Affinity Bullmastiffs | Carrie Lane

Purebred Bullmastiff Breeder
Affinity Bullmastiff Puppy - Carrie Lane

 

Interview with Carrie Lane, Breeder of Affinity Bullmastiffs

 

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Carrie Lane: I live in Arizona. I have been in dogs for 24 years, breeding for 11 years.

 

What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

Carrie Lane: My kennel name is Affinity Bullmastiffs. I currently keep two dogs.

Home of the Affinity Bullmastiffs
Home of the Affinity Bullmastiffs

 

Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?

 

Noteworthy winners include:
  • AM/CAN CH INT’L CH Bulhaven’s Maestro d’Amore, NW1, OFA (Maestro)
  • AM GCHB CAN CH MBISS INTL CH Anthracite Bulhaven Olympic Gold of Affinity, OFA, CGC (Serena)
  • AM/CAN CH INT’L CH Affinity’s Making Waves, NW2, CROM, OFA (Splash)
  • AM GCHB MBISS CAN GCH INT’L CH Affinity’s Golden Trident, CHIC (Neptune)
  • AM GCHP BIS MRBIS MBISS MBVIS MBVISS CAN GCH INT’L CH Affinity’s 3 Sheets to the Wind, CA, BROM, CHIC (Tsunami)
  • AM CH BISS CAN CH Affinity’s Love is the 7th Wave, CHIC (Wave)
  • BISS MBPISS BISO/H GCHS INT’L CH Affinity’s Grizzly River Run, CHIC (Grizz)
  • AM GCHB CAN CH INT’L CH Affinity’s Pirates of the Caribbean, NW1, OFA (J’Lo)
  • AM GCHB Affinity’s Crush ‘n’ Gusher, OFA (Crush)
  • AM GCH Affinity’s Gertrude of Ketchakiddee Falls OFA (Gerty)

 

Affinity Bullmastiffs - Carrie Lane
Affinity Bullmastiffs – Carrie Lane

 

Which have been my most influential sires and dams?

 

Influential sires and dams include:
  • AM CH CAN CH INT’L CH Bulhaven’s Maestro d’Amore, NW1, OFA (Maestro)
  • AM GCHB CAN CH MBISS INT’L CH Anthracite Bulhaven Olympic Gold of Affinity, OFA, CGC (Serena)
  • AM CH CAN CH INT’L CH Affinity’s Making Waves, NW2, CROM, OFA (Splash)
  • AM GCHB MBISS CAN GCH INTL CH Affinity’s Golden Trident, CHIC (Neptune)
  • AM GCHP BIS MRBIS MBISS MBVIS MBVISS CAN GCH INTL CH Affinity’s 3 Sheets to the Wind, CA, BROM, CHIC (Tsunami)
  • AM CH BISS CAN CH Affinity’s Love is the 7th Wave, CHIC (Wave)
  • AM GCHB CAN CH INTL CH Affinity’s Pirates of the Caribbean, NW1, OFA (J’Lo)
  • AM GCHB Affinity’s Crush ‘n’ Gusher, OFA (Crush)

 

Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?

Carrie Lane: Prior to downsizing and moving to Arizona, Affinity Bullmastiffs had a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and boarding center in Lynden, Washington. Puppies are always in our home. They are always with my husband, myself, and family members in our home.

Puppies
Affinity Bullmastiff Puppies

 

What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do I make my decisions?

Carrie Lane: We look at the puppies throughout their first 8 weeks; we video them moving, we stack them, we pay attention to personalities and temperaments, we photograph them, and we compare them to one another and to the breed standard. We also temperament test all of our puppies using the Volhard test. Usually by 7 weeks we know who is staying, and who is going to show homes and show-potential homes.

 

Affinity Bullmastiff Puppies
Affinity Bullmastiff Puppies

 

How do I prepare my pups for the show ring? Does my breed require any special preparation?

Carrie Lane: We train five minutes at a time when they’re pups and we encourage our show homes to attend handling classes and expose their pups to lots of different sounds and environments. Bullmastiffs are wash-and-wear!

 Puppy standing on grass
Affinity Bullmastiff Puppy

 

Can I share my thoughts on how my breed is currently presented in the show ring?

Carrie Lane: Over the years, I feel that the Bullmastiff breed has had an increase in popularity and interest, which gives breeders the opportunity to educate the public on the breed. The Bullmastiff is a very capable breed. It has entered into other types of areas that are not generally considered “natural” for the breed, such as competing in Dock Diving, Fast CAT, Barn Hunt, and Nose Work.

 

Are there any health-related concerns within my breed? Any special nutritional needs?

Carrie Lane: As with most giant and large breeds, cancer remains at the top of health concerns for all breeders who are working to improve the breed and leave it in a better place than when they found it. With the development of new genetic testing, the future of the breed, if handled carefully, can improve. We feed a low-protein diet to all of our puppies in order to slow their rapid growth. We encourage the use of joint support supplements to maintain healthy joints and we begin using them once our dogs reach adulthood.

 

In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?

Carrie Lane: Overall, conservation breeders are implementing the latest testing combined with health screening, prior to breeding, in an effort to breed better, healthier, sound dogs. Throughout the years in my breed, I have seen an improvement in the Bullmastiff temperament overall and that’s a great direction to go toward.

It’s important to differentiate between the conservation breeders and people who are just breeding Bullmastiffs, as they are not the same thing. Anyone can breed dogs; however, it’s the people with the lifelong dedication to the breed who work tirelessly to improve it that need to not be lumped into the same category as “just a breeder.” Also of concern are the people who are mixing Bullmastiffs with other powerful breeds without any regard for what they’re creating and with no accountability.

 

Is my breed well-suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?

Carrie Lane: Absolutely, when Bullmastiffs are carefully bred they are well-suited as a family dog. Excluding Bullmastiffs with poor temperaments from breeding programs and breeding for a good, sound temperament are just as important as breeding for health. These dogs are the most amazing, protective, loving, family dogs.

The best candidates to own the breed are people who respect the power of this breed and do not expect the breed to act differently than what it was created for, which is a breed that is going to defend their family and their property. They are not generally pack animals that get along with other dogs, and not generally dogs that get along with other same-sex dogs of any breed. It’s not fair to the Bullmastiff to expect it to adapt to what the owner wants it to be.

The best candidates to own this breed are people who are not novice dog owners, people who are looking for a loving companion and not a yard ornament, people who will love, cherish, and protect the Bullmastiff just as the Bullmastiff will love, protect, and cherish its guardian.

 

Do I feel that my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?

Carrie Lane: I think there needs to be more emphasis on inviting new people to the breed, rather than keeping a close-knit circle of people. As we all age, we need to preserve this breed by bringing on new people who show their love, dedication, and willingness to ensure the future of the breed.

 

For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with my breed?

Carrie Lane: I’m always struck by the fact that I will see characteristics and mannerisms in the offspring of my dogs. These things are not trained, they appear to be innate and you know it when you see it.

 


 

Are you looking for a Bullmastiff puppy?

The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase one from a responsible breeder. Not sure where to begin finding a breeder? Contact the National Parent Club’s Breeder Referral person, which you can find on the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts page.

 

Want to help rescue and re-home a Bullmastiff dog?

Did you know nearly every recognized AKC purebred has a dedicated rescue group? Find your new best friend on the AKC Rescue Network Listing.

 

Bullmastiff Dog Breed Magazine

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Read and learn more about the brave Bullmastiff dog breed with articles and information in our Bullmastiff Dog Breed Magazine.

 

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