Bullmastiff

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The Bullmastiff, once known bet as the “Gamekeeper’s Night-Dog,” was the first dog bred for the explicit intention of tracking and holding a human being immobile. The breed was created in the 1800s to combat the costly poaching rampantly occurring on the British estates. The original breeding program incorporated approximately 60-percent mastiff and 40-percent bulldog blood. Presently there are two schools of Bullmastiff breeding: one prefers dogs with a more bulldog-like look, and the other prefers a more mastiff-like appearance. The owner may select the type he finds more appealing, though the A.K.C. states that the foundation stock for the breed was 60-percent mastiff and 40-percent bulldog. The Bullmastiff of today, though retaining much of the strength and courage of the old breed, has been well tempered to modern society. The Bullmastiff stands between 24 and 27 inches tall and weights between 100 and 130 pounds. Color can be red, fawn or brindle. People interested in owning a Bullmastiff are encouraged to do plenty of research before they purchase their dog: though adorable as little puppies, Bullmastiffs are big, imposing dogs with plenty of appetite and strong protective instincts. Basic obedience training, preferably professional, is strongly recommended for the breed.

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