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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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