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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #43
Name Bullmastiff
Other names Bully, Bullie
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Working (AKC:1934)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 8-10 years
Temperament AlertCalmCourageousDevotedDocilePowerfulLoyalProtectiveReliable
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm)Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Weight Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg)Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Colors FawnFawn BrindleRedRed BrindleRed FawnRed Fawn Brindle
Litter Size 4-13 puppies, average 8
Puppy Price Average $1200 - $1500 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 stars
Barking Tendencies 1 starsRare
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 1 stars
Exercise Needs 2 stars
Grooming 2 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 5 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #69
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsDifficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Gizmo Lexi
03 Buddy Minnie
04 Jack Layla
05 Gizmo Cookie
06 Bear Katie
07 Tank Rosie
08 Harley Abbie
09 Baxter Piper
10 Jasper Willow

This nearly square breed should be powerful and active — a combination of strength, endurance and alertness. It should appear to be 60 percent mastiff and 40 percent bulldog. Its gait is smooth and powerful, but its angulation is moderate. Its coat is short and dense, and its expression keen and alert. These attributes allowed the bullmastiff to both overtake and over-power intruders.

The mastiff is innately good-natured, calm, easygoing and surprisingly gentle. It is a well-mannered house pet, but it needs sufficient room to stretch out. This is an extremely loyal breed, and though not excessively demonstrative, it is devoted to its family and good with children.

The Bullmastiff was bred in England by crossing the English Mastiff with the Bulldog. Such crosses were mentioned in documents as far back as the 1700’s, but the modern Bullmastiff likely derives from later crosses in the late 1800’s. Wealthy estate owners bred the dog to chase down and fight off game poachers, taking speed from the Bulldog stock and strength from the Mastiff. The targeted mix was sixty percent Mastiff and forty percent Old English Bulldog. The Bullmastiff was originally bred with a dark coat to serve as natural night camouflage (then called the ‘Gamekeeper’s Night Dog’), but fashionable light coating was later preferred when the breed began serving as estate dogs for the upper class. The Bullmastiff was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933. Famous Bullmastiffs include Rocky’s dog ‘Butkus’ and the title character from the film ‘See Spot Run’.
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