Height: 25-27inches (Male), 24-26inches (Female)
Weight: 110-130lbs (Male), 100-120lbs (Female)
Life Expectancy: 7-9 Years
AKC Breed Group: Working Group
Records tell us that the breed was created in 1860 to aid gamekeepers in catching poachers on wealthy English estates. Poaching was a costly issue for estate owners and it was punishable by death.
The gamekeepers, who were hired by estate owners, bred the Mastiff with the Bulldog to give them the bullmastiff we know today. They bred for a ratio of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. The Mastiff gave the dog its great size and power needed to overpower a desperate criminal, while the Bulldog provided the ferocity and attitude they needed to pursue, take down, and hold a man. The Bullmastiff would hold down the criminal until the gamekeeper could catch up and apprehend them. Some dogs were known to have died at the hand of these poachers. The poachers knew their crimes were punishable by hanging, so they would do all they could to escape capture. The dogs were very loyal to their gamekeeper owners, which reflects heavily on the bullmastiff breed we know today.
Bullmastiffs can eat 3-6 cups of dry kibble per day based on their weight. Feed your bullmastiff puppy a large breed puppy food to ensure a slow and steady growth. Puppies should be fed several small meals a day. The bullmastiff grows quite rapidly and is a very large breed of dog, so it is important that you keep them from becoming overweight or gaining weight too quickly as to avoid joint problems and digestive issues. It is recommended that bullmastiffs receive added probiotics and enzymes in their daily rations. This will give them the extra boost they need to avoid an overgrowth of yeast that shows itself through skin issues. The yeast is most commonly seen in the paws between their toes, in their ears, and in other folds anywhere on the skin where moisture can be trapped.
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