This page will hopefully guide you in realizing what
YOU, as a Bullmastiff puppy buyer, are ENTITLED to at the very least from any Breeder.
- Open Door Policy: The breeder you choose to buy
from should have an "open door policy" for any questions you may have. No
questions is a stupid question. A RESPONSIBLE Breeder will be willing to answer ANY
question or concern you have about the Bullmastiff breed without hesitation, without
putting you down, and without feeling insulted themselves. RESPONSIBLE Breeders
realize that you are there to learn and may not necessarily be an expert such as they may
- Compare Breeders & Contracts: Comparison shop
between breeders and, if contracts are involved, review the different contracts each
breeder has to offer. Every contract will differ between breeders. Different
contracts may be used by the same breeder for "show quality" and "pet
- Get It In Writing: A written contract is
preferred. It should explicitly define what you and the breeder are responsible for.
Refer to the hotlink "Desirable Answers" for a more
specific analysis, but a fair contract would generally include things such as:
- Returning the Bullmastiff to the breeder should you not be able to care
for it any longer no matter the condition of the Bullmastiff.
- Restrictions on the proper care and confinement of your Bullmastiff.
- Genetic problems the breeder
will assume "some" responsibility for should your Bullmastiff come down with
something like crippling hip dysplasia. This will usually cover for the first year
or two of the Bullmastiff's life. Remember, it is unrealistic for any Breeder to
guarantee that your Bullmastiff will be in top condition for the rest of his/hers life.
- Spaying/neutering or breeding restrictions.
Spotting a RESPONSIBLE Breeder becomes relatively obvious once the two
of you get to talking. A RESPONSIBLE Breeder will be very interested in you and your
family outside of just selling you a Bullmastiff puppy. Expect the breeder to get
just as nosy about you and your family as you should be getting with them. Both you
and the Bullmastiff breeder you ultimately choose to buy from, should hold the same ideals
as to what you both want from that cute little Bullem puppy. After all, once you
exchange money, your investment should include the Bullmastiff puppy AND the Breeder's
full support during the life of that Bullmastiff.