10 Fun Facts About Bullmastiff Dogs

Do you want to own a Bullmastiff?

Although these dogs look very imposing, they are a very loving and patient breed. Bullmastiffs rarely bark or bite. A factoid is responsible for their reputations as gentle giants. A Bullmastiff can be a great companion and wonderful furry addition to any family.

They are also big dogs needing lots of room to run and grow. Here are ten fun facts about Bullmastiffs; most people probably do not know.

1. Bullmastiffs are a dog guard breed.

The Bullmastiff breed comes from Jolly Olde England. Wanting a guard dog to patrol wealthy properties, breeders began tinkering with the idea of a new breed. Bullmastiffs are the product of crossing Mastiffs and Bulldogs. They are bred for a unique combination of speed and aggression.

The combination makes them perfect guard dogs. Fast enough to aid in apprehending thieves, and aggressive enough in scaring away would-be poachers. Today, Bullmastiffs are more part of the familial set. They are great for cuddles and serve as an excellent addition to any porch. However, if you are looking for a guard dog, it is literally in their blood.

2. A Bullmastiff’s bark is as quiet as their bite.

A great feature of a Bullmastiff is the lack of both barking and biting. Bullmastiffs do not bark, and Bullmastiffs do not bite. The feature is part of their breeding. Back in old England, landowners did not want a dog that bit intruders. The job being tracking and pinning intruders so they could be apprehended. So, the first Bullmastiff training classes taught them to forgo barking and biting. The instinct has stuck, which is why they make good family companions. It is also great in terms of liability. An intruder cannot sue you because your dog sat on them.

3. The U.S.A. should thank John D. Rockefeller forĀ Bullmastiffs.

Appearing in 1860, Bullmastiffs did not appear anywhere but in England. Enter John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller is one of the first tycoons. An oil baron and trendsetter for the rich and wealthy today. He is also the reason we have Bullmastiffs in the U.S. Taken with their ability as guard dogs; John D. brought a few over from England to guard his property. Naturally, being a member of the upper crust, his unique guard dogs became a must-have.

4. Bullmastiffs have celebrity status!

Bullmastiffs are a notable breed thanks to their popularity among famous people. Numerous celebrities own Bullmastiffs and show the dogs off in publications. They are very photogenic animals. Most of this celebrity comes from the film Rocky. Rocky’s dog Butkus is a feature of the movie and its subsequent sequels. The dog belongs to Stallone in real-life and is named Butkus.

5. Bullmastiffs are loving, affectionate, and loyal.

Love, affection, and loyalty are trademark qualities of Bullmastiffs. Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, they would often be used as lifelong companions. Raising pups with babies is a common practice of that era. The Mastiff would bond with the child and be both a life-long companion and protector. Their genteel manner and patience are perfect for kids. They will not get frustrated and growly around a two-year-old. Earning this love is the key. As long as you treat your Bullmastiffs well, they will be by your side for life.

6. Bullmastiffs are a canine version of the bear.

Bull Mastiffs are huge dogs. They can reach anywhere between 24 to 27 inches tall. They also weigh a hefty 100 to 130 pounds. The breed sports a thick, short fur perfect for cold weather. They do not fare well in warm weather, however, which should be noted if you live in a warm place.

7. Bullmastiffs don’t need too much exercise.

A common belief about Bullmastiffs is that they need plenty of room to stretch their legs. Bullmastiffs are not that active, however, and prefer to lie around and relax. The breed has a moderate energy level. They can perform feats of agility and be trained to do physicals acts. They can also laze on the floor all day. In truth, a Bullmastiff does not need much space; it just takes up a lot of it. Owners can take the pooch on a few walks per day and be just fine.

8. Bullmastiffs are members of the American Kennel Club.

Bullmastiffs are not just big cuddly dogs; they can be valuable as well. Despite being cross-bred in the 1800s, it took a while for the breed to get formal recognition. It finally came in 1934 from the American Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club keeps track of purebred animals. If you are the owner of a pure Bullmastiff, you have a lot of options. You can put them in dog shows or breed them. Purebred dogs can be a very good investment.

9. Bullmastiffs stay puppies longer.

Bullmastiffs have a longer than average puppy span. Most dogs lose their puppy phase around one to two years. Bullmastiffs stay puppies for three. So if you own a Bullmastiff, expect that rambunctious adolescent behavior to last for a good bit of time. The best part is Bullmastiffs will reach their full size in about two years. So you will have a big, bouncy, chewy puppy on your hands. Luckily, as Bullmastiffs are genetically mellow, the puppy phase will not be as bad as some other breeds.

10. Bullmastiffs slobber and snore.

Bullmastiffs drool a lot. Mastiffs, in general, are notorious for slobber. If you want a good example, just watch the movie, Turner & Hooch. Although Hooch is a French Mastiff, it will give you a good idea of what to expect. Slobber control will be something you need to address as it tends to get everywhere. Many might say this is a con of owning a Mastiff, but paired with a cute face, it is endearing. Bullmastiffs are also notorious for snoring. They are big dogs, so naturally, their night music will be loud as well. Besides their imposing size and strong frame, their loud snoring scares intruders away as well.

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