Brava will soon be coming to us from Duelos y Quebrantos Ranch and Kennel in Cantabria, Spain. We are very excited about this new addition to our bloodlines as Francisco Diaz has been breeding some of the most fabulous working and confirmation Spanish Mastiffs in Spain for 30 years. We can’t wait to meet you Brava!
In this video, you can really see pack dynamics at work. Cabo, our 6 month old Spanish import is still a baby himself and really enjoys playing with the puppies. Sele, will allow this until things get a little too rough, then she gently corrects Cabo and stays in the area to supervise the play. Cabo, who like our puppies, has been pack -raised from birth, is respectful of her wishes. The puppies are also getting a lesson as they learn to interact with older dogs in a respectful manner, a characteristic that is important for a puppy going to a new home with older, established dogs. When looking for a livestock guardian puppy, so often a buyer does not have the opportunity to observe interactions in person, so it is important to be able to view your puppies and their parents in different media forms, interacting with various pack members and livestock animals to insure you are getting a healthy puppy from healthy parents. A puppy that is confident when introduced to new experiences. One of the reasons we only breed Spring puppies is because they are able to have these experiences in both enclosed and open areas, and are able to be comfortable moving around in a bigger world during this time. This is something that is more difficult to achieve when the temperatures drop well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and both livestock and dogs are spending most of their time in a more enclosed area.
While being raised in a pack is an important element for a livestock guardian puppy, there are other elements that are equally important in order to produce a confident, and well balanced puppy. Exposure to a variety of livestock animals is one such element. In this video, you can see this litter of Spanish Mastiff x puppies is learning to live with a mother goat and her kids, chickens in one pen attached to their yard, and sheep on the other side of the fence. They have been living here for the past couple of weeks, and in a couple of days, at the age of 7 weeks old, they will graduate to the bigger pasture where they will spend their days with our ewes and their lambs. Enjoy the video, Part Two coming up next!
At six weeks old these Spanish Mastiff x puppies are ready to include appropriately sized meaty bones to their existing diet of ground beef, lamb, eggs raw goats milk and of course, high grade large breed puppy kibble, we feed Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy.
Thank you so much to Mastines de Abelgas for their willingness to trust their bloodlines to us! This is their FB page https://www.facebook.com/Mastines-de-Abelgas-1379129852343425/?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/ganaderia.fial?fref=ts