"We have had Mastiffs for over 25 years; Chibbie is our fifth Mastiff and I can honestly say he is by far the best one. You could not ask for a kinder, gentler boy. We have recently had my wife's 86 year old mother move into our home and Chibbie is her constant companion. At six months and 115 pounds, he truly has to be attentive to her limitations! Their love affair is mutual! We are delighted and feel quite lucky to have met Kim and her wonderful gentle giants; she breeds not only for the true old Mastiff standards but for outstanding temperament. If you are looking to add a new member to your family and have the space for a giant lapdog by all means, give Kim a call...you won't be disappointed!
"About 3 years ago we started looking to add a new puppy to our family. We
had looked at a lot of english mastiff breeders and could not have found a
more knowledgeable, friendly person than Kim Cooley at Southland Mastiffs.
After the first phone call to Kim we knew exactly she was the breeder we
were going to choose because of her love and passion for the english mastiff
breed. While waiting on the litter to be born there was not a week that went
by that she did not send and email or give us a call to keep us posted.
After the litter was born she kept us up to date with pictures of the
puppies and how they were progressing. After waiting almost two years for a
male puppy the exciting day was FINALLY here to go pick up our new male
puppy. After meeting Kim at her house she truly made us feel like part of
her family! After deciding which male puppy to get we were so TRULY
IMPRESSED with Kim and her dogs we decided to get a female puppy as well.
So now Griz and Snickers are a true blessing to our family. We have a three
year old son and he just fell in love with all of Kim's adult dogs, cause
each an every one of them were true gentle giants with him (which was very
impressive for us as parents)! We truly feel that we have found a life long
friend with Kim and will for sure be repeat customers, an will tell anyone
who is looking to add an English Mastiff to there home that there is only
one person to contact Kim Cooley at Southland Mastiffs!!
"Kim Cooley is a wonderful, knowledgeable woman and breeder. When my husband and I were first looking at adding a mastiff to our family we were unsure at what to expect from the breed. After several emails and phone calls with questions, Kim offered to let us bring Ferguson into our home for a few weeks to see what her mastiffs are like. We fell in love right away. We want to thank Kim for her kindness and tremendous love for the breed. It is because of her we are now the proud owners of Otis. He will be 9 weeks old Tuesday and has the best personality and temperament of any puppy we have been around. Otis loves to be around us and meet new people. He is extremely sweet, very playful and an incredible addition to our family"
"Kim Cooley at Southland Mastiffs has been a tremendous friend and resource during and after the processes of adding my families newest edition (FERGUSON). Her knowledge, experience and passion for the Mastiff breed is incredible. My family has an extensive background with large breed dogs. We know how important it is to find a breeder that excels in producing dogs that have outstanding temperament and represent the true breed standard. Kim takes great pride in finding the perfect match for potential owners who want to add another family member not just a pet. She has spent hours giving extremely valuable advice and answering all the questions that we have. Ferguson has the best temperament of any dog I have ever owned or been around. He is wonderful with all 3 of my kids and any visitors (a lot of them come just to see him). When I took Ferguson to the vet the Doctor told me he is the best looking Mastiff he has ever seen. I would strongly recommend Southland Mastiffs to anyone who wants the best the Mastiff breed can deliver. Your search will start and end with Kim Cooley!"
"Kim Cooley has been such an attentive and caring breeder; she was eager to help and willing to answer any questions concerning the puppy and the breed in general. Our puppy Wilbur has the sweetest personality. He is loveable to us and to guests in our home and gets along great with our other puppy. Wilbur is just as beautiful as he is sweet and loving, everyone who sees him remarks on his coloring, size, and general appearance. I highly recommend Southland Mastiffs to anyone who is looking for a beautiful dog who also has a great personality. I intend on being a repeat customer!"
"We had always had Great Danes in the past and loved large dogs. We lost our first Female and happened upon Kim while she had a litter being delivered. We instantly clicked and purchased our first Mastiff named Boonen. While we were used to large dogs, Kim proved to be an invaluable resource of information and support. I had always wanted to do the Raw Diet but never had the courage. Needless to say we have switched with confidence and Kim is always there to help with questions. She is also more than a "breeder", she takes pride in her line and strives to breed for the correct type and temperament. She truly cares about the well being of each puppy that leaves her home. Boonen is the most amazing dog and we feel blessed each and every day. When she was having her next litter, we couldn't resist. We now have our second Southland Mastiff named Mojo and he is a complete joy! Thanks to Kim we have two amazing additions to our family!"
"Kim we just wanted to thank you for Rio. As you know this is our fourth mastiff and we also have aussies. We were so excited when we heard there was someone breeding with strong ties to Old School with an emphasis on maintaining the correct mastiff type. Although, Rio is only fourteen weeks old we already see great potential. He looks great but the best part is his temperament. We have had him out around people and other dogs and he is confident and alert. Two weeks ago we took him to a nursing home and he behaved so well it was amazing. That visit was a result of a trip back to Illinois. He traveled well behaved in the hotels and made us proud.
We purchased him in hopes of having a show dog and I think that he will do very well at that but the best part he is going to be a wonderful companion.
We know you have worked hard to make Southland a very respectable kennel name and we believe you have done that.
Sandy and I think Southland's Oso del Rio is special and we are having such fun just having him around. Thank you so very much."
"River came to Kim very shy and afraid of the show ring, but after spending some time getting to know her came out of his shell.
River is a very confident dog now in and out of the ring now. River has had many Best of Breed wins with Kim. I feel very blessed to have someone that we can trust with the care and training of our babies. River is now proudly an AKC champion. Thank you Kim of Southland Mastiffs for your Love and Care of our boy!"
"My handling and training experience with Kim Cooley of Southland Mastiffs was a great one from day one. From our first conversations, I found Kim to be honest and sincerer and have a great passion for dogs and the show ring. I handed Kim a raw untrained female Mastiff named Halo to be trained for conformation. Needless to say a month later when my family and I drove up to see Halo in her first show we could not believe our eyes at how well they both did in the ring. It didn't take long before the points and majors came flying. I can't say enough about how much it meant to our family to see how much our girl Halo, loved her Handler Kim! From that point on we trusted Kim whole heartedly and knew she would always put Halo's best interest first. While Halo was at Kim's house she was treated like part of her family even staying in Kim's house with Kim's personal dogs. My family and I would recommend Kim Cooley to ANYONE looking for a handler and or/ trainer for their dog."
"We were first time mastiff buyers and felt we made the best choice when choosing to go with Southland Mastiffs. Kim proved to be an invaluable resource throughout the whole process and continues to be an integral part in ensuring that our puppy, Lola, is doing well. We highly recommend Southland Mastiffs to anyone looking for a top-quality, knowledgeable, and dependable breeder."
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