With a need to protect estates from poachers, came the Bullmastiff. Needed was a dog that could down and hold a man without injury, until detained by their master. Created was a mixture of 60% Old English Mastiff, for its courage and size and 40% Old English Bulldog, for its strength and agility. The breed originated in England in the 1860's and was often called, "The Gamekeepers Night Dog." The Bullmastiff was acknowledged in England in 1924. It was not until 1933 that they were recognized by the American Kennel Club.
A Bullmastiff is broad and muscular. A mature dog will average 130 lbs. and a height of 27" at the shoulders. Females being a little less in weight and height. Originally the preferred color of the Bullmastiff was the "Night Dog" brindle. Although the variety of colors vary from light fawn to rich deep reds.
Don't be taken in by their laid back, easy going nature. When alerted to danger, a Bullmastiff is one of the best of guard dogs. Without fear for themselves, they will protect their family and property. Bullmastiffs are extremely loving, giving animals. They are totally devoted to the ones they LOVE, making them an excellent family companion. With a distinct personality, to say the least, they are an overwhelming breed. They are not just the family dog, they are "One of the Family." They are the ultimate dog!!