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.
Care and Health:
Breed Club Links: American Bullmastif Association.
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Photo courtesy of Dan Ciminera.
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