The Bullmastiff is a large dog breed that has a solid build and a short muzzle. They are related to the English mastiffs, as well as the Old English Bulldog. They were originally created in the 19th century to guard estates. As a result, they are called the ‘Gamekeeper’s Nigh Dog’. They are known to be a very quiet dog and most often cannot be heard barking. They will only bark when alarmed.
Bullmastiffs are known to be strong, powerful and sensitive dogs. They need to have a consistent leader in their lives that will make them into a well-behaved family member. It is very important for a Bullmastiff to be properly trained and socialized. They love to be guardians for their humans and if not trained to respond appropriately in a variety of situations, this guard dog can react inappropriately.
The median life expectancy of a Bullmastiff is between seven to eight years. A Bullmastiff does not stop growing until it is about three and a half years old. They can suffer from various hereditary diseases included hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis, lymphoma cancer, entropion, hypothyroidism, and bloating. It is important to always take your Bullmastiff to regular visits to the vet to monitor their health.