Discover all the information you need to know about the Bullmastiff, a breed of short-haired dog: origin, size, health, behavior.
Fostering a dog is not something to be taken lightly. Before adopting or buying an animal, it is necessary to be sure of your decision and to be certain of being able to provide the dog with what it needs. And not all dog breeds have the same needs. The Bullmastiff, a very large dog with developed muscles, needing to exercise, will not be able to live in an apartment, unlike the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, for example, who is smaller and more suited to life without a garden.
Thus, there are many parameters to take into account before welcoming a dog, whether it is an adoption or a purchase from a breeder, and in particular a Bullmastiff, breed of very affectionate dogs, despite their powerful appearance, excellent companion dogs but also excellent guard dogs. Discover all the information you need to know about the Bullmastiff: coat, size, origin, character, education, health.
Bullmastiff breed: all the information you need to know about this very affectionate dog / Credit: Instagram
Race Bullmastiff: coat, color, size
The Bullmastiff, is a short haired pedigree dog of very tall build, with developed musculature and a large head.
Physical characteristics of the Bullmastiff:
Hair type: The Bullmastiff has a short, hard coat, which protects it from bad weather.
Dress color: The coat of Bullmastiffs can be fawn, red, or brindle, they can sometimes have a white spot on the neckline.
Template: Very large, the Bullmastiff is a massive dog. He is part of group 2 of Pinscher and Schnauzer type dogs, molossoids.
Weight : The Bullmastiff weighs between 41 and 50 kg for females and between 50 and 59 kg for males.
Cut : The Bullmastiff measures between 60 and 66 cm for females, between 63 and 68 cm for males.
Particularity: If the Bullmastiff has a powerful and muscular body, a broad skull, a developed jaw, it however has very small v-shaped ears, darker than the color of its coat.
The origin of the breed bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is a breed of dog originating from Great Britain, created at the beginning of the 20th century by the crossing of a Mastiff and an English Bulldog. Since its origin, the Bullmastiff has been used as a guard dog for individuals but also for estates, with game wardens, in order to limit poaching around properties.
Bullmastiff breed: it is a cross between a Mastiff and an English Bulldog / Credit: Instagram
The character of the Bullmastiff
Contrary to what his appearance may suggest, his impressive musculature and his sometimes harsh gaze, the Bullmastiff is a very affectionate dog, making it an excellent companion dog. He is even sociable and jovial. He is not aggressive, even towards strangers to his family, and he likes to play with children. Beware, however, of other dogs: the Bullmastiff can be dominant, so you have to get him used to accepting the presence of other canines as soon as he is a puppy, socialization is essential to the education of the Bullmastiff. The Bullmastiff has a protective character, which makes it an excellent guard dog, in addition to its size, which can be impressive. But it remains a calm dog.
The Bullmastiff does not like loneliness, he needs the presence of his master, to whom he is totally devoted. He also needs to spend himself, and therefore space. The Bullmastiff is a breed of dog that cannot live in an apartment, they need at least a garden and will flourish all the more in the countryside in large spaces. And Bullsmastiffs must be walked several times a day, without pushing them too much to preserve their articulation.
Bullmastiff breed: this dog can’t live in an apartment, he needs a garden / Credit: Instagram
The education and health of the Bullmastiff
The education of the Bullmastiff must be paramount. From an early age, it must be trained, so as not to be uncontrollable in adulthood, when its size and weight will prevent it from being managed. From puppyhood, it is necessary to impose rules of good behavior on him. The practice of a canine sport in a club can help train the Bullmastiff (in addition to allowing him to exercise and to acclimatize to the presence of other dogs – the socialization of this breed of dog is necessary). Bullmastiffs are recommended for masters who have already had dogs, preferably large ones, and informed about the education and handling of a dog as powerful as the Bullmastiff.
The health of Bullmastiffs is quite solid, which is not prone to many diseases. But, like many big dogs, they may have hip dysplasia. Hence the importance of watching their diet to avoid overweight and make him exercise regularly. Bullmastiffs can also be prone to eye problems. It is recommended to clean their eyes regularly, with saline solution for example. Despite their short hair, Bullmastiffs are not a hypoallergenic dog breed. Their life expectancy is estimated between 8 and 10 years.
Bullmastiff breed: the life expectancy of the Bullmastiff is estimated between 8 and 10 years / Credit: Instagram
Bullmastiff breed: maintenance and feeding
The Bullmastiff, having the short hair, doesn’t shed much hair, which makes maintenance easy. Regular brushing – several times a week – is recommended to keep the coat clean and healthy. You should also check your eyes and ears for dirt on a regular basis. It may be necessary to clean the folds of his muzzle from time to time to avoid skin problems.
The Bullmastiff’s diet must be monitored and regulated so that he doesn’t gain too much weight. Because the Bullmastiff is a greedy dog. Thus, it is preferable to divide his croquettes into two rations per day, so that he does not swallow all of a sudden. Dog food such as Bullmastiffs are available in pet stores or specialty stores, they can also be purchased from the veterinarian.
Bullmastiff breed: breeding
When a female Bullmastiff puts bat, she gives birth to between 4 and 13 puppies, in each litter. When buying, you have to count between 1200 euros and 1500 euros for a breeding Bullmastiff puppy, whether male or female. Before buying a puppy in breeding, it is necessary to find out about the seriousness of the breeder and the conditions of breeding dogs.
Bullmastiff breed: a female Bullmastiff can give birth to up to 13 puppies / Credit: Instagram
The Bullmastiff, dog with an imposing and powerful physique