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Bullmastiff

 

Bullmastiffs are powerfully built, and their imposing size gives them an intimidating look. One even kept Sylvester Stallone's character company while he trained in the film Rocky. But this dog is a lover, not a biter.

Originally from England, this large and medium-energy breed can grow to between 100-130 pounds and lives an average of 8-10 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginJapan
Breed groupWorking
Average lifespan8-10 years
SizeExtra Large
Bark factorRarely barks, if ever
AKC Ranking48
FamilyLivestock dog
Date of origin1800s
Original function Estate guardian
Today's functionCompanion
Average size of maleHeight: 24-26 Weight: 100-120
Average size of femaleHeight: 24-26 Weight: 100-120

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Low energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Not very playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A BULLMASTIFF'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Bullmastiffs are calm and polite housemates (if you don't count the drool). They love being part of a family. These dogs are playful and gentle with children, but might be protective of your little ones around strangers. Socialization is important. As with any breed, be sure to supervise play with this dog and kids.

Bullmastiffs can be a bit lazy, but don't believe them if they tell you they don't need a walk. This breed should get daily exercise. They don't have to run for miles, but a short jog or a moderate walk every day is important.

WHAT IS BULLMASTIFF BEHAVIOR LIKE?

These dogs make for constant companions and excellent guardians. They are devoted, fearless, and protective house dogs. They're not usually very prone to barking.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BULLMASTIFF?

Bullmastiffs know their own minds; however, they're are also people-pleasers. This is a trainable breed, but you can't bully a Bullmastiff. Be patient and consistent while training. These sensitive dogs respond well to structure and rewards.

Socialize your pup early and often so they can get used to being around strangers and other dogs. Obedience training will help them be good canine citizens and keep their minds active. They can be chewy, so make sure to be thoughtful with toys.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO BULLMASTIFFS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Grooming is relatively easy with a Bullmastiff. Their short single coats are coarse and straight. They're average shedders. Brush them about once a week, and be sure to clean and dry out those deep wrinkles to avoid infection. You might want to bring a towel or dog-safe wet wipe with you to deal with the drool.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BULLMASTIFFS HAVE?

Though generally a healthy breed, some Bullmastiffs are prone to cancer, bloat, and hip dysplasia.

Feeding your baby Bullmastiff a growth food for large-breed puppies will slow their rate of growth but not diminish their adult stature, and may help prevent or reduce the impact of adult-onset hip dysplasia.

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