Non-sporting Breeds

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff
Pedigree Points
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.
 
 
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