Breed Profile

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff
Bullmastiffs were bred to catch, pin and hold down poachers in the forests of England. The gamekeepers needed an agile, strong and obedient dog, so they crossed the English Mastiff and the British Bulldog. These dogs were more aggressive than is considered either necessary or acceptable in today's Bullmastiff.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

These big dogs normally live to eight years of age, but fed correctly and given the love and respect they deserve Bullmastiffs will usually live up to 10 years.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Bullmastiffs have a more independent mindset than many of the other guarding breeds. This extremely impressive animal can be very gentle or a total clown. They can also curl up napping or viewing television with children. Each Bullmastiff has a personality of its own. The true Bullmastiff character should exhibit dignity, alertness, intelligence, stability and loyalty. They should be neither too assertive nor too passive.

The Bullmastiff's favourite spot in the house or yard is the one that will afford the best overall view of its territory. It may appear to be at ease, while still being extremely aware of the slightest changes that occur. The Bullmastiff has an innate talent for distinguishing who belongs on the property and who is an intruder.

Obedience training is a must for such a large and powerful dog, in order for it to happily co-exist in the average household. The prime factor in training a Bullmastiff is consistency.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

As a general rule, mature Bullmastiff males do not get along well with other males. Occasionally females will not tolerate other females. Although there are always exceptions, it is less likely that two dogs of the same sex will get along, especially after sexual maturity - so if you are planning to purchase two Bullmastiffs, it is recommended that you get one of each sex.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The coat requires minimal work to keep it in good condition. It is a waterproof jacket that for the most part manages to look impressive, even with very little attention. Brushing several times a week will take care of any loose hairs, while regular use of a rubber hound glove will apply pressure all over the body to stimulate the flow of oil and massage the skin to a healthy condition. Exercise is necessary and important, however, Bullmastiffs need only a limited amount of exercise to keep fit and healthy. Never over exercise a Bullmastiff, especially in its formative first year.

Please take note:
Generally Bullmastiffs are not jumpers, however, they can, with provocation, jump high fences - so 1.5-metre high fences are the absolute minimum. All Bullmastiffs need to have a suitable kennel for when the need arises. Certain health conditions, such as Entropian and Hip Dysplasia, can occur in Bullmastiffs, as with some other breeds. Contact breed experts or vets for additional information.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Bullmastiff is not the breed for everyone. Due to its intelligence, independence of mind, size, and strength to back up its wishes, the Bullmastiff should not be owned by those who are not willing, or are afraid, to enforce rules of proper behaviour.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Bullmastiff is the dog for you and you are prepared to provide good fencing to protect this dog, then contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders




Breeder NameKennelState 
Paul and Nellie Abela Powerbulmas NSW Contact
Kerry Cannon Kangala NSW Contact
Samantha Forrest Campbullmas TAS Contact
Nikki Kenwrick Opalguard NSW Contact
Yvonne Metzger Kurvon TAS Contact
Shane Brinkworth Brinkybull NSW Contact
Annie and Libby Whilte Bullicious WA Contact
Danielle Gilby Algerian VIC Contact
Narelle Aldridge Crimcoons & Ahote VIC Contact
June Sellars Oldworld SA Contact
Robyn Armstrong Tiararebel QLD Contact
Belinda Richardson Khaliffa NSW Contact
Chris Mutton Untouchabul VIC Contact
cameron knorre Maskiert QLD Contact
Susan Dodt Memrabull QLD Contact
Cheryll Jenkins Bullalryll QLD Contact
Iain Skinner Tarbullgair NSW Contact
amanda graveson aussieknight QLD Contact
Mark Keatch Tallanganook VIC Contact
Mark Keatch Tallanganook VIC Contact
Janine Snowie Whipcracka NSW Contact
jade woodall Kodewood VIC Contact
Elizabeth Fiddling JAPHTABULL NSW Contact
Murray McAllister Neuwera Bullmastiffs NSW Contact
Sarah Fischer ANCIENTRESIA NSW Contact
janette Taylor Intrignbull SA Contact
Carra Somerville Bullofglory QLD Contact
Diane Hedt Dibullic VIC Contact
Stephen Howe TALESTATE QLD Contact
Cheryll jenkins Bullalryll QLD Contact
Michael Coleman Remyk TAS Contact
warren irbitis Swanbrook QLD Contact
Angela McLaughlin Firebull QLD Contact
Eleisha Bottriell show QLD Contact
Becci Dawson Bullmighty SA Contact
Jane Flowers Flowerdoll Efectivo NSW Contact
Debbie Marshall Chienparadis NSW Contact
HEATHER FRASER Divinetorque WA Contact
Aimee Whitaker Kennilcrest NSW Contact
Glenn & Brooke Sparham & Turner GAMEGUARD NSW Contact
Damian Ogilvie dabullsha QLD Contact
Maria Stennings Stennaroo QLD Contact
Trudi McDougall Dukory QLD Contact
Susan Hodgetts Saturnbrook QLD Contact
Melissa Smith Anmenta NSW Contact
Terrence and Kerry Kelly Bullarmour NSW Contact
Jodi Johnston Rangehaven QLD Contact
Peter Hall Jedahals NSW Contact
leanne elliott Guardville QLD Contact
Sarah Rose Ancientresia NSW Contact
Janine Snowie Whipcracka NSW Contact
Heidi Thomas Crusadeabull QLD Contact
Michele Edwards Nightquest VIC Contact
Elizabeth Low Norlow ACT Contact
Chantay Rahurahu Konda QLD Contact
Jane Gray QUINCYCREEK QLD Contact
Carole Moloney Dragon sapphire VIC Contact
Cameron Plant Bartosz QLD Contact
Bianca Brook Manudog SA Contact
Kathy Munro ORNUMBULL NSW Contact
Bren Dalby Dunneimed QLD Contact
Allyson and Mal Ongley Alyman SA Contact
Maxine Bellingham Czamac TAS Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)

 

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