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Background Bullmastiffs were bred to catch, pin and hold down poachers in the forests of England. The gamekeepers needed an agile, strong and obedient dog, so they crossed the English Mastiff and the British Bulldog, arriving at a final mix of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. These original gamekeepers’ dogs were more aggressive than is considered either necessary or acceptable in today’s Bullmastiff.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Bullmastiffs live to 8 - 10 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Bullmastiffs have a more independent mindset than many of the other guarding breeds. Combine a sense of possessiveness with this independent streak and ability to reason, plus factor in the agility, intelligence and power of a dog of the size called for in the breed standard, and you have an extremely impressive animal indeed. These dogs can be very gentle or total clowns; they can be curled up napping or viewing television with small children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. Each Bullmastiff has a personality of its own. The true Bullmastiff character should exhibit dignity, alertness, intelligence, stability and loyalty. They should be neither too assertive nor too passive. The Bullmastiff’s favourite spot in the house or yard is the one that will afford the best overall view of its territory. It may appear to be at ease, while still being extremely aware of the slightest changes that occur. The Bullmastiff has an innate talent for distinguishing who belongs on the property and who is an intruder. Obedience training is a must for such a large and powerful dog, in order for it to happily co-exist in the average household. The prime factor in training a Bullmastiff is consistency. From the first minute one acquires this breed basic behaviour guidelines must be set down and adhered to. Regular, firm but kind training helps bring out the intelligent nature of this magnificent dog. Absolute temperament stability is obligatory in a breed of this size and capability. Loyalty is a hallmark of the Bullmastiff character. These dogs will love and protect their families, no matter what the cost may be to them.
Compatibility with other pets As a general rule, mature Bullmastiff males do not get along well with other males. Occasionally females will not tolerate other females. Although there are always exceptions, it is less likely that two dogs of the same sex will get along, especially after sexual maturity. If you are planning to purchase two Bullmastiffs, it is recommended that you get one of each sex.
Care Requirements The coat requires minimal work to keep it in good condition. It is a waterproof jacket that for the most part manages to look impressive, even with very little attention. Brushing several times a week will take care of any loose hairs, while regular use of a rubber hound glove will apply pressure all over the body to stimulate the flow of oil and massage the skin to a healthy condition. Exercise is necessary and important; however Bullmastiffs need only a limited amount of exercise to keep fit and healthy. Never over exercise a Bullmastiff, especially in its formative first year. Once this breed is about a year of age, formal exercise can then begin. Bullmastiffs do not physically mature until they are about three years old. Do not push them past their limits and they will reward your care with many years of faithful companionship.
Please Take Note Generally Bullmastiffs are not jumpers, however they can, with provocation, jump high fences - so 1.5 metre (5 feet) high fences are the absolute minimum, with 1.8 metres (6 feet) preferred. All Bullmastiffs need to have a suitable kennel for when the need arises. Certain health conditions, such as Entropian and Hip Dysplasia can occur in Bullmastiffs, as with some other breeds. Contact breed experts or veterinarians for additional information.
Ideal Owner/s The Bullmastiff is not the breed for everyone. Due to its intelligence, independence of mind, size, and strength to back up its wishes, the Bullmastiff should not be owned by those who are not willing or are afraid to enforce rules of proper behaviour. A person or family who is willing to offer a Bullmastiff appropriate love and discipline will find the dog becomes one of its owner’s greatest pleasures in life.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Bullmastiff and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.