An Overview of the Bullmastiff Dog Breed

The Bullmastiff is a large breed of dog with a muscular build and an unwavering alertness. Its head and muzzle are black and their ears are V-shaped. They have strong, slightly arched legs and a level back, and their short coats are red or brindle in color. They can also have a white spot on their chest.

They require regular exercise

A Bullmastiff needs moderate amounts of exercise each day. While this breed does not need a lot of exercise as an adult, they are very energetic puppies. If overexercised, they can develop hip and joint problems. To avoid this, limit their physical activity to short walks and focus on giving them mental enrichment.

They shed a lot

While most dogs shed during the different seasons, Bullmastiffs shed much more than most. Bullmastiffs shed their winter coats in the spring and summer months and their summer coats in the fall. This large breed sheds much more than smaller breeds such as the Pug, which sheds much less.

They have a host of health issues

These dogs have an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.  However, they are not immune to cancer. Fortunately, they can be treated at an early stage.

Like any other breed of dog, the Bullmastiff is prone to various health problems. Some of the more common health problems include mast cell tumors, lymphosarcoma, cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis, and entropion, among others.

A full checkup with a veterinarian should be part of any Bullmastiff’s regular routine, including eye, elbow, and hip tests.

They are a good choice for families with older children

If you have older children and are looking for a large dog, consider a Bullmastiff. This breed has a calm, tolerant temperament, and is a great choice for families with older children. However, there are some health risks associated with Bullmastiffs, and if you have small children, it may be a better idea to get a different breed.

They can become destructive if not properly socialized

Although Bullmastiffs are normally calm and obedient, they can become aggressive and destructive if not properly socialized. As a result, they require early socialization and puppy classes. Bullmastiffs need to be trained to be alert and loyal, and it is important to establish the alpha position early on.


Bullmastiffs are amongst the most intelligent dogs in the world, which makes their training real easy. They are gentle giants that need extra care and attention compared to the average dog breed. However, they can give back so much to their master and family that they make up for the added attention required.

Adopting a Bullmastiff is a big decision which requires a review of several factors such as finding a breeder, evaluating cost, getting a good grasp of common health issues, setting up an appropriate nutrition plan and understanding what are the appropriate grooming requirements.

It’s always best to prepare the adoption process well in advance and limit the number of bad surprises after you have brought you new dog friend into your household!

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