At seven weeks old, the pups go for their first swim. Supervision is a must when pups this young are swimming for the first time. Mastiffs do not swim well, so we always keep one hand under the belly. This is done as a socializing exercise—to make them know they can survive anything, and trust us.
It was a hot day and the pups enjoyed cooling off in the little pool.
If puppies are going to spend time outdoors during the summer months, shade is a MUST!
See the difference in coat types between these two Mastiff pups from the same litter, from smooth to soft and fluffy.
Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.