Bull mastiff dogs make great pets

The Bull Mastiff is thought to be a mix between the English Mastiff and the Old English Bulldog. It is believed that the original reason for creating this breed was to hunt down poachers. Today the Bull Mastiffs are a common family dog giving companionship and enjoyment to many families.

SizeMale Bull Mastiffs will generally grow to be in the neighborhood of 25 to 27 inches tall (63.5 to 68.5 cm) at the withers and 110 to 140 pounds (50 to 60 kg). Females average around 24 to 26 inches (61 to 66 cm) at the withers, and 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 55 kg). Though smaller than some of the other mastiff breeds these are quite strong dogs.

ColorThe Bull Mastiff can be found in brindle, different shades of red and fawn. Fawn is a blond or light tan color similar to a horses’ dun. The read is an earthy, red-brown hue. The range of reds often vary from a deep, dark red to a light red that mixes with the fawn that is referred to as a red-fawn. The have a black muzzle with the black fading away towards the eyes and dark markings around their eyes lending to the their lovable expression.

TemperamentBull Mastiffs are very loyal, courageous, calm, lovable and loving dogs with people it’s familiar with. They have a strong protective instinct that is well developed and they defend their owners against anyone or anything or they think is a threat. Yet, usually, it doesn’t protect by attacking. Instead it likes to knock the person who is a perceived threat down with using its size and impressive strength and then pin them down. Another way they tend to protect is to simply stand between the stranger/intruder and refuse to allow them passage.

Bull Mastiffs get very attached to their families and are most happy when they live inside with them. Socializing early is important due to their protective nature along with their large size and inherent wariness of of those they do not know. Bull Mastiffs are somewhat fickle when it comes to getting along with other dogs; It’s possible they will but then again maybe not. The Bull Mastiff does not have any problems with children and is actually very affectionate towards them. Still parents should supervise when they are with smaller children; these dogs are so large that they could unintentionally knock over smaller children. Another advantage of the Bull Mastiff is that their barking is minimal.

HealthBull Mastiffs, as with all mastiff breeds, have a tendency toward certain hereditary diseases. These include:

Bull Mastiffs make great pets and fun to be around. Pick a healthy dog, train them early and take good care of them and they will provide years of companionship.