AKC PuppyFinder: Bullmastiff Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Brave, affectionate, and loyal, the Bullmastiff will always have your back.
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Calm and low-key, but they do well at lots of different dog sports, like agility, and make great therapy dogs.
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 25-27 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 110-130 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-9 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Poachers on English estates were right to be wary of the Bullmastiff. Bred to track and hold an intruder at bay, his powerful build belies an affectionate, docile temperament. As fearless and confident as he is, you'll not find a more sweet-natured family companion. Your Bullmastiff puppy will be protective of his family, so lots of early socialization with people and other dogs will help him be a happy family member. Beneath that tough-guy exterior is a sensitive, loving heart of gold.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1934
Breed History & Job Description: How did the Bullmastiff come to be? His name says it all: In the 1800s, the breed was developed by combining the Mastiff and the Bulldog. Originally called “the gamekeeper’s night dog,” they were used to deal with the problem of poaching. This was when someone would sneak onto the property of a rich landowner to steal birds and rabbits for food. The courageous Bullmastiff would knock the poacher to the ground and hold him in place—but not bite him—until a groundskeeper arrived.
Bullmastiffs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bullmastiffs are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Services
- Breed Club Rescue Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Virginia Rowland)
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: 978 424 1044
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.bullmastiff.us/rescue.html