The Bullmastiff dog breed is a firm and fearless family guardian.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff was created in England in the 1860s by crossing a Mastiff with a Bulldog. The goal was to create a guard dog that would defend wealthy properties from poachers trying to steal game, like deer. The Bulldog-Mastiff-cross provided the Bullmastiff with the perfect balance of aggression and speed necessary to apprehend the thieves.
2) John D. Rockefeller
Wealthy oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller imported Bullmastiffs to the United States in the 1920s to guard his country estate in Tarrytown, N.Y.
3) NFL Mascot
The Cleveland Browns have a live mascot — a Bullmastiff named Swagger. You might see him on the sidelines during a game or "giving interviews" afterwards. According to his website, Swagger's favorite food is "fried Raven."
4) Guard Dogs
The Bullmastiff is different from a traditional guard dog. He was trained not to bark or bite intruders. Rather, his job was to track quietly, pin and hold poachers without mauling them. Wealthy landowners did not want their Bullmastiffs to scare away or injure the thieves — only to apprehend them. These instincts have remained with the Bullmastiff, as his role has shifted from game guard dog to family companion.
Bullmastiff is courageous, confident, independent and stubborn dog. It needs to be trained from the early age to assure desirable behavior in front of strangers and other animals. It responds well to the positive reinforcement methods and strong leadership skills of the owner.
Because of their short face, Bullmastiffs snort, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people; nerve-wracking to others.
7) Movie Star
The most famous Bullmastiff in Hollywood was not a trained movie dog, but a beloved family pet. Sylvester Stallone adopted his Bullmastiff, Butkus, when the pup was six weeks old and decided to use him in "Rocky" because he couldn't afford a trained movie dog. Stallone actually had to sell Butkus at one point because his finances were so dire, but he went back for Butkus as soon as he had the money. As he was begging to get his dog back, Stallone said, "This dog belongs in the movie."
Most people are not prepared for how much Bullmastiffs slobber and drool, especially after eating or drinking.
Young Bullmastiffs need enough exercise to keep them lean and healthy, but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged. Adult Bullmastiffs need more exercise to keep them in shape, but not in hot or humid weather for fear of overheating. The proper amount of exercise can be difficult to regulate in giant breeds.
Bullmastiff can be kept both in the large apartments and in the houses. It doesn't like to sleep in the backyard (it prefers to live close to its family). Bullmastiff can be aggressive toward other animals in the house (proper training can prevent this behavior).