Their giant size means you might want to avoid lap cuddles. However, Bullmastiffs are sweet-tempered, gentle, devoted and affectionate, so you may let them climb up on the couch anyway.


Hand towels on sale? Pick up a few dozen. Not on sale? Pick them up anyway – Bullmastiffs drool a lot and snore even more. Large and powerful, they are calm, well-mannered and have an affectionate temperament. But given their fierce loyalty and fearlessness, an intruder would find themselves with a challenge when you have a Bullmastiff in the house.

Bullmastiffs are good family pets. They crave human companionship, kids included, and can suffer from separation anxiety, so avoid working overtime. Socialise them early with children and other pets, otherwise they will come across as stubborn or aggressive.

Fun fact: They regularly star in films, including

Harry Potter, Transformers 2 and Sandlot.

Be firm and consistent in laying down rules and you’ll enjoy the company of a trustworthy and huggable pal. And while they are very active as puppies, they mellow with age and you can expect your Bullmastiff to mature after 12 months. These silent watchdogs do not need a big yard to romp about in, but they will want their daily walk.v Without a walk, you may have to deal with a Bullmastiff who is a bit temperamental.

After a few playtimes during the day, watch them wag themselves silly. However, they are not very good with too cold or too hot weather. Don’t encourage your Bullmastiff to swim either, as their squished nose can make swimming difficult.

They have an easy-to-groom, short-haired, slightly rough coat (usually in brindle, fawn or red). Like most low-maintenance breeds, comb and brush them with a firm bristle brush and they will be ready for their close-up. Being heavy and muscular, their legs and feet need to be checked regularly. Also trim their nails.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Sadly, this breed is prone to cancer and bloat. Hip dysplasia and bloat are also common, as well as skin and eye issues. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Bullmastiff is a giant-sized breed weighing between 41-59kgs, with a height between 61-68 cms.


A space with a yard makes this pup a happy chap.

Energy Levels

Not the most energetic of dogs, they just want to sleep, eat and cuddle. A gentle daily stroll and some games will keep your pet healthy.  

Difficulty of Training

They are intelligent, although stubborn. Firm handling and perseverance are essential.

Family Suitability

They are Great family pets, loyal companions and excellent watchdogs.

Compatibility with other Pets

Bullmastiffs are best as single pets. However, introduce any other pets early to encourage friendship.

Need for Company

They have a high need for company and enjoy spending time with their family.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

This breed is low-maintenance. Simply wipe their coat down weekly. They have a short, straight coat in brindle, piebald, red, fawn or white.


They are light shedders.

Tendency to Bark

They have a low tendency to bark, so don’t expect frequent conversations.  

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