Facts and Information about Bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs: Breeders, Puppies And Adult Dogs

By: Derek Earl

Published: May 22, 2007

Bullmastiffs are not Grandma's fluffy, foo-foo dog, nor are they Aunt Jackie's yapping, ankle-biter. A Bullmastiff is a big, loyal, protective breed of dog. Bullmastiffs were bred in England by crossing the English Bulldog and the English Mastiff, and thoroughbreds are 60% bulldog and 40% mastiff. Recognized first as a breed back in 1924, the Bullmastiff has been protecting its owners ever since.

Bullmastiffs were first bred to guard hunting lands against poachers.

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They are also  very protective and possessive of their family, and tend to dislike other dogs. As a result, most breeders recommend  socializing the dog from the time it is a puppy. Bullmastiffs live well indoors, but they also frequently drool and slober. Adult dogs can tend to be a bit lazy, so exercising them is important to control their weight. Be warned, these dogs have a stubborn streak, so they may not be receptive to obedience training.

Bullmastiffs are physically large dogs weighing between 100 and 130 pounds, with males a little larger than females. Coat colors include faun and brindle, although faun has become more common since the darker brindle coats were popular when the breed was used as a night time guard dog. Common illnesses that Bullmastiffs suffer from include hip or elbow displasia, entropion, hypothyroidism, and lymphoma. Bullmastiffs have a maximum life span of about ten years.

Anyone who has ever owned a puppy (or been to Jr. High School) knows what puppy love means and Bullmastiff puppies are just as adorable as any other breed. A purebred Bullmastiff puppy will cost about a thousand dollars ,and it is important when investing that kind of money to learn something about the quality of the breeders the puppy is being purchased from. A high quality breeder is knowledgeable about the breed, is willing to give a tour of their facility, has a relationship with a local Vet, requires potential owners to spend time with the puppy before buying, and has requirements for potential owners, too.

Bullmastiffs are excellent guard dogs and family dogs. The breed has been popular for police work and is even used to guard diamond mines in South Africa. It may seem a contradiction that Bullmastiffs are good police and family dogs, but dog lovers who want lots of love in return often choose to own Bullmastiffs.
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