A gentle giant, the Bullmastiff can get up to 130 pounds – the same size as many humans! Agile and active, this breed acts as a natural guardian to its family. This can be traced back to his past in England where he guarded estates from poachers.
Surprisingly, the Bullmastiff doesn’t require a huge amount of exercise and needs very little grooming. If you have the room, this breed makes an excellent companion – he’s loyal and affectionate and charming.
The Bullmastiff was bred from the aggressive Bulldog and the large but less aggressive Mastiff to produce a guardian dog to ward off poachers in the 1800s. Bullmastiffs were charged with guarding British gamekeepers lands.
The breed was also imported to South Africa to guard De Beers’ diamond minds in the early 1900s.
Bullmastiff Training & Temperament
Bullmastiffs are not only strong but also strong willed. Early socialization and training is important. With the right exposure these dog can be trained for activities including obedience, agility, and tracking.
Bullmastiffs have varying levels of energy. They generally need to be walked daily, but don’t need to be run. They enjoy being outside but should be fenced as they’re protective of their territory.
Occasional brushing helps with seasonal shedding. They need bathing when dirty and a healthy diet to maintain their coat.
As with many larger breeds Bullmastiffs can have hip and joint issues. They can also develop bloat, which can related to eating a large meal or too much water. They should avoid vigorous exercise right afterward.