Bullmastiff dog breed originates from the United Kingdom. In theory, this should be one of the most popular guard dogs. His speed, strength and endurance help him catch intruders without hurt or kill them. Beautiful and powerful, he is known on all continents, but never reached the popularity of his German equivalent – the Rottweiler.
The breed has been selected by farmers in the UK to protect game preserves from poachers. In the process of creating the breed, they crossed the Old English Bulldog and English Dog (the ratio is 40 to 60%).
The breed was officially recognized in 1924. The same year was made the breed standard.
The Bullmastiff is strong and healthy with a muscular physique and remarkable endurance and strength. His body is athletic with strong and stable legs. His weight is about 40-50 kg and height reaches about 60-70 cm. The coat is short, smooth and thick, and the color varies - red and fawn, fawn, brown with darker spots, red.
Character and behavior
Although it may seem aggressive, this friend will never hurt you from cruelty because he just does not possess one. Speaking about his character, some experts even claim that Bullmastiff is like an old wise warrior, familiar with the true value of life. This is well said, because this giant is so disciplined and restrained, tht he is able to gain the trust and respect of the greatest skeptics. The Bullmastiff is a nice animal, very loyal and devoted to his owners, also fearless and has a highly developed protective reflex. Strong, alert and calm, the Bullmastiff is confident and at the same time kind and gentle. If left in a calm environment, he will develop his natural role of defender.
Training and education
This is an intelligent dog that learns quickly, but he is stubborn sometimes which makes him a little difficult for dressage. The Bullmastiff is suitable for people with more experience in breeding dogs and requires someone who is confident in training - consistent but careful. This happy animal is a great companion and family pet, as well as the perfect watch dog. Do not overload him in hot days because he can get sunstroke.
Bullmastiff owners say that after the command, the dog rushes to the attacker, but doesn't hurt him. He presses the intruder against the ground while waiting for further instructions. Truly unique, right?
Dogs of this breed are active, vibrant and love long walks and exercise. They are surprisingly gentle to their owners and can transform to a spoiled playful puppy.
When choosing from different puppies for sale, keep in mind that this wouldn't be a very long relationship. Sadly the life expectancy of the Bullmastiff is about 8-10 years, which is relatively short compared to many other dogs of this size. There are many health problems associated with the breed - HD, entropy, respiratory problems and others. Bullmastiffs should be kept away from heat and strong sunlight.
Grooming and care
Be sure to regularly check the ears of your puppy for ear mites. If you notice any, remove them carefully with a cotton swab soaked in oil. Bullmastiff's most delicate and sensitive part is the eyes. Clean them daily. Also, be careful with nails. Combing from time to time is enough to keep the hair in good shape. You can also use the massaging glove for removing dead hair. Finally, select the “lair” of your Bullmastiff carefully because the breed is known for its susceptibility to blistering on the elbows, most often caused by prolonged lying on hard surfaces.
Children and other pets
The Bullmastiff is extremely kind with children, a great companion for games. Also gets along well with other pets, although among other dogs likes to be the leader. Might be jealous of his territory when there are unfamiliar animals around. Among strangers is reserved, but unconditionalлy loves his family.
If aggressiveness is incited by inconsiderate manner or even worse, if you incite him against people, you could awake his primary instincts, though this has never been required by the original breeders. They were looking for more efficacy than pure violence.