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Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiff

General
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Dog Group Kennel Club Working
Breed Classification The Bullmastiff is a member of the working group in America and Britain, however in Australia it is classified as a utility dog. They were originally used as guard dogs and today they are used as guards and as companions.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
The Bullmastiff can be quite demanding in its feeding requirements. As a breed they are reputed to have individual feeding needs. As adults they should be fed twice daily, the breeder will recommend a suitable feeding programme for your dog.
Other Expenses
A puppy will cost in the region of £800 - £1000.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
8
General Physical Description
The Bullmastiff is a powerfully built dog. They have large, square heads with large, muscular necks. A compact dog that is muscular all over and naturally large. Their coats are short, hard and weather proof.
Height Min Max
Bitch 61cm 66cm
Dog 64cm 68cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 41kg 50kg
Dog 50kg 59kg
Size Category Large
Weight Height Range Dogs measure 63.5-68.5cms at the withers and weigh between 50-59kgs. Bitches measure 61-66cms and weigh between 41-50kgs. It is a good idea to remember that when you decide on this dog that it does grow up to be a large, heavy dog.
Ailments The breed is affected by cancer and bloat. Hip dysplasia and temperaments are a concern for breeders but screening can be carried out on the breeders lines. The Bullmastiff is also prone to skin and eye problems. There does appear to be a hereditary back problem that occurs to various degrees.
Common Ailments
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History The Bullmastiff was originally called the 'Gamekeeper’s Night Dog' as they were used to catch poachers. The base stock of the Bullmastiff was 60% English Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. They were created in the late 1800’s. When the need for gamekeepers and the Bullmastiff declined they were used in sport. Someone would run off into the undergrowth and after a short time a muzzled Bullmastiff would be released to see if the person could be found. They were not trained to maul or kill, but to overpower their target. All the records state the dog never lost. The Kennel Club in Britain first recognised the breed in 1925, and the American Kennel Club gave them recognition in 1933.
Intelligence The Bullmastiff can be stubborn and firm handling is required from puppyhood. They can also be quite headstrong and boisterous, especially during adolescence.
Show Characteristics The Bullmastiff has a very distinctive head that should appear large and square. They have a short muzzle with a broad nose and wide nostrils. The mouth should be level, being slightly undershot is allowed. The eyes should be dark or hazel in colour and of medium size. The ears are V shaped and small, they are also darker than the body. The neck is very thick and muscular, it is almost equal to the circumference of the skull. The chest should be wide and deep, the shoulders muscular and powerful. The topline should be level with a short and straight back. The feet should be well arched with rounded toes. The tail should be high set and carried straight or curved. The colours desired are fawn, red or brindle. A small amount of white is allowed on the chest but nowhere else, the muzzle should be black.
Country Of Origin England
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Characteristics
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Energy Medium
Overall Exercise 40 - 60 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone
Personal Protection High
Suitability As Guard Dog High
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression High
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament These dogs are very protective of their family and other household pets. They have to be socialised from an early age. The Bullmastiff will only accept strangers if they are introduced to them by someone they trust. Intruders will be quickly halted in their tracks. It is not really a breed for the novice owner, due to its strength, stubborn and over protective nature.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming Grooming the Bullmastiff is relatively easy, a grooming mitt is all that is required to remove any dead and loose hair.
Colour The Bullmastiff can be fawn, red or brindle, some may have limited white on the chest.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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