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Bullmastiff

Personality:Brave, affectionate, and loyal, the Bullmastiff will always have your back.

Coat & Grooming:Short, flat, and dense, so a weekly brushing is all he needs.

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Calm and low-key, but they do well at lots of different dog sports, like agility, and make great therapy dogs.

Originally: England

Nicknames: None

Size: Large

Meet the Bullmastiff

​If you see a Bullmastiff coming down the street you’ll stop listening to whatever your friend is saying and feel a strong urge to get a closer look. If it’s a puppy, forget it—you won’t be able to resist. Powerfully built, with a deep chest and an alert expression, the Bullmastiff makes a big impression. Because of his “guarding” nature, he needs lots of playtime early on with other dogs and people. Luckily for you, he’s a quick learner!

What's Their Story?

​How did the Bullmastiff come to be? His name says it all: In the 1800s, the breed was developed by combining the Mastiff and the Bulldog.

Originally called “the gamekeeper’s night dog,” they were used to deal with the problem of poaching. This was when someone would sneak onto the property of a rich landowner to steal birds and rabbits for food. The courageous Bullmastiff would knock the poacher to the ground and hold him in place—but not bite him—until a groundskeeper arrived.

What are they Like?

​Around the house he’s calm and polite, and he’s happiest when he is wherever you are. Because of his strength, though, it’s important to make sure he knows you’re the boss. Otherwise he’ll be taking you for a walk. You’ll want to give him lots of the right things to chew on (this does not include Grandpa’s loafer). But keep in mind that despite their tough-guy looks, Bullmastiffs are sensitive, so harsh training methods will backfire. Easy does it with this loveable big guy!

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