“ Animal Species: Dogs „
People thought I was crazy getting a Bullmastiff as my first ever dog as there so big and need a very dominant owner as they crave order. But as I moved into a house on my own as my husband was set to go to a 6month tour of Afghanistan I needed someone with me and my bullmastiff is definetly my best friend :)
Even thought they can be quite scary looking because of their size they are actually very soft and affectionate animals and are dosile in nature. However dont get me wrong if this dog wanted to hurt you then it could and needs to be kept out the habit of play fighting as they dont know their own strength.
Originally these dogs were used as game-keepers companions and used to chase down poachers and pin them down, nowadays they are used as guard dogs and pets. They need a moderate walk everyday but can be quite lazy and sleep a lot.
They love food but many people make the mistake of overfeeding these dogs to make them beef up. Dont worry they are slow to mature and will do this on their own, the mastifs you see with the fat rolls are actually overweight!!
As with all dogs their temperment can vary and relies heavily on the owner but my mastif is great with kids and other dogs and I have heard this is common for this bread. With this dog being large vet bills and food bill too can also mount up and to buy one of these dogs you are looking between £300-£600 but you always have to option to breed these yourself.
A great dog but you do need to space and time for them.
After loosing my rotty to cancer back in august this year we were looking into getting another dog when i saw an advert on pre loved for a lady in our area who was getting rid of here bull mastiff due to changes in her job, the advert was very brief so we arranged to go and see the dog and was pleasantly surprised at what we heard about him. Henry the two and a half year old mastiff had been given a anti social behaviour order after attacking another dog in the street and the courts had ordered he be castrated and be musled at all times wholst out of the house, the lady had had him advertised for quite some time but due to his behavioural problems as she called them had had very little interest, well this may have put off others but not us, he was adorable looking and very kind natured towards us so we took him home with us and after all my previous dog had been just as bad when it came to other animals.
Henry has turned out to be a great pet, he is briliant with us and our children, he is very big built and weighs 12 stone, he is very gentle in nature. He eats quite a lot of dog food as you can imagine for his size but unlike my previous dog he is fantastic with human food, he doesnt beg for food and wont take anything that you dont give to him, the children can sit with him wholst eating without him trying to take the food off them. He is short haired and almost has a velvety feel to him which i have heard a lot of people say is great as they dont molt a lot so less hairs to clean up but in fact we have found that henry molts quite a lot and with him being such a light colour and our carpet being dark blue they are quite noticable. Henry loves nothing more than to lye next to your feet in the livingroom and even tryes to get on your lap on the settee as he loves to be cuddled so much but what he doesnt seem to realise is that he is so big he squashes you.
Despite his size henry doesnt need too much exercise and is worn out by just running around the garden so we dont have to stress about walking him all of the time,
Having such short hair and being a english breed means that they are very suceptable to the cold, henry hates going out side in the cold weather and loves nothing more than to curl up in front of the radiator so they definately are not out side dogs.
Henry is very protective of me and the children and barks at anyone who goes near to us which i think is a good thing.
Mastiffs make great loyal and protective pets.
i have three neopolitans 1 dog 2 bitches i find this breed of dog to be the most faithful kind of breed i have ever come across, true they are huge mine are like pussycats with the grandchildren yhey ride on them roll over with them play ball, they have even tried to tie their tails together so i find it very hard to believe the stories of them attacking people i think that is down to the way they have been treated by their owners.Mine obey every command they are not in the least bit intimadating,they are good companions it is expensive but very rewarding i would never have another breed ever again they cost a fortune in vets bills but worth every penny,they make guard dogs although mine would lick you to death, the size of them puts many people off but my neighbours little jack russell is more scary my dogs run a mile from him.The only thing i would say to anybody thinking of buying one is buy one from a pup and treat it as one of the family the rewards are fantastic.my dogs are massive the male is oscar hes between 14 and 16 stone he is grey the oldest femail is misty she is smaller weighs around 10 stone the youngest is tandra she is huge she is around 12 stone she is mahogany she was very expensive and has won 2 best of breeds she is stunning really wrinkly.The mastiff is prone to health problems although mine have not had any serious problems although misty has had red eye which is common in these dogsif anyone is thinking of buying on make sure you see it in its home enviroment and ask the breeder advice on feeding and caring for the dog they eat a cllosal amount of food.Always buy from a reputal breeder because some people interbreed and this may cause behaviour problems.
The Bullmastiff was bred from crossing tbe Bulldog and the English Mastiff, producing a powerfull and agile dog. They were originally used by Gamekeepers to capture poachers, by pinning them down but not biting the offender. They were recognised by The Kennel Club in 1924 abd 7 years later by The American Kennel Club. Todays Bullmastiffs are excellent family dogs, they guard and protect their families, especially the children. To own a Bullmastiff is a delight, but they do need a lot of discipline and they are not for the faint hearted. I have at present 3 bullmastiffs. Rhys the Dad, Holly the Mum and Badger the Son. They all have there own characters. Rhys is just a big Teddy Bear and loves to sing with me. Holly is quiet and very loving except when she sees other dogs. Badger the baby is 8 months old and is partial to chewing the lino and his dad's ear. We had 6 other pups and eventually found good homes for them. If you are thinking of breeding Bullmastiffs, be very aware of what homes they go to, as they should not go to any one, please vet very carefully. As you should with all animals. I still keep in contact with all the other pups homes. The plus sides to having a Bullmastiff is that they are low maintenance, they do not shed a lot of hair, but boy do their paws absorb mud, as my kitchen will bear witness to. They need a lot of feeding but they don't require a lot of exercise, especially when they are young. They love to be fussed and a warm fire is bliss to them. They are not noisy dogs and bark only when they feel it is necessary. If they bark in the middle of the night, go and investigate as you maybe sure someone undesirable is about. They are naturally clean dogs, which makes toilet training very easy. So if you are after a friend for your family and you have time to be with him, I recommend you go and see reputable breeders and listen to what they have to say, and love your Bullmastiff bec
ause he will love and protect you and your family with all his being. Truly one of natures Gentle Giants.
We have a Bullmastiff whose three and is name is Ron. Weve had Ron since the day he was born as we bred his mother. Ron is fine with people he knows but he is unpredictable with strangers. if a stranger comes into he house he will go mad and bark at them. Ron has already bitten two people, not severely but he drew blood once. if Im out walking him he will bark at strangers that go past. he is a particularly large Bullmastiff and weighs about fourteen stone. I personaly would not recomend this breed to people with children because of my experiences. I now have two small scars on my face.
This is going to be a very personal opinion, which I hope will give people an insight into having a Bullmastiff as a pet! My family have always favoured big dogs, so when our Doberman died we decided we would have a Bullmastiff. We researched into this and thought it was suitable as they are good with children and I wasn't really that old at the time, 10. My mom turned up with our Bullmastiff puppy whom we called Bella, she was a gorgeous dog, very loving and playful. I'm going to say a few of the incidents which happened. Bella Head-butted my brother and split his lip open(accidently of course) which needed stitches, but this was a bit of a freak accident. She torn the ligiments in her leg and had to have an operation, which left her with a 12inch scar! She then had a womb infection and had to have her womb taken out, then she was blind in one eye--So I would say that they are prone to health problems, but this is only my personal experience. On the other hand, she was so loving it made up for everything. Bella would sit with her head in your lap, or if you were sitting on the floor she would sit on your lap, pretty funny considering Bullmastiffs weigh about 10 stone! Very good as guard dogs, I don't think they would actualy do anything, but they look very scary!!! Bullmastiffs have so much character and individuality, I would recommend them to everyone. They do need a lot of exercise, food and love lots of attention and TLC. My Bella-Best dog in the world!R.I.P
I have been with Bullmastiffs all my life. I used to sleep with three in their kennel at my aunt's when a small child -and if I had been naughty nobody could come and get me!When I married I had my own first bullmastiff and have had many since.I have bred them, shown at championship shows including Crufts and achieved modest prizes. I love them and think the return of their love is the best investment you can make. They are very faithful and attentive and have almost human empathy. They were known as the Gamekeepers Night Dog and were used to catch poachers. They are very fast despite their weight - 9 to 12 stone - and they are a holding dog; they pin poachers against trees or on the ground with their weight and do not savage. At one time only princes were allowed to own them for the royal chases. They do not bark much and are gentle giants. They have good qualities: normally good with children, especially your own; not noisy; short haired so no great moulting and hair mess; they do not need a terrific amount of exercise; they are natural guards. Things to consider: they eat a lot - up to 4lbs a day when growing; they are natural guards and you have to be careful they do not guard at the wrong time, perhaps misinterpret others actions as threats - mind you, I often think they are a better judge of character then me! They are not a dog you can let out loose out of your sight or control! They are big and need a reasonable garden. They are very strong and cannot be walked in safety by unaccompanied small children or frail adults. So not for everyone - but in the right home they are wonderful pets. They come in red, fawn and brindle. My advice would be to always buy from a known breeder or someone active in the breed. Try to see the dam or sire or other dogs of the same breeding. Judge character and temperament from that - never buy a nervous dog, they are the ones who can snap. Ask for history of hip dysplasia and tests - most good breeders will have this info
rmation; not a big problem in the breed but it does exist. If you have a bullmastiff I hope you enjoy it!
We've had a few family dogs, and I loved them all, but today I'm going to tell you about the joys my bull mastiff brings into my life (along with the pains!) I know this will be a biased opinion because I love my dog, but believe it or not I am not an animal lover. I mean I don't hate them, but I don't bond with them either. Barney on the other hand is difficult not to bond with. In case anyone is unsure what bull mastiff's look like, heres a brief description; they are big, muscley, squashed and wrinkly faced, droopy eared, slobbery creatures. They appear to be savage due to their size, but are in fact soft unless trained to be a guard dog. I don't like to tell many people this fact however, because watching horror spread accross someones face when they look at Barney brings me great amusement. You are however, more in danger of being knocked over by the galloping hound than bitten. I am not sure which is worse! Bull Mastiff's do require quite alot of attention and looking after. It is very important that you have enough room for one before deciding to have it for a pet. They eat alot, and also need alot of exercise. Barney has the freedom of our back garden, much to his joy, although he prefers being in the house around people. He gets lonely and sulks if we leave him alone for too long. He loves to follow me around the house, but unfortunatley has a habit of tripping me up. I'm sure he does it on purpose! He is also good with children, my younger cousins all love to play with him. Other than that they are good dogs. They don't chew, and are obidient to their master, but don't take the blindest bit of notice to anyone else. My Dad is Barneys master, and the ONLY person he'll listen to.