Bullmastiff Temperament

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Bullmastiff Temperament

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Bullmastiff Overview

The bullmastiff temperament is known for being reserved, alert, docile, reliable, devoted and calm. They were bred to be guard dogs, and so the bullmastiff temperament is one that is well suited for that job. They can be quite possessive and territorial dogs that have an innate sense of what and who does and does not belong on their property. They have an urge to stop intruders if they do not know them and their smells. Once the bullmastiff knows you, they can be your best friends for life and will stand by you through the thick and the thin.

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The bullmastiff temperament is that of a fearless and confident dog. They are very reliable, intelligence and have a willingness to please people. All these qualities about the bullmastiff temperament make them a very dependable family companion. They are great for households that are secluded and households with children as they love serving the purpose of the protector dog with their massive bodies and big, droopy faces!

Are Bullmastiffs Good Family Dogs?

The bullmastiff does not hesitate to protect his family, which he considers his pack. This is why it is very important to train this extremely reliable dog to know their limits and to stop trying to protect you from someone you know but they think of as a stranger. They need to be taught from an early age that you are the leader of the pack. They also need to practice to have consistent responses when we ask them to do something or to stop doing something. They also need to learn their place in the family from a very young age. They need consistent leaders who are going to be firm with them and help them understand that they must follow their pack leader.

Bullmastiff with family

Are Bullmastiffs Good Apartment Dogs?

The bullmastiff temperament is best suited for properties that have a large area. This is because they are massive dogs that love to be territorial and possessive. They are happiest when they are able to do the job of protecting someone and something. They will do fine in apartments but something you want to consider is that they are so large so it might get very uncomfortable for them and you if there is not much space for them to move around.

The bullmastiff temperament is good for children if they are socialized with children from a very young age. While they are not aggressive dogs, the bullmastiff is a guard dog and wants to protect the ones he guards, especially if they are children. This means that if your bullmastiff thinks that the child is in danger, they will react. If there are other children in or around the house that are being rowdy, running, screaming, punching each other or wrestling, the bullmastiff might not be able to understand whether these actions are serious or not. In these cases, the bullmastiff temperament is such that the dog will rush to protect the kids from the ones who they perceive are trying to harm them. It is your duty as the master to train them and to oversee such situations because the bullmastiff might end up hurting a child without meaning to do so. Other people’s children should never be left unsupervised with a bullmastiff.

Bullmastiff with pug

As with other guard dog breeds, the bullmastiff temperament is such that they will not always tolerate other dogs unless they have been socialized with many dogs of different genders, sizes and breeds from a very young age. A new dog should always be introduced to your bullmastiff in a neutral space, while on a leash so that both the dogs can sniff each other and learn to trust each other. In general, it is harder for a male bullmastiff’s temperament to get along with that of another large, male dog. They will actually do better with smaller dogs. That being said, it is ALWAYS possible to train your dog otherwise, depending on how much time and energy you are willing to spend socializing them.

Aew Bullmastiffs Easy to Train?

The bullmastiff temperament can be stubborn, which makes this breed a little challenging to train. They MUST be trained from a very young age, before they become too large to handle. They love being independent and will not always be willing to want to please you. In these cases, it is important to have a very firm yet caring hand filled with tons of treats and provide them with lots of positive reinforcements. Punitive measures will not work on the bullmastiff temperament and will cause you to see only adverse affects!

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Finally, it is important to remember that 99% of the time bullmastiffs will be affectionate dogs that love to protect their humans and can be very sweet and loyal to their families. They love to hang out with you and drool all over the place. That being said, they are guard dogs that CAN be aggressive if they are not trained properly and with care.

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  1. Is 3.5 months old too old to socialize a mastiff with a small dog? I’m sure this is a silly question but is it likely a mastiff can be taught not to eat my rabbit? Otherwise I will find him a new home.
    Thank you”

    • i have a 2 year old bullmastiff. from what i know about 3-4 month old bullmastiffs, they’re still babies and very likely to adapt to change.

  2. Olivia Parrish on

    Have a 1 year old female that was traumatized when she Was young, is very skiddish now will she ever get over this?
    Tied her to bench when she was 4mo old while I went I to the store, got scared and pulled the bench behind her till she got free,ran home, happen again 4mo later, this time she ran across the street with the bench still behind her, any time I drive to the store she cowers,tried waking by today,she was terrified, is there anyway she will get over this? What do I need to do to help?

    • My advice is that you refrain from doing anything that might remind her past, traumatic experiences. Don’t tie her to things or do anything that might make her feel like she “caged-in”. I can’t image how difficult this is on both of you, but continue to give her your love and hope for the best. If it within your means, consult an expert.

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