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Bull Mastiff

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Unlike their scary sounding name, Bullmastiff's are kind-natured dogs that love to be an integral part of the family. Whether they are curled up on the sofa or accompanying you for a relaxing walk around the block, this canine loves to take it easy.

If you are seeking a large dog that is a little bit of a couch potato then perhaps you should consider bringing home a Bullmastiff.

Where I'm From

The Bullmastiff was developed by gamekeepers in England in the 1800s to help guard properties from intruders and poachers. They are a mix between the Old English Bulldog, now extinct, and the English Mastiff. The Bullmastiff became known as a Gamekeeper’s Night Dog and was well regarded as a strong and loyal dog that remained quiet until they had to raise their master’s attention to a prowling trespasser.

The breed was first recognised in England in 1924.

What I Look Like

Bullmastiffs are a big and muscular breed of dog with a short face and upturned snout. The large frame is covered in a brindle, fawn or red short coat, with a dark brown or black muzzle and ears. Sometimes they also have a small white spot on their chest. With a long tail and folded over years they make a handsome looking dog.

How I Act

Bullmastiffs are bold and self-assured dogs that are very loyal to their adoptive families and properties they are protecting. They are good family dogs that can be gentle and patient with children despite their size. They also don’t mind being left alone when you are at work as they are likely to just chill out on the couch until your return.

Bullmastiffs are smart dogs that are easy to train. Socialisation and training needs to begin young as these large dogs reach adult stage quickly and can be antisocial if they don’t spend plenty of time with other dogs and people early on. You don’t want a big dog lacking discipline or they may end up ruling over the household. They can also be wilful and need the guidance of a firm owner who will provide a consistent authority. Bullmastiffs are not a good fit for first time dog owners.

Though Bullmastiffs are a big breed they are perfectly content lazing about the household during the day or when the family members are out and about. Nevertheless. Bullmastiffs still require a good dose of daily exercise of around 30 mins per day to remain fit and healthy. They love a walk around the block and also enjoy challenging tasks such as dog agility training.

Looking After Me

Bullmastiffs are large dogs with hearty appetites and require a high quality meal of dry dog food twice a day as per packaging instructions. It is always best to remove uneaten portions to the next feeding time to prevent overeating.

Bullmastiffs have a short easy care coat offering all weather protection and are minimal shedders. Their coat can be maintained with a daily brush down and occasional bath when required.

Extra care needs to be taken in summer months as the Bullmastiff’s short snout makes them prone to overheating. They require a cool resting area and plenty of water to stay cool. Exercise should only be undertaken during cooler early morning or evening temperatures.

Bullmastiffs tend to be healthy dogs but may suffer from a number health ailments throughout their lifetime including hip and elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, eye or heart defects, cancer and skins problems among others. They also can experience bloat , which can be fatal, so need their meals spread out over the day rather than all at once in one large meal.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy’s parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog though not every ailment can be predicted. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

A Bullmastiff's lifespan is typically 8-10 years.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.