Different breeds of dogs

 

BULLMASTIFF

 

by Dennis Fisher.

 

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This large, imposing, heavily built animal is a very suitable choice for anyone who wants a good watchdog that is not highly-strung, excitable and one that  does not bark a great deal unnecessarily.

 

The fact that the  Bullmastiff is not a noisy animal is an important point in its favor when one has to consider  one’s neighbors.

 

Bullmastiffs are large and heavily built, standing as high as 27 inches  at the shoulder and weighing as much as 130 pounds.   A well-bred Bullmastiff  is a good tempered, reliable, affectionate animal.

 

But obviously, as with any breed – and particularly one of the powerful larger breeds – it is important to ensure that the Bullmastiff pup you choose is the result of selective breeding from parents with good, sound temperaments.

 

It is an animal that is extremely good with its own family and particularly tolerant of children, but it can be a fearsome guard.

 

The short coat requires little grooming other than an occasional brushing, which is also a decided advantage in the home.

 

The Bullmastiff originated in England and was the result of a mixture of the English Bulldog and certain strains of English mastiff.   It is a very powerfully built animal with large powerful head, short broad muzzle and attractive dark black mask.

 

In color there are variations of different shades of fawn and brindle.  However, it is important that the muzzle must always be as dark as possible because this adds greatly to the animal’s attractive appearance.

 

Although not an agile animal, because of its bulk, it still does require a certain amount of exercise in order for it to remain in good health.

 

Because there is a tendency for the dog to become too heavy and somewhat lazy, the weight must be carefully controlled.  Do not overfeed.