Facts about Bullmastiff Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Bullmastiff puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Bullmastiff Information and History

The breed was developed in the mid-1800s in Great Britain to fight poachers. The first members of the breed were a cross between the Old English Bulldog (closely related to the American Bulldog) and the English Mastiff.

The breed is more Mastiff (about 60%) than a Bulldog (about 40%).

To be considered a purebred, a dog has to be at least a third generation Bullmastiff.

In addition to tracking and holding poachers, these dogs were also used for police and army work, and guard duty.

Today, in addition to still being used as watchdogs, they make excellent family companions.

Physical Characteristics of Bullmastiff Puppies

This is a large and powerful dog.

It has a large head with a short muzzle, dark eyes, and a black nose. When the dog is alert, its forehead is wrinkled. The medium-size ears are triangular, drop down and are set wide apart. The chest is deep and broad. The tail is long and can be straight or curved.

Bull mastiff's coat is short and smooth. It comes in red, brindle or fawn, with dark ears. There may also be a whitish spot on the chest.

This breed tends to drool.

    Height Weight
  Male 25 - 27 inches 110 to 130 pounds
  Female 24 - 26 inches 100 to 120 pounds


The Bull mastiff is an intelligent, quite, and docile dog with a good temperament.

It's gentle with its family, especially children, and those it doesn't perceive as a threat. It can be protective and though it's unlikely to attack, it can knock down and hold an intruder.

It will probably coexist well with other pets, especially if raised with them from puppyhood.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is a very adaptable dog but, unless sufficiently exercised, it's probably too big for an apartment lifestyle.

It craves for human attention and is not difficult to handle, but it does require an owner who can assert his or her authority.

Some Bullmastiff breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is not a very active breed. Still, Bullmastiffs require some moderate exercise.

If you have a fenced yard, letting your pet play outside will provide all the exercise he will need. Otherwise, take him for one or two walks every day.


These dogs don't shed a lot and are easy to care for.

Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the English Bull Mastiff is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other potential health problems include eye problems, hip dysplasia, kidney problems, and tumors. Visit dog health problems for more information about about dog diseases and health problems.

Another concern involves rapid weight gain and bloating. Try to feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Bullmastiff breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Bullmastiff puppy is between 8 and 10 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Bullmastiff rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Bullmastiff Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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