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Country of origin:
Great Britain

Domestic, guard dog

Brown tabby, fawn, reddish brown, tiger

Calm, understanding, patient, loyal, alert, courageous, guarding, quick, strong, sturdy, stubborn

61-68.5 cm

41-59 kg

10-12 years

Other names:


Fashion size:
5-8 puppies

Bullmastiff – an impressive looking dog with courage and stamina. Bullmastiffs are considered to be excellent guardians and loyal companions for their owners. Although they may look intimidating, they are in fact patient and self-possessed dogs that have no need to be afraid. Bullmastiffs never step on their prey and never bite a person who is standing still, and aggression is not a characteristic of Bullmastiffs. Bullmastiffs are excellent family friends who are willing to get along with children and can easily put up with their little antics. They are not pampered pets and are comfortable in all weathers. For a Bullmastiff, the most important thing is to be as close as possible to his family and to be valued as a full member of the family.

History of the breed

The Bullmastiff – is a dog breed that was bred in England. As the name suggests, the breed was created by crossing Mastiffs and Bulldogs (the Bullmastiff – is said to be 60 percent Mastiff and 40 percent Bulldog). dogs very similar to the Bullmastiff existed in 1795. During that period, these dogs protected forests from intruders, but they were trained not to bite but to knock them to the ground and hold them. Bullmastiffs were even called “the night dogs of the eigles” because they were excellent helpers in protecting the territory. These dogs had to be strong, persistent, hardy and massive enough to hold back even armed people. These desirable qualities were tested not only in poaching but also in bullfights. The Cynological Club recognised the Bullmastiff breed in 1924.

Bulmastiff: appearance

The Bullmastiff is a large and stocky dog. Males are 63,5-68,5 cm tall and females can be 61-66 cm tall. Females are not only shorter but also smaller – their weight can range from 41 to 50 kg (males – 50 to 59 kg). The chest of the Bullmastiff is broad and deep and the shoulders – very muscular. The front legs are strong and straight, the angles of the hind legs are moderately pronounced and the thighs are very muscular. The paws are relatively small compared to the size of the dog, the toes are flexed and curved. The back is short and straight, the waist broad and muscular. The neck is convex, of medium length and almost equal to the head. The tail is high, thick at the base, tapering towards the rear. The head is massive, square-shaped, with a wrinkled forehead. Eyes medium sized, dark in colour. Ears triangular, small, darker than the main colour. Muzzle dark, nose black, nostrils broad. A straight bite is preferable, but a slight overbite is also allowed. The coat is short, close-fitting and weather-resistant. Various coat colours are allowed: brownish mottled, yellowish brown, reddish brown.

Bulmastiff: character

Bullmastiffs are considered to be excellent watchdogs – this breed of dog is always willing to defend its owner and its property.Of course, it is important to train a watchdog properly and to ensure that its behaviour is acceptable. Bullmastiffs are great friends of children, who are eager to play with them and even obey their rules. As this breed is characterised by patience and self-restraint, you can be sure that the dog will behave appropriately with children (and children should also be taught how to behave with dogs). The Bullmastiff can get along with a wide range of pets in the home, but there is one condition – the Bullmastiff must have grown up with them from a young age.

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