The Bullmastiff shows 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 towards their owner. Bullmastiffs are normally very gentle, cheerful and calm. They make a devoted, gentle companion. They are also known as the " Gamkeeper's dog " because they were bred to accompany gamekeepers for the ability to track and overpower a poacher..
Height: 25 - 27 inches
Weight: 90 - 130 lbs
Colors: Shades of brindles, fawn and red, slight white marking on the chest is permissible, black muzzle..
Coat: Short, smooth and dense..
Temperament: Bullmastiffs are loyal, fearless, loving.
With Children: Yes, will usually tolerate children.
With Pets: If Properly socialized the Bullmastiff will get along with other pets. They can be dominate to their own kind.
Special Skills: Watchdog and family pet..
Watch dog: Very High
Guard dog: Very High, excellent body guard, natural guard-dog to family and home.
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 needed to be balanced to prevent obesity. Bullmastiffs need daily walks or alot of running space. .
Training: Obedience training should begin at a young age. A Bullmastiff is sensitive to the tone of your voice. They will do best with fair, stable and consistent approach to training.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Very high, Problem solving - High
Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: A Large fenced backyard or the country is preferred. An owner of a Bullmastiff must be a strong, easygoing, confident leader.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bloat, gastric torsion and Cancer.
Life Span: Under ten years
Litter Size: 5 - 8
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Developed in the late nineteenth century by crossing the Mastiff with a Bulldog, the Bullmastiff was bred to combine power, speed and keen sense of smell with the courage and aggression of the bulldog. In 1924 Bullmastiffs were standardized and officially recognized in England.
First Registered by the AKC: 1934
AKC Group: Working Group