"The Gamekeeper's Night Dog"
In yesteryear, poachers plagued large estate owners. Gamekeepers needed a dog with the strength and speed to run down a deer or rabbit rustler. Combining the strength and grandeur of a Mastiff with the doggedness of a Bulldog produced the total package and the dog we know today. The “Gamekeeper's Night Dog” charged the hapless poacher, knocking him down and keeping the trespasser subdued.
Bullmastiffs are protective of people and property. No one enters without his permission. Because of a tendency to eradicate the neighborhood of unwanted critters and people perceived as modern-day “poachers,” confinement is necessary. Strong-willed and with a body more powerful than the average bear, the Bullie cannot be coerced to do something he doesn't want to do. But for a master he loves and respects, nothing is impossible. These dogs crave physical contact and consider themselves to be lapdogs despite their girth.
A well-bred Bullmastiff boasts a sturdy body with the physique of a finely-tuned athlete. A red fawn or brindle coat is set off by a dark mask on the muzzle. The head is broad with a deep, strong muzzle.
Early introduction to commands is advised for the owner to be the alpha partner as well as to cultivate a tight bond. A powerful dog needs to know his person is the pack leader. Even though it would be difficult for a mere human to win a wrestling match with this breed, it's essential to make him believe you could. This is accomplished through firm, consistent training which intensifies the dog's devotion and compliance. Food motivation works well!
Grooming & Care
Easy care, bathing when dirty. Brushing helps eliminate dead hair and to keep coat shiny. Routine nails, teeth and ear care finish off the spa treatment.
Look for parents free of elbow and hip dysplasia and eye problems. Some individuals are prone to bloat and torsion.
Bob in the movie"See Spot Run."
|Schedule||Full-time (but no overtime)|
|Personal Style||Confident, Friendly|
|Training Style||Consistent, Firm, Confident|
|Home||Fenced yard or access to one|
|Grooming||Easy to care for - brush weekly|
|Exercise||Moderate - needs to walk or play every day|
|Training||Can be stubborn, Early socialization is very important|
|Challenges||Sheer strength - may be too much dog for a submissive personality or a person who is in poor health.|
|Height||24 to 27 inches|
|Weight||100 to 135 pounds|
|Life||8 to 10 years|
|Home Alone||Fine as a trained adult|
|With Kids||Fine if raised with them|
|Availability||Rare and may have a waiting list|
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