The Bullmastiff is a large and imposing breed with unmistakably mastiff origins.
The History Of The Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is also known as the Gamekeeper's Night Dog. They originated in Great Britain during the 1800's.
The Bullmastiff is a cross between the Bulldog and Mastiff. The aim was to produce a breed to help the gamekeepers catch poachers on English estates. The resulting cross has the size and bravery of the Mastiff and the aggression and agility of the Bulldog.
Description Of The Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is powerfully built and quite agile for its size. It has a broad wrinkled head with a relatively short, square, dark muzzle. The nose is black and the eyes are dark hazel with an alert and intelligent expression.
The V shaped, wide set ears are unaltered, pendant and dark in color. The back is short and straight. The tapering tail is unaltered, set high and reaches to the hocks. The colors are: brindle, fawn, or red and usually have black markings on the head.
Dogs average 25 - 27 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh from 110- 133 pounds, while bitches average 24 - 26 inches tall and weigh in at around 100 - 120 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The short, slightly rough coat is simple enough to groom. They need combing though and then brushing with a firm brush. Shampoo only when necessary. This breed sheds very little.
Temperament and Bullmastiff Training
The Bullmastiff make good guard dogs. They are good natured but can be strong minded. They are brave and protective and unlikely to bite unless severely provoked. They are tolerant of children
The Bullmastiff is an intelligent and powerful dog and needs a firm master. They should be thoroughly obedience trained and taught not to pull on the leash. They need to be fully socialized from an early age with both people and other dogs
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Bullmastiff is around less than 10 years.
Reported health problems: Prone to tumors. Hip dysplasia and some eyelid problems. They can also suffer boils on the lips and PRA. These dogs are prone to bloat and it is preferable to feed them two or three small meals a day.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Bullmastiffs will are suitable to life in an apartment if well exercised. They are fairly inactive indoors and will be happy with a small yard. They need a moderate climate and do not like extremes of temperature.
They have a tendency towards laziness and overeating so regular, moderate exercise and feeding is important.
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The Bullmastiff is big, powerful and assertive and not recommended as a breed for first time dog owners or young families.
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