Be assured that you
will never find UKMASC puppies advertised for sale on internet
puppy-finding websites. The only place that UK MAS puppies are
mentioned are on this website, or on the breeder's individual websites.
Acquiring a MAS can be a lengthy process. Because all our dogs are also
much-loved family pets and house-dogs, we do not re-home or sell our
adults or ex-breeding stock. As our dogs are our pets and our working
companions we don't breed very often, and the wait can be considerable.
All good things come to he who waits however, and we happen to think
these special dogs are worth every minute.
UKMASC breeders have only occasional litters, and all maintain waiting
lists. Expect to fill in an application form, answer a lot of questions
and have several long phone or email conversations with your chosen
breeder, before you will be accepted onto a waiting list. This isn't
personal, the breeder is just doing their best to match the right pup
with the right forever home.
Click on the logos or the kennel names to visit the websites.
The following UKMASC
members are active breeders or have breeding plans within the current
club year (January -December annually)
|~ None currently breeding ~
Puppies are cute -
they're born that way. But before considering a lifetime with a MAS
please take the time to answer the following questions honestly
, to yourself.
Can you ...
- Keep your dog busy enough to stay out of trouble? MAS are very
intelligent and will find ways to entertain and exercise themselves if
you don't. An MAS' idea of entertaining himself will include
barking, chewing, digging and possibly escaping.
- Manage a physically powerful dog that has strong guarding
instincts, may be reserved with strangers and see it as his 'duty' to
protect his family?
- Handle a dog that may chase and herd livestock and people, if not properly trained?
- Stand having a constant companion, in absolutely everything you do, all day, every day? MAS are extremely devoted.
- Commit to train your puppy from the day it arrives home? Do you
have the skill and dedication to transform an unruly puppy into a
- Commit to at least an hour of daily exercise such as walks, ball-throwing or frisbee, whatever the weather?
- Train your puppy not to chase children and nip at heels? Some
dogs can become overstimulated by the noise and activity levels of
- Properly and thoroughly socialise your puppy from a young age? An untrained, under-socialised MAS is a ticking time-bomb.
- Groom your dog thoroughly every other week for the next decade or
more? MAS have a thick double-coat and this will shed heavily if not
MAS are a very big commitment to live with and to train. However, they
are intelligent, loyal, devoted and affectionate to a great degree.
Every minute of your time and every ounce of your attention and
dedication, will be repaid a thousandfold by your dog. Your
relationship with this breed of dog is like a mirror; the more light
you shine on it, the more bounces back and lights up your life.
How do you know if
the breeder you have contacted is a person of integrity, committed to
bettering their breed? It can be hard to tell, especially if this is
the first time you’ve sought out a purebred breeder. Here are a few
guidelines to help you make that decision.
(Originally from: Woodhaven Labradors, adapted by UKMASC)
- A reputable breeder will not release puppies earlier than eight weeks of age.
- A reputable breeder requires a sales contract. The detail varies
from breeder to breeder, but usually spells out the rights of seller
and buyer, health information and buy-back/return policy.
- A reputable breeder shows an extensive interest in, love for and
knowledge of the breed. They care deeply about placing puppies in good
homes and will interview potential buyers thoroughly, ask for
references and refuse to sell a dog if necessary.
- A reputable breeder is well-informed about health issues in the
breed, routinely tests all breeding stock for problems and passes this
information along to buyers. Beware of breeders who scoff at genetic
testing and say their particular breed or line is problem-free. Ask for
proof of health testing, which should as an absolute minimum, include
eye and hip clearances certificates for both parents.
- A reputable breeder will know the dogs’ pedigrees well. All lines
have faults of some description or another. The breeder should know the
faults their own lines may carry and be able to discuss these in depth
and advise you of all implications.
- The environment in which the breeder keeps their dogs and puppies
should be clean and well-maintained. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS ON THIS!
- A reputable breeder is actively involved in the dog world, including working or breed clubs.
- A reputable breeder is willing to provide answers to questions
you may have and is willing to provide names of others who have
- A reputable breeder will allow you to meet the puppy’s parents or, if the father isn’t available, be willing to show pictures.
- A reputable breeder follows up on puppies. They are keenly
interested to know how the pups develop physically and mentally, and
any difficulties in the owner-dog relationship and health problems.
- A reputable breeder rarely has more than one litter a year, possibly two.
- Due to the time, the energy and intelligence of this breed, a
reputable breeder will limit themselves to the number of dogs that they
can realistically build a loving relationship and partnership with.
To completely answer
this question you must have an understanding of what goes in to raising
a litter of healthy pups. No dog owner with a conscience, goes into
breeding with the idea of making a profit. Most breeders break even on
a litter if they are lucky - litters are most often raised at a slight
financial loss and certainly a huge cost in time, love and devotion.
When setting a price for a pup, the breeder must take into account what
it costs to maintain the female for a year, the cost of stud fees and
transport and ante-natal care and not least the cost to properly whelp,
socialise, train, and produce a health-tested litter.
The price a UKMASC breeder will charge is for fully registered puppies
with all records, registries, parents titles, lines and kennel breeding
history available for all to see. These pups additionally come with a
guarantee as to clearances for certain health defects, depending on the
testing of the parents.
The finer points of pricing may also depend on the kennel you are
selecting a puppy from. If the puppy is from a show champion (Ch),
working trials champion (WTCh), obedience champion (ObCh), or agility
champion (AgCh), etc, the price will expected to reflect this.
There is also the matter of ongoing after-sales support, which
UKMASC 5* breeders provide unreservedly. This is effectively a promise
of twelve or more years of 24-7 back-up; access to practical advice, physical assistance or even emergency cover and
rescue. Would you yourself guarantee to be on call
night and day for your professional services, for less than 23p a day
for the next
When picking a puppy, remember the old adage that if the price seems
too good to be true, it probably is. Breeders that breed for the money
will not have a full set of health checks done on their dogs, will vary
the price of puppies based on gender, coat or eye colour etc and will
not spend the extra time on socialisation, testing, and training.
Sadly, there will always be bargain-hunters who believe there is
financial advantage in buying a puppy that has no guarantees behind it
and no loving and caring home from which to start it's life's adventure.