The animals, originally kept as guard dogs, are real powerhouses, but they have good control over themselves and have a high stimulus threshold. By nature, Bullmastiffs are peaceful fellows who are friendly towards people. The big four-legged friends are extremely pliable towards children, which makes them wonderful family dogs with appropriate socialization and training.
From protection dog to family dog
The Bullmastiff is a relatively young breed that was created in the 19th century by crossing the English Bulldog and the English Mastiff. The dogs were bred to assist game wardens in chasing down poachers. The strong animals should confront the thieves, but not kill them. Originally they were called “Gamekeeper’s Night Dog”, only later they were renamed Bullmastiff. In 1924, the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) publicly admitted the breed, today it is recognized worldwide.
Nature of the Bullmastiff
Although the powerful dog can be intimidating, it is friendly to humans and usually in control of itself. In order for the Bullmastiff to show its excellent character traits, it needs proper socialization and a loving and consistent upbringing. Then he turns out to be a clingy companion who is alert in unfamiliar situations but never aggressive. The good-natured four-legged friends have a high stimulus threshold and are initially suspicious of strangers, but quickly recognize who is enemy or friend. The self-confident Brit occasionally questions commands and can be stubborn, as he rarely or only with difficulty subordinates himself.
Training of the Bullmastiff
For a peaceful coexistence between humans and dogs, the Bullmastiff must be appropriately socialized and trained as a puppy. Visiting puppy lessons and a dog school are highly recommended. You should educate the strong Brit with a lot of love, but consistently. He is easily motivated by voice, and with treats as a reward, he learns commands quickly and reliably. The human-related four-legged friend loves and needs close contact with his family. He is happy about any attention from his people in the form of affection and play. The breed has a strong need for exercise and likes to be kept sufficiently busy, both physically and mentally. Keep your four-legged friend busy by going for long walks with him in nature, going jogging with him, or doing dog sports. While adaptable, the Bullmastiff ideally lives in a house with a yard.
Grooming the Bullmastiff
The Briton’s short coat only needs to be brushed regularly, otherwise, the animals are very easy to care for.
The breed is prone to hip dysplasia and other musculoskeletal conditions. Rolling lids and mammary tumors also appear more frequently. Furthermore, the Brit occasionally suffers from heart muscle diseases.