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I had a recent phone call from a person interested in a mastiff pup.  We talked for a bit and then she brought up fluffy mastiffs, so we chatted about that for a bit.  She asked me at what age does a breeder know if they have a fluffy in their litter and I could not answer her.  I have looked at the threads here as well as on line and can't seem to find a clear answer.  From some pictures I've seen it appears its pretty early on (5 weeks or so, but I am not certain because they all seem to look a bit different with the fluffy trait).

Can someone answer this question?

At what age can a breeder tell they have a fluff in their litter?   Can one be missed and sent home only for the puppy buyer to find out at 12 or 16 weeks that the hair is getting longer??  This is what the person wanted to know and I just could not answer her because I have no idea.


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You can start to tell around three weeks.  With the current DNA test.. we shouldn't have to guess anymore, we would know the odds of getting a fluff.   If a fluff has been produced with either sire or dam before, you already know they are carriers. 

A good breeder that knows their lines, would know by 6-8 weeks for sure if a pup is going to be a fluff IMO.  As I said you can't start seeing things at 3 weeks.. BUT some pups are just puppy fluffy.. as they start getting older. the ears look different.. the hair on the face looks different, and the coat actually looks different. 

The only way I can describe this is like this.. Even a breeder that has never produced a fluff.. will know when they get a fluff.. and they will know by 6-8 weeks for sure.  It is one of those things that seeing in person you just get that feeling something is different. 
Like the girls.. when people say you will know when they are coming into heat.. and you describe the changes and a big coochie swelling... well when someone has never seen that.. they don't really know what they are looking for until they see it. 

3 week old fluff


3 week old fluff


5 week old fluff



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That puppy is adorable!!!


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There is a difference in their hair.. the oils from the puppy gruel really brought out the difference.  In the second picture you can see the leg hair and the facial hair, not to mention the ear hair doing swirls.  In the bottom pictures you can clearly see the fluff on the ears, you can't see the swirls on her back and the tail but it is there.

Her name is Raven.. she is a doll. 

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I understand that fluffs aren't correct - but that is one ADORABLE baby!


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she sure is a doll..waaaay cute!

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Thank you Jennifer :-).  What a sweet little snuggler!
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