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Description: 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.
Bullmastiffs 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 is needed.
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 weather.
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 family.
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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