|Books / Video's
A message to aspiring Breeders &
consistent combination of soundness AND type should be your goal as a breeder.
It is paramount that you criticize your own stock relentlessly, and
never show an unsound dog.
I love books. A good book is always a good
book. With continuing advances in technology it stands to reason that
much of the information in reference books may become obsolete. The
more you read and understand, the more you can absorb as you continue your
research, and of course, you must remember that....just because you see it
in print does not make it fact.
I have an extensive library of reference
books and videos ranging from the latest in print to those "goldmines" now long
out-of-print. Anyone who aspires to become a Breeder should be
required to read the following titles:
is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his
love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his
heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
There are many books on the Mastiff Breed
with more being written as the Breed gains in popularity. I deem these
to be among the best of those currently available:
|The Mastiff, Aristocratic Guardian,
by dee dee Andersson, 1998 Doral Publishing |
|The History and Management of the Mastiff,
2nd Edition, by Elizabeth J Baxter & Patricia B. Hoffman, , 2004 Dogwise Publishing|
|Mastiff Images, by Hans Rosingh, 2003
Mastiff Images should be required
reading by any aspiring breeder purely for the collection of photographs of
TRUELY TYPEY Mastiffs of all ages, engaged in all activities. So many
breeders today think they have the "true Old English type" but if their dogs
do not possess the proportions, bone and substance of many of those pictured
in Mastiff Images (say, pages 64,65), they are kidding
themselves. I wish ALL my dogs looked that way.
|AKC Breed Video, The Mastiff, is an
excellent reference for breeders, exhibitors and judges.|
There are already so many excellent sites of information on the breed
available through the internet that I will be brief here.
If you are not sure if the breed is for you there are a few basic things
you must know before you decide. Please check out the links and sources I have
provided from some of the excellent information available through the efforts
|Genetics; The nuts and bolts:
I feel these three books should be required
reading. The simple Mendellian genetics introduced in the average dog
breeding book is not enough.
|Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, by
George A. Padgett, DVM, 1998 Howell Book House|
|A Breeder's Guide To Genetics, by
Ingrid Wood & Denise Como, 2004 published by Authors|
|Future Dog, by Patricia J. Wilkie, 1999
AKC Health Foundation|
|Genetics, An Introduction for Dog
Breeders, by Jackie Isabell, 2002 Alpine Publications|
||Living with a Mastiff
This is a gigantic dog! Pretty much the biggest breed of all. Many people
confuse the Mastiff with the Bullmastiff, which is much smaller. A Bullmastiff
is about the size of a Rottweiler, while a Mastiff can easily be 100 pounds
Mastiffs are incredibly loyal and sensitive. They are naturally protective,
but not aggressive. They are house dogs! They are not backyard or kennel dogs,
and they do not do well in temperature extremes. Cold climates need heat, and
hot climates need A/C.
Mastiffs are generally quiet and well behaved in the house and usually get
along well with other pets. The majority will stick close to home and prefer
to watch their humans at work or play, rather than roam the neighborhood.
|Structure & Movement:
All of these titles have their place and
should be required reading but since they venture into a field of continuing
discovery they occasionally contradict one another. The most important thing
to learn is that you must never stop learning. In fact, the more you
learn, the more you can learn.
|An Eye For A Dog, by Robert W
Cole, 2004 Dogwise|
|Dogsteps, A New Look, by Rachel
Page Elliot, (3rd
edition 2001) Doral Publishing|
|The Dog In Action, by McDowell
Lyon, (Original copywright in 1950; 18th printing 1988) Howell Book House|
|The Dynamics of Canine Gait, by Leon
Hollenbeck, 1971, published by Author|
|K-9 structure & Terminology, by E.M.
Gilbert,Jr. & Thelma R. Brown, 1995 Howell Book House|
|Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis, by
Curtis M. Brown, 1986 Hoflin Publishing|
|Dogs, A Profession or a Hobby (Vols 1 &
2) by Catherine (Casey) Gardiner & E.S. Gibson , 1975 Canine Consultants
|Principles of Conformation Analysis (Vols
1,2 & 3), (Equine discipline), by Deb Bennett, PhD, 1989 Fleet Street
Publishing (avail through Equus Magazine) |
wanted to include this last title because it is the best publication I have
found that teaches you "how" to see; How to find quality
in an animal.
||A Mastiff does not require acres to run on. In fact, those people who claim
a big dog should not live in the city are those people who depend on a large
yard to make up for the personal love and attention they can’t be bothered
to give. Just as it is for yourself, regular, light exercise is good for your
As can be expected with such a large dog, food and veterinary expenses may
be higher than for a smaller dog, and you will require a suitable vehicle for
transport. The open back of a pick up truck will not do.
Mastiffs drool, some more than others. The drool happens mostly if the dog
is eating or drinking, or if it is especially hot. Some Mastiffs snore, and some
Jerry Shulman photo
|Breeding as an Art:
All the books listed so far represent the
tools you need to "run" your breeding program. The following books challenge
you to "confirm" your goals and plans as a Breeder.
|Born To Win Breed to Succeed, by
Patricia Craige (Trotter), 1997 Doral Publishing|
|Solving the Mysteries of Breed Type, by
Richard Beauchamp, 2002 Doral Publishing|
|Tricks of the Trade, by Pat Hastings,
2000 Dogfolk Enterprises|
|The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog,
by Ann Seranne, 1980 Howell Book House|
The Joy of Breeding... I have to say
is mostly standard and elementary but it does contain a good section on
Breeding Systems and Pedigrees.
In his book, The Mastiff, author John M. Becknell describes the Mastiff in
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MASTIFF
LOVES TO BE INSIDE NEAR HIS OWNERS.
|The Science of Breeding:
Mastiffs rarely conform to the "norm" when it
comes to breeding and whelping. Even something as simple as the
temperature the new pups require in their whelping box, or when to wean them
is different. Nor can you rely entirely on your Vets unless they have
extensive experience with Mastiffs. For your first breeding, a good
mentor will be essential. For these reasons I don't have a list of
books to recommend, except for the ones dealing with; Veterinary
intervention, C-sections, Cytology, Artificial Insemination, etc.
|The Dog Breeder's Guide to Successful
Breeding and Health Management, by Margaret V. Root Kustritz, 2006
Saunders / Elsivier Publishing |
|Canine Reproduction, by Phyllis A
Holst, MS, DVM, 1985 Alpine Publications|
There are 100's of training methods out
there. Many, I'm sorry to say, will leave you with a very untrained
dog. Good Owners, Great Dogs is the best all-around book on dog
obedience that I have ever read. Not only is the content superb, but
the layout is enticing and lavishly illustrated. This book goes beyond basic
obedience - it teaches the reader how to LIVE with a dog.
|Good Owners, Great Dogs, by Brian Kilcommons,
1992, Warner Books|
|Childproofing Your Dog, Kilcommons|
|Dr. Ian Dunbar - (I do not own a title
to recommend but I agree with many of his training practices that I have read).|
|Urban Puppy Tool Kit (urbanpuppy.com)
|Cesar's Way (2006) & Be The
Pack Leader (2007), by Cesar Millan, Three Rivers Press |
Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) does
not teach "obedience", but rather the tools you need for a healthy human
/dog relationship, enabling you to get the most out of your dog.
||If you think the Mastiff is right for you, this site will tell you a little
bit about my Mastiffs. (Mastiffs of Resolute)
Must See Mastiff Links
These are "must see" links (already noted on my links page). Warning,
you could spend all day.
|MCOA FAQ – Answers to frequently asked questions about Mastiffs from
the Mastiff Club of America.|
Stud Dog Register – Excellent articles on
health issues and a stud book complete with photos.|
|Great Sites To Visit –
A mere fragment of dee dee Anderson’s webpage
with an exhaustive list of dog-related topics.|
|I suppose my top picks for a well - rounded
scholar in canine essentials from the perspective of a Breeder are:
- Born to Win, Craige (Trotter)
- Future Dog , Wilkie AND/OR
Genetics, Isabell AND/OR A Breeder's Guide, by Wood & Como
- K-9 Structure & Terminology,
Gilbert & Brown (a fairly complete work that contains
much of the general information you should know but unfortunately is
laid out in a confusing manner)
- Dogsteps, A New Look, Page Elliot
(an elementary introduction to movement yet essential to the neophyte).
- An Eye For A Dog, Cole
(takes you beyond Dogsteps to really help you develop your "eye" for
quality in dogs)
|Most of these
books are available through
Dogwise. (and no, Dogwise is not paying me for this plug)
Next... I shall have to compile a list
of good articles, such as Fred Lanting's writings on
Angulation in the Working Dog.