Breeder of “Gentle Giants” Garners Top Award

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Continental Kennel Club bestows its top honor, the 2011 Breeder Merit Award, to Diane St. Martin of Hidden Acres American Mastiffs, an exceptional breeder of American Mastiff dogs, for her dedicated work in improving and advancing this breed of "gentle giants."

Diane St. Martin's qualities as a breeder are evident, as are her qualities as a person.

Continental Kennel Club (CKC) has awarded its 2011 Breeder Merit Award to Diane St. Martin of Hidden Acres American Mastiffs in Southampton, Massachusetts. St. Martin received CKC's top honor for her accomplishments as a breeder of American Mastiffs, the dog breed also known as the “gentle giant."

The American Mastiff breed was developed by Fredericka Wagner of Flying W Farms in Piketon, Ohio. These dogs range from 140 to 200 pounds, yet are recognized for their pure combination of strength and agility. American Mastiffs have a reputation for possessing a quiet dignity, making them loyal but restrained protectors.

St. Martin, of Hidden Acres American Mastiffs, is the fourth recipient of this prestigious recognition by Continental Kennel Club, an organization that registers canines and recognizes breeders in 75 countries worldwide. CKC recognized St. Martin for her meticulous efforts in selecting dogs for her breeding program that exhibit the best of the American Mastiff’s many strong attributes, including an excellent temperament, moderate drool, and a long life span. Her efforts in this area have resulted in the continued improvement and enhancement of the best attributes of the American Mastiff.

This award is also recognition that St. Martin's efforts to produce quality dogs through her breeding program go far beyond breed stock selection and genetics. Breeder Merit Award Recipients must exhibit a passionate commitment to the health and care of their dogs, and demonstrate that commitment through meticulous recordkeeping. St. Martin has set the gold standard for ensuring that purchasers of her puppies get a healthy and well-cared-for dog by providing excellent documentation and a health warranty for the puppies that she sells.

Producing dogs in excellent physical health is only part of the Breeder Merit Award selection criteria. Temperament is an important aspect of breeding and raising healthy puppies. “Just like their human companions, healthy socialization for dogs begins at birth,” according to Continental Kennel Club President Mike Roy, who added that the first four months of a puppy's life are considered to be the most crucial for proper development in this area. Roy says St. Martin's care in starting the socialization process for her puppies demonstrates her commitment to providing healthy and well-adjusted puppies to the clients of Hidden Acres American Mastiffs.

“Diane St. Martin's qualities as a breeder are evident, as are her qualities as a person. She is a great resource for CKC because she provides valuable feedback to the registry and takes time to speak with us on how to better serve our breeders and members,” according to Roy.

Continental Kennel Club (CKC) bestows its top honor, the 2011 Breeder Merit Award, to Diane St. Martin of Hidden Acres American Mastiffs, an exceptional breeder of American Mastiff dogs, for her dedicated work in improving and advancing this breed of "gentle giants."

For more information about Hidden Acres Farm Mastiffs, e-mail hiddenacresfarm(at)charter(dot)net. To register your puppy with Continental Kennel Club (CKCUSA.com), e-mail registration(at)ckcusa(dot)com. For information about upcoming events, contact events(at)ckcusa(dot)com.

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