possible, the puppies are also vWD (vonWillebrands)
tested and the new owner provided with a copy of the report.
You will be provided with all test results on the entire litter
if you wish, and we encourage buyers to share info with the other
buyers of the litter mates. If you wish to keep in touch with
the other buyers, a list of names, addresses and phone numbers
will be provided.
Puppy Info Pack
We have put together a comprehensive puppy raising pack that
comes in a three ring binder and is now over 200 pages. It is
divided into 5 sections, feeding, training, health, testing, and
miscellaneous. Just about everything you need to know to raise
and train your pup is included and more info is added all the time
as new situations arise that were not previously addressed. The
puppy pack is indexed for quick reference. We have also included
what is called Helpful Hints, which is an assortment of things
that we have learned over the years. We encourage communication
between you and us so that you may overcome any problems and have
a long and happy life with your puppy. Remember, no question
is to minor and if you do not understand a particular article
or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.
We also ask that you make suggestions and share experiences so
that others may learn also.
Our puppies are priced in two basic categories, pet and show. Pet puppies are an average of $1,000.00 each. Some litters are priced higher and some a little lower, depending on the pups. A show potential pup sold as a pet only will be at the higher end of the scale, usually $1,200.00. Sometimes there is a pup or two that have an abundance of faults such as four white feet, a long coat, small navel hernia, or maybe is the smallest of the litter. These may be priced less than the others, usually around $800.
Our show puppies start at $1,500 and can go up to $2,500 or more. The price depends on which litter, the titles of the parents, who the parents are, and if I will even part with the pup in the first place. Occasionally buyers are not sure if they want a show or a pet pup, or they cannot afford a show pup at this time. In these cases we try to place with them the best pup that we can according to their criteria. If, in the future, that pup turns out to be "show quality" and the owner wants to show or breed, we can write up a show contract with all that it entails - the buyer pays the difference between pet and show for that litter and the AKC papers are changed to full registration. The pup must first have had it's hips, elbows and eyes tested before any consideration is given to switching the pup to show status. This method enables a buyer to get to know the Mastiff breed and decide if showing or breeding is right for them. It also allows for the least initial investment in the event that they decide to just have a Mastiff as a pet. The price difference will be determined at the time of the sale.
Our advice to everyone is to buy as good a quality as you possible
can. Remember, it will cost the same amount of money to raise,
train, vaccinate, feed, and take care of a good quality pup as
one of lesser quality. Actually, it costs less to raise a good
pup in the long run due to the expense of health problems in a
poor quality pup from untested parents.
Payments and Deposits
Puppies must be paid for at least a week before they leave.
This give us time to purchase the crate, get a health certificate,
make airline reservations if needed, and schedule a date. We do not accept
credit cards since we are not set up as a business. When you
decide to purchase a Monarch Mastiff, we ask that you send a deposit
to hold your pup. The minimum deposit is $200.00, but of course
you can pay more. All deposits are refundable up until a week
before the pup is due to leave, unless you have already received
your puppy pack. If the puppy pack has already been sent out,
then we retain $100.00 to cover the cost of replacing it. If
you are picking your pup up personally, then you may pay the balance
due when you arrive. You may also send in payments while you
are waiting for the pup to reach eight weeks or whatever time
we have agreed upon to ship. We do not take deposits on pups
that are not born yet and generally would prefer to wait until
the pup is several weeks old.
We do offer to ship your puppy if you are unable to pick it up personally. If at all possible, we prefer to ship by the counter-to-counter method. We use Delta Dash, Continental, and American Airlines. We have shipped pups in the past and so far have had only good experiences with the airlines. In many cases it is actually easier on the puppy to ship it by air than for it to have to travel long distances in a car. In order to ship a pup, it must be at least eight weeks old and have a current health certificate issued by a veterinarian. The price for a shipping crate depends on the size of the puppy. Normally, we simply charge a flat rate of $250-$300 depending on the weight of the pup and size of the crate being' shipped. That covers the air fare, health certificate and crate. Older pups that must go in a crate larger than a #300 size may have a higher freight charge, or lower if we use regular cargo instead of 'Dash'. With a "Dash" shipment there normally will not be any weather restrictions such as to hot or to cold. Sending regular cargo is weather dependent as well as taking the chance that the pup may wind up delayed at a transfer point, must be taken to the air port two hours early, and often takes up to two hours before arriving at the receiving cargo terminal. "Dash" is guaranteed to make the transfers and are offloaded and carried by hand to the terminal so arrive much sooner.