Description

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.

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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