King Hill Mastiffs
Choosing a Good Breeder



Deciding to purchase a puppy can be exciting However, finding a good breeder can definitely be more difficult. Dog breeders can be found anywhere in newspapers, magazine ads, on the internet and all dog breeders are not alike. Some puppy mills, commercial kennels and backyard breeders advertise "family raised" or "championship titles" or AKC registration as sales tactics when in fact most of these breeders have outside kennels where their dogs spend the entire day in a cage or live in environments that lacks any cleanliness or loving care. Sadly, these dogs only live to reproduce litters for unsuspecting buyers. Your new addition will become an emotional attachment and we encourage you to talk to various breeders, check references and make sure that you have a purchase agreement that is fair for you and your puppy. Choosing a good breeder means that your potential puppy came from a solid foundation and will be more likely to adjust smoothly and make dog ownership a fun and enjoyable experience. One of the hardest things for many puppy buyers is that a reputable breeder does not usually have more than one or two litters each year so puppies will not always be available and you may have to wait. IMPORTANT:No matter who you choose to purchase a puppy from, please demand proof of pedigree/AKC registration & copies of all health screens.It is also a very good idea to verify a breeder is in good standing with the parent breed club or local mastiff organizations.

Why Choose King Hill Mastiffs?
* We breed to improve and strive towards excellence
* We take full responsibility for each and every puppy that we reproduce and offer a life time guarantee.
* We are a forever student of this breed and believe that information not shared is worthless.
* We practice a very discipline selection process towards our OWN breeding goals.
* We do not breed unless we intend to keep a puppy for our future.
* We are members of various breed clubs and support rescue efforts.
* We are not easily influenced by what other breeders are doing.
* We do NOT inbreed!
* We fully health test all of our breeding candidates
* Most importantly we have never had a King Hill Mastiff end up in rescue or made any puppy family unhappy!

Do your research before you buy a puppy

Please do not buy a puppy from a puppy mill, pet shop or backyard breeder. Purchasing a puppy that is less expensive, readily available or more convenient can make the decision much easier. However, these puppies will cost you more money, problems and heartbreak in the future. When looking to add a puppy to your life make sure you comparison shop, talk with several breeders, look for quality, health and pedigree but most importantly look for a breeder whom you feel is ethical. If you definitely want a puppy, it is important to investigate the breeder you are thinking about buying from. Don't be fooled by commercial kennels that advertise championship titles or boast on accomplishments. Keep in mind that even puppy mills will have a nice place to "sell" their animals. They may keep the animals in a place separate from their residence. Make sure you do a FULL INVESTIGATION before purchasing from a breeder. Sometimes there are big pitfalls, huge losses and expenditures and It's always better to get recommendations and not assume. Please email or call us for more information. We are always happy to assist you in finding a good breeder and the right mastiff.

Internet Scams and Puppy Brokers

Because of the emotional investment in buying a puppy, scammers can take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. If you locate a breeder through a web site, do not send money without speaking to the breeder and checking references and credentials. Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC affiliated club and contact the club to verify membership (Mastiff Club Of America). A broker is a website that offers numerous puppies for sale. They are similar to pet stores, because they heavily advertise puppies for sale on the internet. Backyard breeders and puppy mills pay the broker to list their puppy for sale, and when the dog sells the broker gets a commission. Same reasons as above, no ethical breeder would sell their puppies in this fashion. Take caution with anyone advertising pedigree puppies at a ridiculous low price.

Categories of Breeders

In efforts To help recognize the differences among various breeders and other sources that sell or place dogs with the public, the following categories may be useful. Like all attempts at labeling, the categories that are described below represent generalities that won't be true for every case. Puppy buyers are urged to do their homework and use a good measure of common sense.
Breed enthusiasts (also known as show breeders, purebred dog fanciers, hobbyists and responsible breeders) who follow breed club guidelines and codes of ethics. Breed enthusiasts are motivated by several factors: Love of a breed; a desire to contribute to the improvement of breed health and performance skills; enjoyment of breed competitions and sports; and pleasure in the company of other breed and dog admirers. Breed enthusiasts who join dog clubs breed for health, temperament and breed type; screen their breeding stock for genetic abnormalities; become knowledgeable about breed history and bloodlines; provide appropriate health care and housing for adult dogs and puppies; raise, train, and socialize puppies in their homes; participate in dog shows so their dogs can be evaluated for adherence to specific breed standards of excellence and for performance ability; and help with public education efforts promoted by national and local dog organizations. Breed enthusiasts are sometimes called "responsible dog breeders."
Performance dog breeders are hobbyists, sportsmen, or service dog organizations that breed dogs primarily to do a job or participate in a sport. They breed dogs for the temperament and ability to serve as working companions for handicapped owners, or produce hunting dogs, herding dogs, guarding dogs, racing dogs, sled dogs, and dogs with the temperament and stamina to participate in schutzhund and other sports. These breeders concentrate on health and ability in producing high-energy, high-drive dogs that are good at their jobs but which may not always be satisfactory as family pets because of their Type A, workaholic personalities. Therefore, responsible performance dog breeders take extra care in placing their puppies as pets.
Casual breeders are the other non-commercial breeders who raise dogs in their homes and sell directly to the public. Known pejoratively as "backyard breeders," casual breeders breed litters so children or other family members can witness a birth; because they mistakenly believe that a female dog needs a litter to be 'fulfilled,' because they hope to earn a little extra money and haven't yet learned that litters often cost more than they bring in; and because they did not neuter their pets or keep them properly confined.
Commercial breeders sell dogs as a business through large kennels, pet stores, national magazine ads, newspaper ads, and over the Internet. Commercial breeders may be regulated or non-regulated. They may produce a single breed or multiple breeds, including crossbreeds. They may keep as few as three breeding females or as many as several hundred. They may sell to pet stores for resale or they may sell directly to consumers from their kennels or through magazine, newspaper or Internet ads. Some people use the term puppy mill and commercial kennel synonymously implying that all commercial breeding is conducted in filthy, substandard facilities where animal health and well-being are neglected and breeding stock is abused. That is not the case, some commercial kennels are state of the art facilities producing healthy, well-socialized puppies to sell to pet stores or directly to the public. Endless debate ensues when discussing the various grey areas surrounding the issue of "commercial breeders". Often commercial kennels will compromise ethical practice for profit.
Pet stores are retailers that fill a niche for buyers who cannot find a private breeder with puppies available in their community or surrounding area and those who do not want to wait for a puppy from a responsible in-home breeder.
Puppy mills are substandard breeding operations run by people with little concern for the welfare of their puppies or their breeding stock. Medical care is scarce; socialization and good nutrition are non-existent. Puppy mill dogs are typically in poor condition and live in kennels that are rundown and filthy. Dogs may be confined to small cages like rabbit hutches; puppies may be raised or displayed in shopping carts. When AKC inspectors find such kennels, they suspend registration privileges of the owners and report the conditions to area authorities. When USDA inspectors come across such kennels that sell puppies to pet stores or to other commercial kennels, they use the federal Animal Welfare Act to suspend or revoke licenses and assess fines. Only a few states have kennel licensing and inspections programs because few states are home to large numbers of commercial kennels that produce a high volume of animals for sale as pets.
One person's top breeder is another person's puppy mill.