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.
Am I the pet for you?
- Bullmastiffs are good family pets that are great with children. Though this dog may be a better fit for older children that won’t accidentally be bowled over by this big breed.
- They should be supervised when around children.
- Bullmastiffs are brilliant guard dogs that remain relatively silent until disturbed by unwelcome guests. Their size is also a deterrent to potential prowlers.
- They do not require too much exercise so can be a good fit for homebodies and apartment living.
- Bullmastiffs have a relatively short lifespan of only 8-10 years.
- Bullmastiffs are big dogs that love their food so feeding and caring for these gentle giants can prove costly.
- They can be sloppy droolers and your clothes, couch and belongings may become sloppy with this dog around!
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