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  Giant Breed

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  Working or Utility Dog
  Country of Origin United Kingdom late 1800s
  Ancestry The Bullmastiff is a 60/40 cross between the Mastiff and the Bulldog
Original  Function The Bullmastiff was designed to be a guard dog for large estates particularly against poaching.  They were designed to run down but not harm poachers.
  Height at Shoulder Female 24-26"  Male 25-27"
  Weight Female 100-120 lbs.  Male 110-130 lbs.
  Lifespan 10 Years
  Coat The Bullmastiff has a short, smooth, soft coat.  Acceptable colors are dark brindle, fawn and red with the distinctive black face and muzzle.
  Tail Long and smooth
  Head Large, round with moderately short muzzle, large jowls and some wrinkling of the face
  Ears Moderately sized, V-shaped and held down and close to the head
  Related Breeds Mastiff/Old English Mastiff, Bulldog, St. Bernard, Leonberger
  Alternative Names  


Grooming: The Bullmastiff's short, smooth coat requires minimal attention.  Can drool and be messy drinkers. 
Exercise requirements: Low
Aggression: Moderate but is a good watchdog.
Temperament: Serious but gentle.  Can be stubborn, independent and intimidating.
Owner requirement: Firm and strong.  The Bullmastiff is not for the timid, skittish or physically weak. 
Trainability Moderate
Health concerns: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) in hips and elbows, bloat and gastric torsion, entropion, lymphoma.
Environmental requirements: The Bullmastiff has a moderate tolerance for cold but a low tolerance for heat or humidity due to its short muzzle.  The Bullmastiff requires firm, soft bedding and close contact with the family.  The Bullmastiff is a large as a piece of furniture and requires sufficient space to move around and lie down.
Feeding requirements: Extra care is required for Bullmastiff puppies to prevent them from experiencing overly rapid, painful growth. As an adult, the Bullmastiff requires more frequent and smaller meals throughout the day to prevent obesity, bloat and gastric torsion.
AKC: American Kennel Club USA: Working Group since 1933
UKC: United Kennel Club USA: Guardian Dogs  
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club: Working Dogs 
FCI: Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Molossoid Breeds
   Group 2
ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council: Utility
KCUK: Kennel Club United Kingdom: Working since 1924
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club: Utility 

The Bullmastiff is a giant bred to run after, take down and pin but not harm poachers on large estates.   In this function, the dark brindle version of the Bullmastiff was prized as it blended into the night.  The lighter fawn version of the Bullmastiff is  more common today. 

The Bullmastiff was designed to be faster on its feet than a Mastiff but larger and more imposing than a Bulldog.  The Bullmastiff is not particularly aggressive although its large size and deep bark can be intimidating.  As befits its original function, the Bullmastiff can be an intimidating guard dog protecting both property and people.  The Bullmastiff requires an owner who can handle its physical strength.  The Bullmastiff may not get along with strange dogs and requires early and consistent socialization.  This is particularly true of males but can also be true of some females. 

Bullmastiffs are generally gentle, placid dogs who are good with children and other pets that they are familiar with.  Bullmastiffs can inadvertently knock down children and seniors due simply to their large size.  Bullmastiffs can be stubborn and need training early in life before they become too large and heavy.  Although they are very large dogs, Bullmastiffs require close interaction with people and need to be indoor dogs who are very much a part of the family. 

Prospective Bullmastiff families should consider the amount of space that a dog of this size requires in order to walk around, lie down and be comfortable.   Bullmastiffs also take up a great deal of space in a vehicle, can drool excessively and be messy eaters and drinkers.  As with all giant breed dogs, the Bullmastiff has a short life expectancy. 

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