Dog Breed Information - Bullmastiff
This powerful animal, shows great
strength, endurance, and alertness; well built but active. The
foundation breeding was 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. The breed
was developed in England by gamekeepers for protection against
poachers. Maintaining such traits as alertness, wariness of strangers,
strength, and agility, the Bullmastiff needs a firm loving home
and is not a dog for the fragile or timid.
The known history of the Bullmastiff
begins about the year 1860 in England. It is probable that the
story of the breed is really centuries old, but proof is difficult.
The Bullmastiff was bred to be a gamekeeper's guard dog who could
track quietly, cover short distances quickly, and pin and hold
poachers. He is now primarily a family companion with a calm,
dependable disposition. A mature adult male will average 26 inches
and 120 pounds. The AKC granted recognition to the Bullmastiff
in October, 1933.