The Bullmastiff is a dog of incredible strength, keen alertness, and surprising endurance. Although characterized by gentleness, they are a natural guardian of the home and will not back down from a fight. To strangers they are rather standoffish, but they are loving toward their owner. Bullmastiffs are normally very gentle, cheerful and calm. They make a devoted, gentle companion.
They are also known as the "gamekeeper's dog" because they were bred to accompany gamekeepers for the ability to track and overpower a poacher.
- HISTORY/ORIGIN: Developed in the late nineteenth century by crossing the Mastiff with the Bulldog. He was breed to combine power, speed and a keen sense of smell with the courage and aggression of a bulldog. In 1924 he was standardized and was officially recognized in England.
- HEIGHT: 25 - 27 in.
- WEIGHT: 90 - 130 lbs.
- COLORS: Shades of brindle, fawn or red. Slight white marking on the chest is permissible, black muzzle.
- COAT: Short, smooth, dense.
- TEMPERAMENT: Loving, courageous, loyal; Tolerates children; Should be socialized with other animals at an early age.
- CARE AND EXERCISE: Minimal brushing of his coat. A good rubdown with a rubber brush or massage glove will remove old dead hairs. Nails should be kept short. Diet and daily exercise need to be balanced to prevent obesity. Daily walks or lost of running space is ideal.
- HEALTH ISSUES: Hip dysplasia, gastric torsion and cancer.
- CATEGORY: Working
- REGISTRIES: UCA, AKC, UKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB)
- LIVING ENVIRONMENT: Outdoor