Meet the Breed: The Bullmastiff



  • Height: 25"- 27”
  • Weight: pounds 100-133 pounds
  • Historical function: Estate guarding
  • Modern function: Companion, guard dog
  • AKC classification: Working

Physical Characteristics:

The Bullmastiff is a massively built muscular dog with a broad head and short muzzle. The coat is short and can be fawn or red with a black muzzle, or brindle.

History of the Breed:

The Bullmastiff was developed to guard estates, control poachers, and guard diamond mines. The dogs were not trained to bite but rather to pin the suspects. It was developed as a cross between the bulldog and the mastiff in England.


The Bullmastiff is known for its patience and gentleness unless put in a guarding situation, but again, they don't usually bite and rarely bark. There are dozens of videos online featuring Bullmastiffs playing with cats and babies. They can be a bit stubborn, so firm handling may be required by a confident calm leader.

  • Best suited for: Most any living situation, provided they get the human companionship they crave. Even apartment living works if there's room as they are not very active.
  • Preferred living conditions: The Bullmastiff is patient and adaptable. As long as they are with their people, they are content.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy care short coat needs occasional brushing, but regular nail maintenance. Carry a towel to handle their drool.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk.
  • Life expectancy: 8-10 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, and cancer.

Breed Club Links: American Bullmastif Association. Perfect Pairings: Groom Mitt Pet Bath

Have any stories about a Bullmastiff? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Dan Ciminera.

This entry was posted by Mary.
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