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Bullmastiff


General Information - Bullmastiff


Group:
Utility

Size:
Large

Lifespan:
8-10 years

Exercise:
Low

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
Very low

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very high

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Estate guardian



History

The Bullmastiff was developed in Britain and recognised officially in 1924. Sixty percent of its background comes from the Mastiff and the other forty comes from the Bulldog. The dog's purpose was to serve as the night watch for gamekeepers. By the end of the 19th century, poaching of game on large estates had become common and poachers would rather kill the gamekeeper than face the death penalty themselves. The Bullmastiff was quick and agile; it was courageous enough to attack on command, hold the perpetrator, and yet not maul him. The breed also worked as an army dog and a police dog, as well as family protector. The Bullmastiff enjoys family life in the suburbs and can adapt to apartment life as long as daily exercise is provided.

Temperament

The Bullmastiff's personality is a well-rounded and robust one. It is fearless, obedient, loyal and affectionate and makes a good family protector. The breed also does well in obedience.

Upkeep

The Bullmastiff is a big dog and needs daily exercise to stay in shape. Its needs are moderate, however, and can be met with walks on leash and short romps. It does not do well in hot, humid weather and generally should be kept as an indoor dog. It needs a soft bed and plenty of room to stretch out. It drools; some snore. Coat care is minimal.