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Bullmastiffs - the best investment
Member Name: Islero
Date: 03/08/00, updated on 03/08/00 (302 review reads)
Advantages: Empathy, good with children, natural guard
Disadvantages: Big, expensive, needs supervision and control
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!