Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-27 in (63.5-68.5cm) Bitch: 24-26 in (61 -66cm)
Weight: Dog: 110-130 lb (50-59kg) Bitch:90-110 lb (41-50kg)
Coat: Short, smooth, and dense
Color: Any shade of brindle, fawn, or red; slight white marking on the chest is permissible, other white markings are undesirable; black muzzle
|There have been bulldogs in Britain since the l3th
Century, but the Bullmastiff was developed some
200-300 years ago. It is the result of a cross between
the Mastiff, an ancient breed hat fought in the arenas
of ancient Rome, and the British Bulldog. Like the
Bulldog, it was used in bull-baiting until this "sport"
was outlawed, and was a brave fighting dog that
could bear pain without flinching. It also had a
considerable reputation for ferocity. Later breeders
worked toward a type that was 60 percent Mastiff
and 40 percent Bulldog.
Despite its ferocious past, the Bullmastiff of today is
a playful, loyal, and gentle animal, an excellent guard,
and usually very dependable with children. However,
it is too powerful for a child or slight adult to control,
and should only be kept by experienced dog owners.
It needs grooming every few days.