Bullmastiff is a large and powerful dog breed that was developed by crossing the English Mastiff with the Bulldog. It was bred specifically to combat poachers on the large estates in Britain during the early 1800s. Being smaller than the original Mastiff, yet with the tenacity of the Bulldog, it was an agile and loyal companion for a solitary gamekeeper who might encounter a violent group of poachers.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Brindle/Fawn/Red
Height: 25 – 27 Inch (63.5 – 68.5 cm)
Weight: 110 – 130 lb (50 – 59 kg)
Nature: Powerful, Affectionate; Needs Careful Training
Down the years, the temperament of the Bullmastiff has altered noticeably and they now prove affectionate family dogs, although it is essential that these dogs are properly trained to deter any lingering aggressive tendencies. Bullmastiffs are still powerful dogs, however, and are not suitable for a child to exercise. They have been bred in an attractive range of colours, with a slight white marking on the chest being acceptable, but not really desirable in a show dog. The mask is frequently black.