When buying an American Mastiff puppy, there are many factors that need to be considered for you and your family, it is also important to keep in mind the requirements of the breed which you are selecting. Should you buy a male or a female? Do you have children? If so, you should consider the ages of your children when selecting a puppy. CKC provides a list of available breed books under the home page selection DOG BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. You can also check with your local public library which offers many breed books and other reading material. The investment of the time spent before purchasing an American Mastiff puppy will be rewarded many times over as this puppy will become a member of the family.
You should never buy a puppy based on the registration paperwork alone. As the buyer of an American Mastiff puppy, it is your responsibility to carefully examine the puppy, gather as much information as you can about the sire and dam, and know something about the integrity of the person or business from which you are buying the puppy. After purchasing your puppy, you should carry it to a licensed veterinarian for a health examination. When we receive an application at CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB, and issue a certificate of registration on any dog or puppy, this is not a guarantee of the health or the quality of the puppy or dog. It is your responsibility to make sure the puppy is of good quality and is healthy at the time of purchase.
It is important to keep your puppy warm after bringing it home. Since it is accustomed to being near it mother and, consider placing a hot water bottle in the puppy’s bed; it should be filled with warm water and wrapped in a towel. To further comfort the puppy, you can simulate the mother’s heartbeat by wrapping a ticking clock in a towel and placing it near the puppy. Gradually adjust your puppy to cooler temperatures as it gets older.
Bring your puppy to a veterinarian for it initial checkup. Find out from the breeder which shots have been administered, as well as worming information. Initial vaccinations will not guarantee that your puppy will be immune, but the entire series of vaccinations must be completed in order to protect your puppy from disease. During this time, it is best to keep your puppy away from other animals which are not current on their vaccinations.
Keep poisonous substances out of your dog’s reach, including insecticides, household detergents, and household plants. Some indoor plants such as English ivy, dieffenbachia, philodendron, and caladium are poisonous; so don’t let your puppy chew or play with their leaves. A veterinarian can give you a list of hazardous plants and other toxins.
Provide a quiet place to feed and house your puppy. It is important to find an area that the puppy will feel secure, free from traffic and drafts. Do not change the puppy’s food without consulting with your veterinarian; and refrain from feeding table scraps as this can cause intestinal problems.
Initially your puppy needs plenty of rest, so handling and playtime should be kept to a minimum. If you have children, be sure to instruct them on the proper way in which to pick up and hold the puppy; a puppy should never be picked up by its front legs or neck. Be consistent and patient with your puppy; it will reward you with unconditional love and companionship.