Illustration of Bullmastiff

This old English breed was developed as a guard dog in the 19th Century to assist gamekeepers in their attempts to thwart poachers. The Bulldog and the Old English Mastiff are the ancestors of this breed, a combination designed to give the breed forbidding size and a courageous temperament. The Bullmastiff certainly possesses these qualities, combined with sufficient athleticism to chase away any intruder. In the early days the gamekeeper preferred brindle dogs for camouflage when working at night but the fawn, often with a black mask, is now more numerous.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Under 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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