The Bullmastiff: A Complete Guide

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If you are looking for a huge dog that fears nothing and has a strong will, the Bullmastiff might be just the breed you are looking for.

They are fearless and would even give their lives to protect the ones they love.

But, these giants are quite gentle and affectionate. And, most of the time they are around you, you will find them leaned on your leg or laying at your feet while making funny shoring sounds.

However, keep in mind that this is a hundred and thirty-pound dog and that by simply leaning on you, he can easily knock you down.

So, setting some boundaries right from the start might not be a bad idea.

They are a great breed to own, but how much do you know about the Bullmastiffs?

Do you think you and your family are up to the challenge of living with a giant dog? Do you know anything about their health conditions? How to feed them properly?

If not, you are on the right page because we have prepared an in-depth Bullmastiff guide to make you fall in love with this breed even more. Or, to make you realize that you might be better off with another, smaller breed.

To cut to the chase, let’s start off by checking out the most important things you should know about the Mastiff puppies.

The Bullmastiff Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Bullmastiff looking up at you
Bullmastiffs are very stubborn.

Before cashing out for a Bullmastiff puppy, you need to know exactly how much is there to cash out, right?

It would be a shame to fall in love with this breed only to find out it’s too much for your budget, right? So, before you hopelessly fall in love with this breed, let’s see if the price suits you.

What price are the Bullmastiff puppies?

A high-quality Bullmastiff puppy price range goes from $1,000 to $2,000.

Naturally, the higher end of the range is reserved for showcase genetic material, while for a “regular” home dog that is not interested in winning medals, you can expect somewhere between $1000 and $1400.

Whichever the case is, the price should also include a complete medical history of both the parents and the pup and the parent’s health test clearances.

How to find reputable Bullmastiff breeders?

Finding a reputable Bullmastiff breeder doesn’t have to be hard. All you have to do is know what to look for and which questions to ask.

So, for starters, count out the pet stores immediately.

These stores usually get their puppies from puppy mills, where they aren’t taken care of properly, and usually, come sick and with a plethora of possible health problems that can occur later as they age.

Another way to recognize puppy mills is when looking online puppy sale ads. If a certain breeder has a bunch of different litters available nearly the entire year, you are dealing with a puppy mill.

A reputable breeder is easy to spot. You will right from the start, notice how he loves the breed, loves talking about it, and all of his dogs are happy when they see him.

He will also offer you an insight into the litter’s medical history, as well as the history and health tests clearances for both of the parents.

Another thing that characterizes a good breeder is his interest in you and your lifestyle. They are not in this just because of the money.

In fact, their main concern is keeping the breed healthy and productive, and that means finding good homes for all of the pups.

3 Little-known facts about the Bullmastiff puppies

A Bullmastiff sleeping on the floor
Bullmastiffs are great companions for strong owners.

Now, it’s time to see if you and your family can live with a Bullmastiff puppy and are fully prepared for everything that comes with him.

  • They love the family but are also independent

It’s a well-known fact that the Bullmastiffs love living with families. Even while they are still just puppies, they will fit in right away.

And, you don’t even have to worry that they will suffer while you are not at home because they can entertain themselves with toys without a problem.

  • They are not built for hot weather

Bullmastiffs can easily suffer from a heat stroke or heat exhaustion. So, remember not to walk him when the weather is too hot or too humid.

  • They need early training

Bullmastiffs are not a small dog breed. And as such, they are really strong, and sometimes with a slightly short-fused temperament.

To avoid having problems with your dog’s obedience when he is a fully grown, early training and socialization is a must.

Physical Traits of the Bullmastiff

Let us take a look at how big the Bullmastiff is when fully grown. Hint, he is not a small or a lightweight dog.

How big is a full-grown Bullmastiff?

Male Bullmastiffs’ height ranges from 25 to 27 inches, while their weight goes from 110 to 130 pounds. Yes, they are huge!

On the other hand, females tend to be a little lighter and smaller. Their weight ranges from 100 to 120 pounds, while the height goes from 24 to 26 inches.

What is the life expectancy of the Bullmastiff?

Bullmastiffs are not famous for living as long as some other smaller breeds. For example, some lap dog breeds can reach 20 years of age!

The average lifespan of a Bullmastiff is 7 to 8 years. But, this doesn’t mean that your dog won’t live longer.

There are cases where these dogs lived up to 13 or 14 years with proper diet and exercise and tons of love from their human family.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bullmastiff

A brown Bullmastiff panting
Bullmastiff is a great breed to own.

With their large size and scary looking appearance, the Bullmastiffs are a perfect “tool” for frightening the intruders.

However, they are so much more than a big “scarecrow”!

He can be a fearless protector of the family if the need arises, but the rest of the time, your Bullmastiff will be a calm and gentle giant that will just want to be near you.

With proper training and early socialization, the puppy will turn out to be a trustworthy, noble, and faithful companion for the whole family.

Furthermore, since this is a clean breed with a coat that isn’t demanding and doesn’t shed a lot, your home will not be infested with dog hair.

You need to know that this breed drools a lot, so expect regular mopping around the house.

As for how energetic a Bullmastiff is, even though this is a huge dog, his exercise levels aren’t demanding.

He doesn’t need a huge home where he can run around. He will be quite happy with a smaller apartment as long as there’s plenty of love to share around.

In fact, while indoors, you will find him most of the time laying on the floor near you and just relaxing.

On the other hand, when outside, his energy levels do rise a little, and you can expect short running sessions and playtime.

When it comes to Bullmastiff’s training, you should know that he is independent.

He tends to be dominant, but if you present yourself as a firm and consistent leader of the family, he will fall in line and respect your leadership without questioning your commands.

As for their protective side, well, the Bullmastiffs bite, only if there’s nothing else to do.

They are alert, don’t think they are not, but they don’t react hastily and have more of an “I am keeping my eyes on you and you are not allowed to enter this yard”.

Their sheer size is enough to scare everyone away, and they are quite aware of that so they don’t waste their energy.

They are also unbelievably patient when playing with the kids and they will allow them to pull their ears, ride them like ponies while keeping an eye on them all the time so that they don’t get into trouble.

In general, even though this is a huge, scary-looking dog, it has a huge heart and deeply cares about his family. He can be a perfect addition to any family as long as he is trained and socialized from the early days of his life.

Bullmastiff Diet

When it comes to Bullmastiff’s diet, the daily food amount your dog needs from 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dog food, split into two equal meals.

As for what to feed him with, the most important thing to remember is that your Bullmastiff needs meat and the proteins from it. The best choices are lamb, beef, and chicken.

Also, you can add rice to meals to reach a full nutritional value, balanced diet.

How much Exercise does a Bullmastiff need?

This is a breed that doesn’t need rigorous exercise regimes. A half an hour to 45-minute walk, twice a day, will be more than enough for him to keep his health in good shape.

You can also add playtime several times during the day so that you challenge him both physically and mentally.

But, just remember that this breed doesn’t do well in hot weather and avoid taking him out when it’s too hot.

And, always let him have access to clean, freshwater, whether he is outside or inside.

The Bullmastiff Health and Conditions

Overall, this is a breed that is considered to be quite healthy. However, certain health issues and conditions can occur during their lives and here is what you need to pay attention to:

  • Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Entropion
  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Cancer
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
  • Skin Problems
  • Cystinuria
  • Panosteitis

So, now that you know which health issues can trouble your dog, make sure you ask the breeder about these problems and if possible, see if the pup’s parents were cleared for these diseases.

My final thoughts on the BullmastiffA Bullmastiff sitting on the grass

We have reached the end of our in-depth Bullmastiff guide and by now, you should have a much wider knowledge of the breed.

But, in case you still aren’t sure if this dog is the right choice for you and your family, take a look at the most important traits of the Bullmastiff, and make a well informed final decision.

The Bullmastiffs are self-assured and serious, but once they fall in love with their family, they are all about being mild-mannered.

They fear nothing and no one, so they can be perfect, home and family guardians.

Even just their size is enough to scare off anything that might threaten your family, without actually doing anything.

But, if he senses a dangerous situation, the ferociousness of his attack is astounding…

The Bullmastiff love being in human company, especially with his family, and if left alone for a long time, he might even jump over the fence or go straight through it, just to find his family and be with them

As for the training, Bullmastiffs are stubborn and like doing what they want, when they want. So, you will need to be a strong-minded, firm leader and to let him know that he is not the Alpha of your pack.

Once he realizes that, you will have an obedient giant that will give his life to protect you and your family.

All in all, Bullmastiffs are great companions for strong owners. However, if you don’t have the time and dedication for his training and socialization, he might just be too much of a dog for your home.

We hope that you now have all the insight you needed to decide if this is the breed you would like to share your home with.

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