the Bullmastiff good with children?
are good with children if they are brought up with children and common sense is
used. Never forget that while not
an aggressive dog, the Bullmastiff is a protective dog. The Bullmastiff will want to protect your child, and if it
fears your child is in danger, may react. If
other children are over and are running, screaming and punching each other,
which children often do, the dog may not be able to distinguish whether those
actions are serious or not, and if it feels they are serious, may try to
interfere. The Bullmastiff should
never be left unsupervised with other children.
And the dominant puppy in a Bullmastiff litter should never be placed in
a home with children.
big will my Bullmastiff get?
There is a
“standard” written for the Bullmastiff which describes the physical and
mental attributes of the breed to be followed.
The size of a Bullmastiff at maturity is solely determined by genetics.
A knowledgeable breeder can give you an idea of
puppy’s ultimate size, but can often be fooled.
Feeding a dog more in the hopes of making him bigger will only harm the
dog as it will put unnecessary strain on its rapidly growing bones and joints. (You wouldn’t do that to a child, would you?).
As this is a breed that is prone to Hip Dysplasia, it is most important
that the Bullmastiff be kept lean as a puppy.
The dog will reach its ultimate size sooner or later, it is better that
active is the Bullmastiff? Can I
take it for a run or jog?
The Bullmastiff is
a relatively inactive dog indoors, although it does require some exercise so
that it does not get fat. Unlike
dogs that were meant to run and hunt all day, which requires a lot of stamina,
the Bullmastiff was not. Therefore,
it is not a good idea to run or jog with a Bullmastiff, they have neither the
build or the stamina for it (you never see body builders in long distance races,
do you?) unless they are conditioned for it.
The activity level of the Bullmastiff will vary depending on the breeder,
so consult your breeder prior to purchase.
does the Bullmastiff react to the heat and cold?
The Bullmastiff is
basically an indoor dog. It does
not do well in either extremes of weather.
While it does enjoy the snow, it does not get a heavy coat, and in frigid
weather, should only be let outdoors for short periods of time.
Extreme care should be taken in warm climates or when the weather is hot.
Like its relative the Bulldog, the Bullmastiff does not fare well in the
heat. In the summers months, only
exercise your Bullmastiff in the cool parts of the day, early morning and after
the sun has set. Be extremely
careful in the warm weather. Also,
remember the Bullmastiff was bred to be with man.
He does not like to be outside by himself (often even with other dog
companions). He will use his head
and large chest to walk through all types of fencing.
Bullmastiffs left outside while their owners are away are likely to get
into trouble or be gone when the owner returns having searched out other human
Bullmastiffs get along well with other dogs?
As a general rule,
mature males do not get along with other males of any large working breed.
Occasionally, females will not tolerate other females.
If you are planning on purchasing two Bullmastiffs, the best combination
is one of each sex. Although there
are exceptions, I would never recommend having two Bullmastiffs of the same sex. Also, remember that if you or your Bullmastiff is challenged
or threatened during your walks, he will not back down and will usually finish
the fight. Keep an alert eye and
keep your Bullmastiff out of trouble. Letting
a Bullmastiff run loose with other dogs will usually lead to trouble.
should I look for in a breeder?