begins with a beautiful apricot lady named Gracie. We have always
loved large dogs and were intrigued with the St. Bernard personality
but we didn't want to deal with all the hair in the Central Texas
heat. We started doing some research and loved what we had read
about mastiffs, however, we thought they might be too big! We
knew we wanted to adopt an older dog and searched the Mastiff Rescue
pages and came across a girl that just seemed perfect for our
situation. She was an older girl, only 100lbs and was being
fostered in the same city as we lived. The minute we saw her
picture and read her bio, we knew she was ours and within an hour, our
application had been faxed to the rescue coordinator. Gracie was
everything we wanted in a dog: sweet, loving and laid back.
Unfortunately, she wasn't the healthiest nor was she friendly with
other dogs. Her foster parents told us we shouldn't have another
dog while Gracie was with us, as she wouldn't get along with them. That
was ok, because we only wanted one dog... or so we thought!
We wanted a pet but got bit with the show bug :-) We found that we really enjoy showing and learning about more and more about the the breed. We eventually started breeding, and co-bred our first two breedings with Cider. Cider's first breeding was co-bred with Karen Flocker, her breeder. Her second breeding was co-bred with Karen as well as Bridgette Hewitt and Jennifer Reed of After Hours Mastiffs. Having the experience of co-breeding litters with them have taught me so much about how to breed responsibly, taking account health, temperament and conformation. Karen also taught us quite a bit on how to socialize puppies in the whelping box (which we really enjoy!). I think these experiences w/ a mentor have taught us how to be better breeders and I thank everyone, especially Karen so much for allowing me to be part of her mastiff family.
are family and we believe in trying to produce the most well-adjusted,
healthy Mastiffs that fit the standard as closely as possible. Our
dogs are pets first and we love taking them out and doing obedience
work with them. Our dogs have dabbled in Rally, Agility, Lure Coursing,
Tracking, and Carting. We also show and health test all our
breeding animals and only breed those that we feel will have something
to offer the breed.
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