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Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Used by gamekeepers for protection against poachers.

AKC recognized: 1934
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 110 to 130 lbs; females 100 to 120 lbs
Size: Height: males 25 to 27 inches; females 24 to 26 inches
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Color: Red, fawn, or brindle.

Life span: 8 to 11 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Bullmastiff is fearless, confident, docile, intelligent, powerful and extremely loyal. They combine all the characteristics required in a dependable family companion and protector. They are natural guardians of the home, but do not bark much. Bullmastiffs are sweet-natured with their family, but are independent thinkers and may not respond to traditional obedience training. Because of their great size and the natural protectiveness, early socialization and training are very important. The breed does not require much exercise or grooming, and do best as indoor pets where they can be with their family. They typically do well in an apartment if they can be taken out for several brief walks daily.

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Good with children? Yes, but because of their very large size, training and proper supervision are very important.

Good with other dogs? No

Protective? Naturally

OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: Low

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, carting, therapy

Exercise requirement: Most Bullmastiffs do not require much exercise. Brief walks or romps in the yard is usually all they need. Their

Grooming requirement: Their short coats don't require much care, but a quick daily brushing will help remove dead hair and keep the coats shiny.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, cancer, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, gastric dilatation volvulus, torn anterior cruciate ligaments, subaortic stenosis, skin problems, thyroid problems, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Bullmastiffs (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Dan Rice, DVM
Published in 2006
96 pages

Bullmastiff (Pet Owner's Guide)
By Janet Gunn
Published in 2002
80 pages

Bullmastiff (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2004
155 pages

The Bullmastiff Manual
By Bill Walkey
Published in 1999
176 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Bullmastiff Association
Wikipedia breed information page
American Bullmastiff Association Rescue

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