THE BULLMASTIFF BREED
EVEN TEMPERED, GENTLE, LOYAL & FEATURED IN THE POETRY OF CHAUCER
DANNA FEATURED BELOW IS THE PROUD MOTHER OF TORI
THE BULLMASTIFF IS RECOGNIZED AS A BREED IN THE AKC WORKING DOG CLASS
The Bullmastiff is a cross between the English Mastiff and English Bulldog. The were developed in England in the latter part of the 19th century to stop poaching on the estates of gamekeepers. They wanted a dog with the courage of a bulldog and the power, speed and sense of smell of the Mastiff. They were taught to down and subdue poachers without injuring them.
The Bullmastiff’s head is large and square with a pronounced stop and short, broad muzzle. The breed has a solid body with deep, broad chest and short back. It’s coat is short and smooth and lies flat. Their colors include brindle, fawn and red and they have black markings on their head. The breed is very large with the males standing 24 to 27 inches at the shoulders and the females between 24 to 26 inches. Male dogs tip the scales at 110 to 130 pounds and females at 100 to 120 pounds.
The Bullmastiff temperment is loveable, trustworthy and fearless. They are mild mannered and docile, but when aroused can be aggressive with other male dogs and strangers. Despite this, the breed is very tolerant of children and small pets. They are too large to be a small child’s pet. Puppies and adolescents are exuberant and may inadvertently send a toddler flying. They are great family pets for older children.
Bullmastiffs do not require a lot of exercise but should be exercised regularly to keep them fit. They require minimal grooming. This large breed has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years.