Bullmastiff Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bullmastiff so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Bullmastiff have?
BullieBully
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Bullmastiff Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bullmastiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Bullmastiff?
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Bullmastiff, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bullmastiff for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bullmastiff gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bullmastiff? How many Bullmastiff are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Bullmastiff is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Bullmastiff Size

Size
Is a Bullmastiff small, medium or large dog?

How big do Bullmastiff get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Bullmastiff weigh? How much should the Bullmastiff breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Bullmastiff?
Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Bullmastiff?
Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bullmastiff? Bullmastiff height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Bullmastiff?
Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Bullmastiff Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bullmastiff have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bullmastiff's coat?
FawnRedBrindle
Grooming
How to groom the Bullmastiff and how often?
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bullmastiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bullmastiff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bullie?
Bullmastiffs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bullmastiff need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bullmastiff every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Bullmastiff Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bullmastiff have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertCourageousDocileLoyalReliableCalmDevotedPowerfulProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bullmastiff? Is the Bullmastiff breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Bullmastiff obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Bullmastiff ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Bullmastiff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bullmastiff sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bullmastiffs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Bullmastiff a good family dog?
Average: Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bullie need? Bullmastiff social needs:
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Bullmastiff dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bullie bark?
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Bullmastiff good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Bullmastiff dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bullmastiff dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Bullmastiff can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bullmastiff will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Bullmastiff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bullie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bullmastiff? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bullmastiff has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Bullmastiff? How much bite force does a Bullmastiff have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bullmastiff bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Bullmastiff, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bullmastiff do?
Bullmastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bullmastiffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bullmastiff to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bullmastiff roam?
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bullmastiff have high prey drive?
Bullmastiffs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bullmastiff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Bullmastiff indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Bullmastiff be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Bullmastiff Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bullmastiff temperament with other people:
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bullmastiff dogs get along with other pets? Are Bullmastiff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Bullmastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bullmastiff temperament with children:
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bullmastiff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Bullmastiff breed live with a cat?
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bullmastiff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bullmastiff dogs get along with other dogs?
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bullmastiff is not the best choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bullmastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Bullmastiff breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Bullmastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bullmastiffs good office dogs? Do Bullmastiffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Bullmastiffs be office dogs?
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bullmastiff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bullie temperament with senior people? Are Bullmastiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Bullmastiff Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bullmastiff dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Bullmastiff rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bullmastiff breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bullmastiff breed? Most common health risks of Bullmastiff:
CancerEntropionHeart ProblemsHemangiosarcomaHypothyroidismKidney IssuesLymphosarcomaOsteosarcomaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bullmastiff breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bullmastiff see the vet?
Rare
The Bullmastiff should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bullmastiff dogs live? How old can a Bullmastiff be? What is the age limit of the Bullmastiff? How many years can the oldest Bullmastiff live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Bullmastiff?

8-10 years
The average lifespan of Bullmastiff: 9 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bullmastiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bullmastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bullmastiff have? What is the activity level of the Bullmastiff?
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Bullmastiff need? How much exercise do Bullmastiff dogs require per day?
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Bullmastiff breed need?
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Bullmastiff need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Bullmastiff breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Bullmastiff? How much food should I feed my Bullmastiff?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bullmastiff risk for obesity:
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Bullmastiff more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bullmastiff's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bullmastiff drool?
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Bullmastiff.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bullmastiff As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Bullmastiff is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bullmastiff be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Bullmastiff breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Bullmastiff is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Bullmastiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a boat dog?

Not really

Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bullmastiff be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Bullmastiff breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bullmastiff dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bullmastiff Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Bullmastiff pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Bullmastiff breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bullmastiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bullmastiff have in a litter? How many puppies can the Bullmastiff breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Bullmastiff have? How many puppies can a Bullmastiff give birth to?
4-13 puppies, average 8

Bullmastiff Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bullmastiff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Bullmastiff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bullmastiff breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club

Bullmastiff Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bullmastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Bullmastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Cat Friendly: Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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