By: Ed Gonzalez
The Bullmastiffs originated in England, and history claims they appeared around the 1860's. These massive dogs were bred to keep large estates free from illegal hunters who would try to steal plants, animals and game preserves. Games keepers wanted a dog that could track down these illegal hunters in a quiet manner. It is a superb breed because it can go through a long distance very quickly. Dogs belonging to this breed will pin down and hold these unwanted hunters without beating them up. This sterling breed is 60% mastiff and 40% bulldog. It was meant to be quicker and more combative than the the mastiff plus larger and less violent than the bulldog.
The Bullmastiffs are brave and they have a lot of confidence in themselves. These kindhearted dogs adapt well with families. They are known to be good guard dogs for your homes although they seldom bark. They have their own way of thinking and they might not respond to obedience training. One thing great about these dogs is that they do not need much training, exercise or grooming. These dogs can live joyfully in apartments or homes.
Bullmastiffs are well proportioned, having tremendous strength, a lot of staying power, always on guard and sturdily built. They are very active dogs. Their sizes range from 25 to 27 inches and they weigh 110 to 130 pounds. Dogs within these limits have more value. The length from the tips of their breastbones to the rear of their thighs goes beyond the height slightly and it withers to the ground. The ultimate result of these qualities is a square - like appearance.
They are very intense, intelligent and always on their guard. The eyes are dark and the sizes are medium. Their ears are v – shaped and are rather near their cheeks. They are set on high and wide, at level with the posterior back portion of their heads. This is why their skulls appear to be square in shape. Their heads are darker in appearance than their bodies and their sizes are medium. The muzzles of these breeds are wide and deep. Its length when compared to their heads is almost like a ratio of 1 to 3. They seem to lack a foreface with their nostrils set above the the top of their muzzles. It is a complete reversal of that of the bulldogs and it does not look nice. It is better for the Bullmastiffs to have dark muzzles. They have black noses with nostrils that are big and broad. Their upper lips are not too pendulous. Their bites are slightly misplaced or at level. The teeth of these dogs are big and are set wide apart from each other. Their necks are muscular, medium in length with a slight arch and the circumferences are almost equal. They have a compact body. Their chests are broad and deep. The ribs of the Bullmastiffs are sprung up and are well settled down between the forelegs of these dogs They have short backs which are impressive looking because it makes these dogs looked balanced. They have muscular hips that are wide and a bit arched and their flanks are even. They have high tails that look strong at the root and decrease as they reach the hocks (joints between the tarsal and tibia bones of the dogs). Tails can be curved or straight.
The Bullmastiff shoulders are muscular with a slight slope. They have nicely boned forelegs which are straight and well formed elbows that are neither in nor out. Their pasterns (the sloping part of the feet) are straight. They possess medium sized feet with rounded toes that are well arched. The pads of these dogs are burly and rugged. Their nails are black. Dogs of this kind have hindquarters that are wide and muscular. Their second thighs are well cultivated and powerful. They have moderate angulations at the hocks. If they have cowhocks and splay feet, these are critical faults. Their coats sre short but thick therefore giving the dogs very good protection. The coats are colored light brown, red or brindle. They do have small white spots on their chests. If they do have white markings, these are considered serious faults. These dogs move in a straight manner. Their temperament is courageous with oozing belief in itself but easy to handle. These dogs can be easily relied upon. Their intelligence is incredible and they like to please their owners.