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Description of Bullmastiff

´╗┐The Breed History

This particular mastiff breed is first recorded in Britain around 1860. Like the Old English Mastiff (Syn. Mastiff), it is one of many mastiff-type dogs that originated from ancient Asian stock. The cross of 60% English Mastiff with 40% English Bulldog produced this breed. In 1924, the English Kennel Club first recognized Bullmastiffs as a breed, and in 1933-34, the AKC also recognized this breed.

Breeding for Function

To protect estates from poachers, the bulldog-mastiff type was ideal. They were silent workers, following a human trail by odor, and when pinned down, did not maul their intruders but just held them. Later, they became very popular as guarding and watchdogs.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 24-26" (61-66 cm), male 25-27" (63.5-68.5cm).

Weight: females 100-120 lb (45.5-54.5 kg), males 110-130 lb (50-59 kg).

Coat: The short, very dense haircoat is acceptable in fawn, red and brindle. Only a very small white marking on the chest is acceptable. Longevity: 9-10 years

Points of Conformation: The Bullmastiff is smaller and more compact, with more of a bulldog type head than the English Mastiff. This alert powerful dog is about as long as tall. The skull is large, with a well-wrinkled forehead when alert. Eyes are medium-sized and dark colored, and ears are triangular and carried close to the head; set high. They possess a moderate stop, and the muzzle is deep and broad with dark coloration. Nose is black and large, and the flews moderately pendulous. The neck is moderate in length and arch, with well-developed musculature. The topline is level, and the thorax is wide and deep, with well-sprung ribs. The tail is high set and tapers to end at the tarsus; it is straight/slightly curved. Limbs are heavily boned and straight, feet are medium sized with well-arched toes, black nails and thick pads. The Bullmastiff moves with a ground-covering smooth stride.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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