Bullmastiff Dog Breed Information
Having a great coat for weather protection, the hair on the Bullmastiff is very short. With a distinct black mask around muzzle, the coat on this breed should be dense and somewhat coarse to the touch.
Being shy around strangers, this dog should be properly socialized during puppyhood. Used many times as an alert or guard dog, this breed should also be introduced to other animals at an early stage to avoid any altercations that may arise. The Bullmastiff is a powerful, yet at times docile breed.
This wilful dog requires a firm trainer to avoid any dominance issues. The Bullmastiff is fairly good-natured, sweet, and loveable, however this dog is not recommended for the average owner. His sheer size means he should not be placed in a home with small children as unintentionally, this breed can easily knock a child down.
A firm bristle brush or rubber brush should be used on this breed occasionally to remove any dead or loose hair. Very little shedding, the Bullmastiff does not require much maintenance when it comes to grooming. As this dog does tend to slobber, the mouth should be regularly cleaned.
A lazy breed, to avoid weight problems this breed should be sufficiently exercised regularly. The Bullmastiff does enjoy long walks or jogs, and would do well with an average sized yard.
Bullmastiff Health and Life Expectancy
The Bullmastiff has a lifespan of around 8-10 years, which is relatively low compared to many other breeds. There are a number of health problems that are associated with the Bullmastiff breed, and this includes HD and elbow dysplasia, bloat, torsion, ectropion, entropion, and also a tendency towards respiratory difficulties. This breed should be kept out of extreme heat and sun, as they can suffer heatstroke.