Thinking about purchasing a Bullmastiff? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bullmastiff breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bullmastiff owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bullmastiff and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bullmastiff Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bullmastiff and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bullmastiff Breed Profile
The Bullmastiff is the doggy icon of power and purpose. Bullmastiffs show great strength, endurance and alertness. They are a natural guardian of the home and will not back down from a fight. To strangers they are rather standoffish, but they are loving toward their owner and friends. Bullmastiffs are normally very gentle, cheerful and calm. They make a devoted, gentle companion. They are very good with children, and are willing to please. Although they are large dogs, they are loyal and gentle. They are also known as the "Gamekeeper's Night Dog" because they were bred to accompany gamekeepers for the ability to track and overpower poachers. After poaching died out, game trials challenged these dogs to pursue and hold down a volunteer who would run out into the woods. The dog's command was to hold the person down, but not attack. The dogs always won and are excellent in obedience and strength. They can be domineering among their own kind, but are generally easygoing dogs. A strong but loving owner is suggested. The Bullmastiff is not for the weak and timid.
Type: Guardian Dog
24 - 26 inches; Males: 25 - 27 inches.
of brindle, fawn or red. Slight white marking on the chest
is permissible, although other white markings are undesirable. They have a black
mask most often, and can be any shade of brindle, fawn, or red.
are loyal, fearless, and will pursue if commanded. They are very loving and
docile with friends and family. They are quiet, patient and alert. They can
be territorial and protective, though, so training is necessary when they are
pups. They are not for the fragile or timid owner. They are too powerful for
children to control as well, and require a firm but loving command. They can
be stubborn, but are not easily roused to anger. Some can be aggressive towards
strange dogs, and are fearless when challenged.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Bred for this specific use, they can hide in the shadows silently until movement
Bullmastiff Care and Exercise:
Minimal brushing of the Bullmastiffs coat is needed. A good rubdown with a rubber
brush or massage glove will remove old dead hairs. Nails should be kept short.
Diet and daily exercise are need to be balanced to prevent obesity. Bullmastiffs
need moderate daily walks or a play session and lot of running space. Coat care
is minimal. Bullmastiffs tend to drool and snore, and do not do well in hot
Activity: Outdoors - High.
They are active dogs when in their natural environment. Indoors - Low. Like
the Bulldog, energy isn't a huge priority of the Bullmastiff when its around
Bullmastiff Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, cancer, tumors, and gastric torsion or bloat (twisted stomach). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bullmastiffs can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Other health concerns include elbow dysplasia, eye problems, cardiac disease, hypothyroidism, kidney problems, and panosteitis (bone disease).
Life Span: 8 - 12 years,
not usually more than 10.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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