Bull Mastiffs are originally from England and were obtained by crossing dogs in a 60:40 ratio of Mastiff to Bulldog. The original purpose for this cross was to breed a dog with power, speed and a keen sense of smell combined with the aggression of a bulldog. While these dogs were quite fierce and threatening, they were trained to not bite intruders, instead to rely on their mass to scare unwanted visitors away. These dogs have been prized as hunting guards, police work assistants and all around watch dogs. The Bullmastiffs of today are reliable family companions and guardians, preferring to live inside with their family, with whom they feel most comfortable.
The Bullmastiff shows incredible strength, endurance and alertness. They are a very determined breed concerned with protection and they will not back down from a fight. If they do catch an intruder they will knock him down and hold him awaiting further instructions from their owner. Bull Mastiffs may come across as standoffish to strangers, but are quite loving and affectionate with their owners. Bullmastiffs need strong-willed owners to perform obedience training and socialization at an early age, as this is a dog with a tendency for dog aggression. When properly trained they make a devoted, gentle companion that is very tolerant of children.
Early socialization is key with Bullmastiffs, and even this is not always enough to curb their tendency for aggressive behavior toward other animals. They tend to be very reserved around strangers, while loving and goofy with their owners. They are very devoted family protectors that demand a lot of attention from their owners. They are very docile creatures unless provoked, at which point they will not back down from a confrontation, especially if a member of his family is at risk. Bull Mastiffs crave human attention and do best in environments where at least one person is able to spend time with the dog a majority of the day. While these dogs are very attentive to the tone of your voice, they do need an owner that will be able to put their foot down and teach him/her good behaviors.
Daily walks and room to run are ideal for this dog, especially to prevent obesity. Their coats are short and dense and the best maintenance is to use a rubber brush or massage glove to remove old, dead hairs.
Cancer, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion/bloat and boils on lips and eyes.
Average Height: Male – 25 to 27 inches / Female – 24 to 25 inches
Average Weight: Male – 110 to 135 pounds / Female – 100 to 120 pounds
Colors: Brindle, fawn and red.
Category: Mastiff, Working