The Bullmastiff was originally called the 'Gamekeeper’s Night Dog' as they were used to catch poachers. The base stock of the Bullmastiff was 60% English Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. They were created in the late 1800’s. When the need for gamekeepers and the Bullmastiff declined they were used in sport. Someone would run off into the undergrowth and after a short time a muzzled Bullmastiff would be released to see if the person could be found. They were not trained to maul or kill, but to overpower their target. All the records state the dog never lost.
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Bullmastiffs are very social and should be housed in the home, though they can be housed outside with activity in the yard. They are a gentle dog, and would appreciate running around with their companion. They are fairly inactive indoors, and should have a comfortable place to lay with access to clean water and shade.
Exercise Bullmastiffs are large dogs, and therefore, they require a moderate amount of exercise. They enjoy a long walk daily, and should have access to such play items as a ball, as well as a small herd of herding children.
Health Issues Bullmastiffs can suffer from hip dysplasia, CHD, and PRA. They can also have allergies to certain foods and medication. In addition, stress can cause bad breath, bloating, and eating problems.