Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a giant breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom where it was commonly used to protect the large estates of wealthy Englishmen. Since this is an extremely quiet dog that rarely barks, people in the U.K. often refer to it as the Silent Watchdog. The Bullmastiff was created by English gamekeepers during the 19th century. They needed large, powerful dogs that could help them guard their estates from poachers. It is thought that they created the dogs they desired by crossing English Mastiffs with Old English Bulldogs. The results were giant, strong dogs that made excellent guard dogs. Often referred to as the Gamekeeper's Night Dog or the Silent Watchdog, Bullmastiffs only barked when necessary. As such, they were able to quickly track down and catch poachers. The breed was first recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1924, and it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934.

The Bullmastiff is a large, strong dog with square proportions, and bred for endurance. It has a short coat that needs minimal care. Bullmastiffs tend to drool so some daily facial cleaning may be necessary. Some dogs of this breed snore and they need space to stretch. The Bullmastiff is a large dog that can weigh between 100 and 130 pounds fully grown. This is an extremely muscular and powerful breed that has a broad head sitting atop a thick neck. It has short hair that can be fawn-colored, brindle or red with a black muzzle and a bit of black on the ears. Its triangular ears are set high on the head and flop forward towards its cheeks. The eyes should be dark in color, and the nose is typically black. It has a long tail which can be either straight or slightly curved. It is not uncommon for some Bullmastiffs to have an undershot jaw like their relatives the English Bulldogs. Personality: The Bullmastiff is calm, friendly and loyal but tends to be overprotective. It's stubborn and once it has its mind set on something, it's difficult to convince it otherwise. This is not a dog for novice dog owners who don't know how to deal with strong, stubborn dogs. It needs daily exercise in the form of walks or short romps. It's good with children but is not a very playful dog. It is aggressive towards strangers unless introduced by someone they trust. Although the Bullmastiff may look vicious, it is actually very devoted and gentle with its human family members. However, it can become vicious when provoked by strangers. This is a somewhat stubborn and independent dog that can be difficult to handle if you do not begin obedience training while it is still young. While breeders state that the Bullmastiff is good with children, due to its large size, it is not recommended for small children, people who have health issues or senior citizens. Additionally, it may not get along well with other household pets. Bullmastiffs are not very active and are perfectly happy in most any size home.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
8-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Gamekeeper's Night Dog, Silent Watchdog, Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff Build Information

Size
Giant
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Bullmastiff is a large, strong dog with square proportions, and bred for endurance. It has a short coat that needs minimal care. Bullmastiffs tend to drool so some daily facial cleaning may be necessary. Some dogs of this breed snore and they need space to stretch. The Bullmastiff is a large dog that can weigh between 100 and 130 pounds fully grown. This is an extremely muscular and powerful breed that has a broad head sitting atop a thick neck.

It has short hair that can be fawn-colored, brindle or red with a black muzzle and a bit of black on the ears.

Its triangular ears are set high on the head and flop forward towards its cheeks. The eyes should be dark in color, and the nose is typically black. It has a long tail which can be either straight or slightly curved. It is not uncommon for some Bullmastiffs to have an undershot jaw like their relatives the English Bulldogs.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Bullmastiff is calm, friendly and loyal but tends to be overprotective. It's stubborn and once it has its mind set on something, it's difficult to convince it otherwise. This is not a dog for novice dog owners who don't know how to deal with strong, stubborn dogs. It needs daily exercise in the form of walks or short romps. It's good with children but is not a very playful dog. It is aggressive towards strangers unless introduced by someone they trust.

Although the Bullmastiff may look vicious, it is actually very devoted and gentle with its human family members.

However, it can become vicious when provoked by strangers. This is a somewhat stubborn and independent dog that can be difficult to handle if you do not begin obedience training while it is still young. While breeders state that the Bullmastiff is good with children, due to its large size, it is not recommended for small children, people who have health issues or senior citizens. Additionally, it may not get along well with other household pets. Bullmastiffs are not very active and are perfectly happy in most any size home.

Appearance

Colors
Fawn Red Red-Black Brindle
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Rough

The Bullmastiff is a breed that requires very little grooming. You will only need to bathe your pet a few times a year if needed. However, it is recommended to check the ears at least once a month for wax buildup. If necessary, you can clean them with the corner of a damp cloth. If you need to cut your pet's nails, use a pliers-type clipper and only clip the tips of them off.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • The dog that played Rocky Balboa's pet in the movie "Rocky" was a Bullmastiff
  • Bullmastiffs are one of the few breeds who do incredibly well when left home alone
  • Even though Bullmastiffs are very large, they adapt extremely well to apartment-living

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Common Health Conditions in Bullmastiffs

Unfortunately, the Bullmastiff is a short-lived dog that only lives about eight years, even when it is in top physical condition and perfect health. Furthermore, they are prone to various health issues that you will find listed here: Bloat, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Arthritis, Lymphoma, Subaortic Stenosis, Skin Allergies and Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligaments. If you are looking for a large dog that will make a great guard dog and will fit into any size home, the Bullmastiff is a perfect choice. With their calm demeanor, the Bullmastiff is just as happy in an apartment as it is in a large home. Furthermore, these dogs are extremely quiet, which means you will not have to worry about them disturbing your neighbors.

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