Lifespan: 10 Years
Pups per Litter: 4-13
Average Weight: 100-133 lbs
Average Height: 24-27 inches
Exercise/Activity Level: Low
Temperament with: Children
The Bullmastiff were originally bred in the United Kingdom. They were created by mixing Bulldogs with Mastiffs. They were bred for the use of game keepers and were taught to fight off poachers in a daunting manner but trained to not harm them when doing so.
The Bullmastiff is a sweet, loving companion breed that is protective of their family. They have a great disposition and are calm dogs. They are known to be great with children but need socialization with dogs and other family pets from puppy hood. Bull Mastiffs, despite their size are sensitive dogs. They are extremely loyal to their family and will guard the house in a flash. They are known as watchful dogs and wouldn’t hurt an intruder but will pin and hold them, as they were bred to do with poachers.
Weighing in at 100-133 lbs (45-60 kgs) and averaging 24-27 inches high, the Bullmastiff is an impressive dog. They are muscular and powerful dogs that have an intimidating look but their personality is the opposite. The Bullmastiffs eyes are of medium size and are alert, and their nose is large with wide nostrils. They have a large head and their jaw displays an under bite. The coat is short and hard and is either red, fawn or brindle and the face/muzzle should be black. The Bullmastiffs legs are muscular and their tail is long and comes to a point.
The Bull Mastiff is prone to Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, tumors and bloat. When feeding this breed, feed smaller portioned meals a few times a day rather then one or two larger meals to prevent stomach torsion from happening. They are also prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
The Bullmastiff will need very firm and consistent training as early as possible. They do not require harsh training as they are a sensitive breed, just an owner who can be the leader and teach this dog their place in the family. They need to have an owner who is experienced either with this breed or in obedience as this dog can be dominant. They will also need to be socialized at pup hood, especially around other dogs and people.
The Bull Mastiff is a low maintenance dog. They have a short coat and are average shedders, so weekly brushing will be good. They should be bathed according to the owners discretion and should have their nails clipped regularly as they are carrying around a lot of weight and with long nails, can be painful as explained on Petsium.
This breed is categorized in the Working Group. They would do well in apartments if they are exercised regularly. They are not as active inside so will not need a house to roam around in. A yard or even access to a park would be perfect for this breed. The average lifespan of the Bullmastiff is around 10 years and under. They have on average 4-13 pups per litter. When obtaining a puppy Bullmastiff, keep in mind that every puppy is different and to research your breed before bringing the baby home!