The Bull Mastiff originates from England and It is a cross between a Bulldog and a Mastiff. It was developed to track criminals and poachers.
It was also used as a hunting escort and regularly worked with the armed forces, security services and the police force.
Today the dog is a good family companion and will defend it's owners and family unquestionably.
This breed is a member of the American Kennel Club's Working Group.
Thisis a very powerful but agile dog, With a broad wrinkled head and fairly short, square, dark muzzle, the breed stands from twenty-five to twenty-seven inches in height. The female dog is from twenty-four to twenty-six inches. The weight is 110 - 133 pounds, with the female weighing in at between 90 - 110 pounds.
The short, slightly rough coat comes in brindle, fawn or red, often with black markings on the head.
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This dog is not ideal for appartments as this breed needs plenty of exercise. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with a home that has a large fenced yard. If you don't have a fenced yard, plenty of exercise is important and you should be prepared to take your dog for a long walk twice a day to keep it happy.
These dogs love human attention and are not happy being left alone for long periods of time. They are not a good choice for people who work away from home for long hours.
This is a very powerful dog and therefore needs a firm master. It is not a good choice for first time dog owners. A strong handler and dog obedience training is a must for the Bull Mastiff and socialization with other dogs and people is important at an early stage as Bull Mastiffs tend to be aggressive with other dogs and are reserved with strangers.
The Bull Mastiff is a more aggressive breed than its cousin, the Mastiff. Ongoing training should be scheduled to contain the independent instinct of these dogs.
The shorthaired, slightly rough coat of this breed is easy to groom. Comb and brush the coat with a firm bristle brush. Bathing and shampooing are required only when your dog has gotten into mud or something with a strong odor. There is very little shedding with this breed. The feet should be checked regularly and the nails should be trimmed occasionally.
Be careful not to overfeed your dog. These dogs have a tendency to be lazy and they can get fat if not fed properly.
These very hardy dogs are accustomed to harsh conditions and are rarely ill, but there are some health problems you should be aware of. Some dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia or eye problems such as cataracts. Also, they can be prone to boils on the lips and bloat.
The Bull Mastiff tends to drool and slobber. However, his protective spirit will far outweigh these little inconveniences. This dog is a great watchdog and will defend his beloved family with vigor