In the mid-19th century, the English gamekeepers started realizing the need for a big, strong, fearless and quiet dog to guard estates, track down poachers and hold them till they arrived. The cross between the Old English Bulldog and the Mastiff, turned out to be the perfect fit, which the gamekeepers were looking for. The English bulldog was fearless, brave and tenacious while the Mastiff was large but quiet and less aggressive. The Bullmastiff quickly became popular among the gamekeepers and was known as the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog. The Bullmastiff soon gained the reputation of being a very good guard dog. By the early 20th century, it was recognized as an individual breed and was started to be bred with its distinct identity.
Bullmastiff is an intelligent dog breed, but must be carefully handled, due to its power and strength.
The Bullmastiff is a natural guardian. Despite its calm and quite nature, it can switch its role into a ferocious guard dog, when needed.
Although their size can be a bit too much for toddlers, but the bullmastiff does very well with children. But precautions must always be taken, when kids and dogs are around each other.
Due to their strength and overwhelming size, they can be difficult to handle. But it properly socialised at a young age, they can behave well with other pets.
Bullmastiff isn’t a high energy dog. He only requires some short walks and playful moments to be happy.
Bullmastiffs are independent thinkers. For a Bullmastiff to become a well-behaved family member, consistency is needed.
The bullmastiff don’t need a lot of exercise and will be fine with some short walks on daily basis.
They are dogs who enjoy relaxing on the couch, but if the situation demands they can be pretty agile. They enjoy activities like obedience, agility, tracking, and carting.
They should be protected in hot and humid weathers as they are prone to heat strokes.
The dense coat of Bullmastiff provides protection from cold & rain. The breed is more comfortable in colder conditions.
The Bullmastiff is considered to have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years. A Bullmastiff keeps growing even after the age of 2 years.
It has a short and dense coat with lesser shedding.
A Bullmastiff's coat may appear in fawn, red, or brindle.
The Bull Mastiff stands at a height of 25 to 27 inches (64-69 cm) at the withers.
The coat is short and dense with a flat undercoat.
The bullmastiff has a flat undercoat.
The Bullmastiff is large and powerfully build dog breed and can weigh around 50 to 60 Kg (110-132 pounds).
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