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Bullmastiff Dog BreedThe Bullmastiff is mistakenly thought of as one of Britain's oldest dog breeds. However, it is actually the Mastiff that is the oldest breed. The Bullmastiff, on the other hand, is a fairly new dog breed that has recently developed. History does show a few crosses between these two dogs as early as the 1790s, but there is no direct evidence that suggests these two strains were used to breed on.
The definitive documentation of the Bullmastiff started towards the end of the 19th century. Their function at the time was to protect large estates from poachers that were causing huge problems with gamekeepers.
In order to stop the poachers
and protect the gamekeepers' livelihoods, Bullmastiff dogs were used
for guarding and protection. These dogs were tough, courageous, and
would wait quietly until a poacher arrived, then attack on command.
Taking Care Of Your Bullmastiff: Bullmastiff dogs are fairly large and need daily exercise to keep them in top shape. Like other large dogs, if there is not enough exercise and too much food, obesity can become a problem. However, a few long walks on the leash each day should do just fine. This is one dog that does not fare well in hot weather. They are generally indoor dogs and will need a large bed to stretch out in. Bullmastiffs also tend to drool a lot, as well as snore. Grooming is minimal, with the occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
Health Information:The average
lifespan of a Bullmastiff is approximately 10 years. Veterinarians
suggest that all Bullmastiff dogs get tested specifically for hip and
elbow problems, as well as potential eye issues. Major health concerns
that seem to be common among this breed are CHD, gastric torsion, and
elbow dysplasia. Minor issues that may pop up, but are rare, are mast
cell tumors, hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, SAS, hypothyroidism, and
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