Bullmastiffs: just the facts ...
Here are a few things you should know:
Yes, they drool. This varies depending on the dog, but some drool
and foam up a lot. If you're squeamish about a little saliva,
cross bullmastiffs off your list.
they are big. Males weigh in the neighborhood of 130 lbs, females, 110
lbs. This is a lot of dog. If you are not at least as smart and more
stubborn than they are, forget it.
Yes, they are expensive to keep. Veterinary visits, prescriptions,
toys and food will have you spending lots of money each year
if you're going to care for your bullmastiff properly. Remember that
it costs a lot more to medicate a dog that weighs 100 lbs than it
does to medicate a dog that weighs 30 lbs.
Yes, they should live indoors. I won't place my puppies
with people whose dogs live outside. Bullmastiffs want to be with
their people, period.
Yes, most are protective ... but not all. Most bullies are
instinctively protective of their home and family.
Yes, they are very affectionate. This is not an aloof breed.
Expect to be reminded frequently by your bullmastiff how lucky you
are to share your home with a bullmastiff.
Yes, they generally do very well with children. It is always
a good idea to teach children the proper treatment of dogs, however,
and never a good idea to leave children unattended with dogs.
No, they don't generally like other dogs, especially dogs of the
same gender. Bullmastiffs are not pack hounds. They were bred to
patrol estates and be on the lookout for interlopers -- human and
canine. Don't expect them to get along with every dog they meet, and
take care to keep them within your control where strange dogs are
Obedience train your bullmastiff. If you get a puppy, take
him/her to puppy kindergarten and through at least basic
obedience. The time you invest will pay off in a well-trained,
Feed a good quality dog food. Your dog is worth it. Our dogs
thrive on Canidae.
Get a crate and teach your dog to love it. (A start: feed him in
there!) You will be grateful to have a dog that will quietly
retreat to his crate when you have guests who are allergic to dogs
(or otherwise just don't share your love of this magnificent
Read about bullmastiffs! Learn all you can about this
fascinating breed. I recommend:
Bullmastiff: Peerless Protector by Jack Shastid and
Geraldine Roach; and
The Mastiff and Bullmastiff Handbook by Douglas Oliff.
Still have questions? Email me.
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