Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is an undeniably impressive dog. With a compact frame and a muscular body, this breed is typically mild mannered and self assured. Their weather proof coats require minimal grooming. They can be fiercely protective of their family and must be socialised at any early age to learn the difference between friend and foe.

Country of Origin
England
Colour
Coat colours may include red, fawn, brindle and patches of white.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
This breed normally measures between 61 – 69cms and weighs 41 – 60kgs.
Health
The most common health ailments for this breed are cancer and bloat. They are also at risk of Hip Dysplasia, skin, back and eye problems.
Life Span
8 - 10 years.
Intelligence
As a headstrong breed, the Bullmastiff requires firm training from the moment they come home. They are typically mild mannered as adults unless their family is threatened and their guard instinct kicks in.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

A breeder recommended diet should be followed from puppyhood. Bullmastiff's have big appetites and will typically need to be fed twice a day.

 

Feeding Cost
More than $20
Other Cost
Excercise
Bone and joint problems can be reduced if free exercise is limited in the first 12 months of life. Bullmastiff's enjoy daily walks and playing games with their family - this also encourages frequent socialisation for the dog.
Ailments
The most common health ailments for this breed are cancer and bloat. They are also at risk of Hip Dysplasia, skin, back and eye problems.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

A quick once over with a grooming mitt every now and then is all a Bullmastiff needs.

 

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
Originally named the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog, the Bullmastiff was used to find and poachers. Cross bred with the English Mastiff and the Bulldog in the late 1800s, they were later raised to “overpower” their targets. The Bullmastiff was first recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1933.


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