the English estates of the early 1900’s the need of
the Gamekeepers to have a strong, powerful & agile
dog to deter or catch poachers resulted in the creation
of the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog, as the Bullmastiff
was first referred to. This Bullmastiff evolved from
a mix of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. They are a silent
powerful dog, capable of handling the physical abuse
a desperate poacher might inflict with the fear of
death or deportation if caught. The temperament of
these early dogs was much more aggressive than is
necessary or tolerated in today’s society. They are
a natural guard dog, that may not seem as active as
some of the other guard breeds, but is quite capable
of doing the job. They are quick to pick up on who
is a welcome visitor & who is not.
The original colour of the Bullmastiff
is brindle, but it is now more commonly found in the
red & fawn, all with a black mask. They have a
short coat that with regular brushing a few times
a week will keep the loose hairs away.
The Bullmastiff is a large powerful
dog. Loyalty is a basic trait in the Bullmastiff character
- they will protect their family at whatever cost
to themself. People who are not prepared to take the
time to properly control & train a Bullmastiff
puppy should not be the owners of an adult Bullmastiff.
Due to their intelligence and independence of mind
combined with the size & strength to follow through
with their desires, basic rules of behaviour need
to be set and adhered to with a Bullmastiff. Bullmastiffs
may appear stubborn when it comes to training, but
it is with consistent firm training that they soon
follow the required guidelines you set down.
Due to the large size that these dogs
mature to, the bones in the first year take time to
develop and any exercise other than what a back yard
may provide is unnecessary & can be damaging to
the forming bones. Having a second dog of any breed
will require the need for a kennel run for the puppy
to have time to himself.
The Bullmastiff like many of today’s
breed of dogs does suffer from Hip Dysplasia. This
is a condition that affects the hip joints, it can
be inherited or environmentally induced. Responsible
breeders have their breeding stock’s hips x-rayed
and scored as a starting point to strive towards reducing
the incidents of H.D.
Like all dogs, the Bullmastiff should
be Supervised when children are around and they should
not be taken anywhere off lead.
The Bullmastiff is not a dog for
everyone - it takes a special person to be owned by
a Bullmastiff - but we might be just a little bit