The Bullmastiff is a powerful, sturdy, and muscular dog, which has remarkable endurance and strength. This dog has an athletic build, and strong, sturdy legs. The weight of the Bullmastiff is around 100-135 pounds, and the height is around 24-27 inches. The Bullmastiff's coat is short, sleek, and close fitting, and the coloring varies and can be red and fawn, fawn, brindle, and red. The breed is a medium shedder.
The Bullmastiff is a giant animal, and has great loyalty and devotion, as well as a fearless and protective streak. Strong, alert, and calm, the Bullmastiff is confident yet gentle and mild mannered. This is an intelligent breed, and is quick to learn, but he is also very stubborn and this can make training difficult. The Bullmastiff is an animal that is best suited to a more experience dog owner, and required someone that will be confident, assertive, yet attentive. These cheerful dogs make great companions and family pets, and their protective outlook makes them effective watchdogs.
If you have children then you will normally find that the Bullmastiff gets along well with them, and when raised and properly socialized with children this breed is an excellent playmate, although his size may prove a problem around smaller children. The Bullmastiff will also be fine with family pets, although he may want to express dominance over other dogs and will not be happy about strange animals coming onto his territory. The Bullmastiff can be aloof with strangers, but will always be loyal and loving with their family. The Bullmastiff does like to exercise, and his energy levels outdoors are moderate but remain low indoors. However, he should not be exercised in intense heat due to his tendency to get heatstroke.
Grooming for the Bullmastiff is low maintenance, and all you need to do to keep his coat in good condition is to occasionally brush it. You can also use a massage glove to rub down the coat and remove any dead hair. The Bullmastiff is a medium shedder. During times when he is shedding more heavily you may need to brush on a more regular basis.
The Bullmastiff is thought to be a cross between the Bulldog and the English Mastiff with a rich history. This is a breed that was originally bred to search out and to stop poachers, but then became a part of the family setting. The combination of the two breeds is about 60% Mastiff and 40% of Bulldog. Then the dog was used as a hunting dog and then as a watchdog by the Diamond Society of South Africa.
Recognized as a purebred by the English Kennel Club in 1924, it was soon followed with recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1933.
With such a strong appearance, the Bullmastiff is impressive enough in its natural abilities of intimidation, but you need to get a handle on training this dog breed early in its life. Because of the strong need to protect the family it's with or the person that it deems its owner, you will need to find ways to control this protective instinct without snuffing it out. This can begin with socializing the Bullmastiff when it's a puppy. Allow this dog to interact with other puppies to help it become more used to other dogs; if that's the setting you bring it home to.
If you are going to have a family setting around the Bullmastiff, you will want to bring it home as a puppy so that it learns who it needs to feel are its family. When children grow up with this dog breed, there can be a very playful and loving relationship. These dogs can be quite affectionate with those they are owned by and will be protective once this relationship is established - without additional training from you.
As a part of its nature, the Bullmastiff is going to be a drooler and a snorer, so be ready for these behaviors when you first bring this dog home. Puppies will tend to be awkward too when they're first in the home, but they will gain their agility quickly as they get older.
These Bullmastiffs respond to your tone of voice as they are quite sensitive to the changes, so be sure to remember this when you are training them and maintain a consistent tone.
It can help to bring this dog breed to obedience classes, if possible in your area, but you will need to maintain their lessons once they come home. Consistency is a big thing to keep in mind with this dog breed, as with nearly every breed. They need to know that you are the one that's in charge and that for certain behaviors, they will be reprimanded or scolded, but for others, they will be praised.
However, it's never a good idea to send a Bullmastiff to a kennel or pen if they have not behaved correctly or even as a part of their natural routine. They want to be around people and can become irritated and hard to manage when this interaction is taken away from them.
It's important that the owner of this breed be able to assert their authority over the dog, as this is what will make the dog see that they are being loyal to the right person. Be sure to demonstrate that you are in control of the situation at all times.
The Bullmastiff has a life span of around 8-10 years, which is relatively low compared to many other breeds. There are a number of health problems that are associated with the Bullmastiff breed, and this includes HD and elbow dysplasia, bloat, torsion, ectropion, entropion, and also a tendency towards respiratory difficulties. This breed should be kept out of extreme heat and sun, as they can suffer heatstroke.