Size: Large - giant Height: 61 - 69cm (24 - 27 inches) Weight: 41 - 59 kg (90 - 130 lb) Life Span: 10 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Medium Feeding: Demanding Temperament: Reserved & faithful Country of Origin: Britain AKC Group: Working
Temperament: The Bullmastiff is reliable, alert, lovable and independent. Bullmastiffs are not suitable as children's pets, with their weight reaching up to 60kg. But Bullmastiffs do make good family companions, as they are trustworthy and are utterly faithful. They have strong guarding instincts and only bark to attract attention, so causes should always be investigated. The Bullmastiff should be thorougly trained when young, as unobedient dogs of this size can be unsafe.
Grooming: Coat care for Bullmastiff is minimal and only occasional brushing is necessary.
Exercise: The Bullmastiff has an average demand for exercise and is satisfied with an outing or two a day with opportunites to run and play off lead.
Feeding: Bullmastiffs have a demanding appetite, which isn't surprising considering their large frame. They are slow to mature physically and they need plenty of calcium and vitamins until they are 18 months old.
History: During 17th and 18th centuries when poaching was common in Britain, gamekeepers found Mastiffs too slow and cumbersome to be effective deterrents. Bulldogs were more active and agile in those days but were too small to bring a poacher to ground. The gamekeepers found answer by crossing Mastiff with Bulldog. This cross-breeding produced a dog that retained desired size and strength but with increased agility. While serving their purpose, Bullmastiffs varied greatly in appearance. It wasn't until 1924 that their conformity was established and they warranted breed registration in Britain.