Our NEW 2012 Daily Blog

•January 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We’ve decided to continue our Blog thru our Bulhaven Daily Blog, “The Latest News at Bulhaven Bullmastiffs” to continue our activities beyond updating our litters. Clara’s puppies are soon to go to their new homes so we will continue our Blog regarding upcoming shows, litter plans and puppy updates as the year goes on.

Visit  “The Latest News at Bulhaven Bullmastiffs” to become a follower of our Daily Blog!




An Eye Opening Experience?

•November 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment
"Bulhaven's Lois Lane" ~ eleven days old

"Bulhaven's Lois Lane" ~ eleven days old

Squint and Sparkle, nothing is cuter! Two little Princesses

Well, well, well… Clara’s girls are lifting their heads up and slightly squinting open their eyes. What a dramatic change from the seemingly helpless, “infant crawl”!

"Bulhaven's Lois Lane", eyes opening, head lifting.. getting ready to walk?

"Bulhaven's Lois Lane", eyes opening, head lifting.. getting ready to walk?

At eleven days old they are starting to squint open their eyes which brings a unique transition to the world we share with them. Their eyes and ears should be opening between 10-14 days after birth which also initiates sight and eventually, hearing.

By the 15th day, eyes will be completely opened but the pups still will not see very well. Not until about 28 days will the puppies clearly distinguish forms thru sight. For now, the lights are dim and the music is soothing as the girls gradually enter “our world” of sight and sound.

This is a dramatic transitional period for the puppies. By the end of this stage the puppies will have received all the basic tools of life.  They will become more receptive and active in the whelping box as they learn not only to “see where they are going” but also gain balance and stability for walking.

This means that Clara’s two new girls will become much more sensitive to their environment (the whelping box; temperature, noise, hunger) than they were during the previous (and first) week and a half of life.

During this stage between two and four weeks, their sense of smell is refined. We will start to notice as the girls begin to walk and crawl around the whelping box that they are also “sniffing”  around them.

The olfactory area of adult dogs is fourteen times as large as a human’s and their overall ability to smell is over one hundred times more sensitive than ours.

While we depend mostly on our eyes for information, dogs rely on their noses, learning about their environment from the air that passes their way.

Hearing is the last sensort faculty to devleop, with their ears opening at about twenty days. We are cautious during these transitions, inviting limited visitation from friends and family until pups can sucessfully develop their entire sensory system.

Emerging from a dark and silent world into one of sights and sound should happen as naturally as possible to allow the pups to adjust without excess trauma. What the pups hear for the first time can leave a strong fear imprint. We play a constant stream of light music in our whelping room and avoid loud noises to build a calm environment for both mother and babies.

We offer a 24 hour live web cam of our puppies and their mama Clara Haute so that awaiting families can enjoy the pups via their computer at home until the puppies are old enough to allow playful visitors.



•November 16, 2011 • 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to Ms. Clara Haute!!

If anyone has ever impressed me it’s by far Clara Haute. Her new litter is just 10 days old and by natural instinct she has mastered how to nudging puppies into a pile to feed them, she cleans them,  and snuggles them day and night.

Clara and Sweet Pea at 8 days old

Clara and Sweet Pea at 8 days old

As a mother, she is a portrait of concentrated, faithful attention to every detail of the puppies’ lives. It is their vulnerability that she is prepared to defend with her life. On this day I absolutely honor and appreciate Clara as her mothering instincts take full effect, nursing her pups with ultimate care and nurturing.

Clara is celebrating her sixth birthday and final litter! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARA!!

The tons of love she professes for her litter everyday through all her acts, big and small. It can’t even be measured. We just sit and watch as she is unconcerned by our presence.

A mother’s influence on her litter provides the essential foundation for the future development of the litter. Although newborn puppies are born without hearing or sight, they possess a well developed sense of smell. Neonatal behavior also reveals a capacity for the simple learning necessary for survival.

Regardless of how one interprets infant behavior and what constitutes true learning, the fact remains that pups’ brain, motor and sensory capacities are all immature during this period. “Learning” at this point is left to only what is necessary for their survival.

Clara's new puppy, Bulhaven's Lois Lane (ten days old)

Clara's new puppy, Bulhaven's Lois Lane (ten days old)

Abundance of sleep is an absolute requirement. It is vital to the development of the central nervous system and the brain. Neonatal puppies spend about 90% of their time sleeping. It isn’t until after four weeks that pups are able to stay awake for any sustained amount of time.

During this time, it is the quietness of sleep, combined with regular mothering, nourishment, warmth and elementary movement that establishes the proper climate where the brain and central nervous system may mature.

Overall, we now can see that what is occurring, Clara’s amazing maternal instinct and attention to her pups, lays the foundation for the future, despite the obvious immaturity of the pups at this stage.

Life is growth.

Happy Birthday, Clara Haute! 🙂

week one ~ The Miracle of Life

•November 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The first full week of life went well for the New Bulhaven Baby Girls!! It has taken a few days for mom Clara Haute to get in the routine of things with her new family, but all in all, we’re THRILLED!! Both of Clara’s puppies are strong, overwhelmingly attractive and super snuggly.

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

Clara herself isn’t lacking in the snuggle department either.. pillows and blankets are put to good use as she enjoys her naps, snacks and mommie duties thru the day.

Newborn pups are also very suceptible to cold. Because of it’s inability to maintain body temperature, the greatest danger during the first week of a puppy’s life is getting chilled. The whelping box is kept at 85 degrees or more with warm areas (heating pads and heat lamps) for the pups to find when mama isn’t near enough to provide much needed warmth.

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

C-sections (surgical removal of the puppies from the uterine horns) can save the lives of both puppies and dams but they also provide their own particular set of problems. This is especially true for the first couple of days following surgery.

The act of delivering puppies (whelping) is generally a natural process for dogs but often times with Bullmastiffs, normal birth is difficult or even impossible!  Dystocia, (difficult or abnormal birth) and uterine inertia (exhaustion) are commons problem in brachycephalic breeds.

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

Clara's Girls ~ one week old

After surgery the new mother is groggy from the anesthetics used during the c-section and will take several hours for her to realize she has duties to tend to with the newborns. Clara recognized the seriousness of her responsibilities after only a few days and has focussed on tending to her new family 100%.


Welcome Two Girls! November 6th, 2011

•November 8, 2011 • 3 Comments

Happy Birthday to Clara’s Girls!

Clara x Elvis ~ Nov, 2011

Bulhaven's Clara Haute x Blackslate's Hot Shot ~ Nov, 2011

We are over enthusiastic to announce the birth of Bulhaven’s Clara Haute’s litter out of Blackslate’s Hot Shot, born Sunday afternoon, November 6th, 2011.

Two absolutely lovely, HUGE, beautiful, healthy, strong and adorable females were delivered on Sunday and welcomed into the world just one day before their Grandsire, Cassanova’s ninth birthday!

Bulhaven's Clara Haute

Bulhaven's Clara Haute with her day old puppies

We spent Sunday evening and Monday getting ourselves organized in the whelping room so that Clara is comfortable, the two infant girls are warm and happy and the rest of our Bullmastiff family is able to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather that Connecticut offers us at this time of year.

Now Tuesday, the puppy girls are enjoying their second day of life happy, comfortable and sharing their days basking in the morning sun with their mama Clara.

Clara's baby girl

Clara's baby girl, 2 days old

What could be better than baby soft fur of a newborn Bullmastiff?!

Live Puppy Cam!!

•November 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to Bulhaven’s Puppy Room..

With Clara Haute’s generous approval we’ve once again set up a live viewing “Puppy Cam” to run streaming live video via our personal web cam, straight from the Whelping Box!!

2010 Bulhaven's Litter, Puppy Cam at Yahoo!
2010 Bulhaven’s Litter

Bulhaven’s Clara Haute, Live Puppy Cam on Yahoo!

Our excitement is overwhelming and needs to be shared, with the internet that’s possible!!

We want Bulhaven fans to feel right at home day after day (and long nights!) with Clara and her 2011 Bulhaven Litter.

What you’ll need to view the Puppy Cam is access to Yahoo! Once you have a Yahoo account send me the screen name. I will “add you” as a contact so you can view our Puppy Cam. There is no fee to use Yahoo Messenger, all you need is a Yahoo account.

This could be Day One for Clara’s puppies. Her due date is November 6th, and she’s right on time. Clara’s temperature dropped Friday afternoon which gives us the sure sign that within 48 hours, puppies will arrive!

Mother Nature is on our side this weekend, it is a beautifully, quiet, sunny morning and we even gained an hour with daylight’s savings time!!

Stay tuned for our “Welcome to the World” announcement for Clara’s new babies…

~ Mary, Dean and Clara Haute

Three Days and Counting (2011 Clara x Elvis)

•November 3, 2011 • 3 Comments
Clara Haute at 57 days in whelp
Bulhaven’s Clara Haute

Bulhaven’s Clara Haute

With 2011′s October 29th Surprise Nor’easter, Connecticut was hit with long term power outages across the state. For 5 days we were left in the dark with no power, heat or water and over two feet of snow that covered our yards.

With Clara in her last week in whelp we tried not to panic as her litter’s due date approached quickly.

Clara is now three days from expected whelping and we are fortunate to announce that our power has been restored!

Bulhaven's Walking in Memphis ("Tygger")
Bulhaven’s Walking in Memphis (“Tygger”)

Clara was bred by surgical implant in September to the well known and very handsome brindle boy, Blackslate’s Hot Shot (also known as “Elvis”). Elvis was born in 1990 and passed away 8.5 years later allowing us access only to frozen semen for this beautiful breeding.

Elvis is the sire of Bulhaven’s Walking in Memphis (“Tygger”), the only Brindle bred by us here at Bulhaven Bullmastiffs.

Thru Tygger’s charm we experienced a part of Elvis that many breeders have found, that wonderful gentleness and comical character that Elvis has continuously produced over and over again.

Tygger passed away in July of 2009 at nearly nine years old. With him he took a chunk of our hearts… leaving us with a plan to someday breed again to his wonderful sire, “Elvis”.

Bulhaven's Clara Haute (57 days in whelp)
Bulhaven’s Clara Haute (57 days in whelp)

With passing time we considered many females for our breeding plans but Blackslate’s Hot Shot is a special dog who we felt would compliment only the most special girl.

Clara is that wonderful match made in heaven!!

Elvis and Clara compliment each other beautifully both on paper (in pedigree) and in outstanding structure and charismatic temperament.

This line breeding is one we are very excited about, in hopes to produce more of the quality “Bulhaven Bullmastiffs” expects.

Bulhaven's Clara Haute (57 days in whelp)
Bulhaven’s Clara Haute (57 days in whelp)

Clara is only days away from delivering these beauties into our world.

Keep a close eye out for Clara’s litter announcement thru the upcoming weekend…

due date: 11.06.11