Meet the Breed: The Bullmastiff
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.
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.
Breed Club Links: American Bullmastif Association.
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Photo courtesy of Dan Ciminera.