Species group: Working Group dogs
Around 1860, English gamekeepers developed the Bullmastiff from a mix of about 40% Bulldog and 60% Mastiff to protect large English estates from poachers. This working dog needed to be strong, fearless, and capable of attacking on command in the dark-- in other words, it needed to be loyal, trainable, and not overly aggressive once it had its prey.
This is not a dog that barks the alarm. In fact, it's a relatively quiet breed. This is a dog bred to apprehend the intruders. As a result, they can make splendid protection animals for owners who know how to manage them. For example, the Diamond Society of South Africa uses Bullmastiffs to protect their gems.
This powerful breed doesn't need to be taught to protect its people or its territory. It will do so automatically. What it demands is a responsible owner who can properly socialize the dog and make sure it doesn't represent a danger to others. If you don't know how to handle a somewhat independent dog that thinks for itself, you may find the Bullmastiff more of an insurance liability than a companion.
Appearance / health:
Large, muscular, and agile, Bull Mastiffs have characteristic large heads. The eyes are dark and of medium size. The V-shaped ears are carried close to the cheeks and set on high. The skull is large and broad and has some wrinkle when alert. The forehead is flat. The muzzle is broad and deep. The nose is black with large nostrils. The neck is extremely muscular.
The short coats of Bullmastiffs do not need much care, as they are said to be a "wash and wear" breed. Daily brushing is sufficient to remove dead hair. Teeth and ears must be cleaned regularly to prevent infections or dental problems.
They require moderate amounts of exercise. A short walk is sufficient to keep these dogs happy and healthy. These dogs must be always kept on a leash when outside the house.
The health issues common in Bullmastiffs include cancer, bloat, eye and thyroid problems, and allergies. In addition, hip and elbow dysplasia (a condition marked by poorly developed body parts) may occur in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Bullmastiffs may exasperate their owners by their incessant biting and chewing. They make wonderful guard dogs owing to their protective territorial nature. Any intruder will find themselves knocked over by these large-sized dogs and pinned to the ground. Bullmastiffs are known to drool and snore. They have a high tolerance to pain.
They have a high learning rate. Several trainers may find it difficult to train independent-minded Bullmastiffs that do not enjoy doings the same tasks for a long time. Training needs to be firm, consistent, and capable of engaging them.
Bullmastiffs were bred to work silently, and hence rarely bark.
Excellent protectors, low maintanance, best guard dog, gentle temperament, lovable, loving pet
inexperienced dog owners, extra large size, drool, medical issues, joint issues, brute strength
Former Bait Dog/ Current Best Friend
When I decided to get a dog, I did a lot of research. I decided on the bullmastiff breed, because they like to sleep, rarely bark, have smushy faces (a must!), and are great with kids. I also decided to try to adopt an adult dog, because most people only buy or adopt puppies. I found Nelson online through a large dog rescue, and it was love at first sight.
I already loved his smushy face, but I really knew he needed me when I learned about his history. He was used a bait dog in a dog fighting ring (canines filed down, nose broken twice, tail chopped off, scars, malnourished) when he was seized by animal control. The rescue group got him out of the shelter before he was put down. They gave him medical care, but --for 6 months-- he got very little stimulation.
Fast forward almost 3 years... Nelson is a farm dog. He totally lives up to the bullmastiff breed-- lazy during the day, goofy around 2am every night (They were called Gamekeeper Nightwatch Dogs), quiet, and DROOLING all over the place. If you're a neat freak, stay away from these dogs. They will drool all over your couch and bed, and if you think you're going to keep a bully off the furniture, good luck! :).
From rumorgoddess Jun 18 2015 9:17PM
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Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
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The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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