Do You Really
Want a Bullmastiff?
Do you like your house and clothes to be meticulously clean?
No matter what people tell you, Bullmastiffs drool.  This is mostly when they are eating (or thinking about eating,) with
exercise, or heat.  Kitchen floors can become hazardous with pools of drool and walls become decorated with "slingers."
Clothes become streaked with slime and occasionally a big paw print.  These big paws also track in a lot of mud.  Although
not excessive, Bullmastiffs do shed.  This will be found mostly in their favorite napping places (likely your couch or bed)
and on your clothes.
Are you prepared to deal with living with a 100-140 pound animal in your house?
These are dogs that need to live with their master.  They do not tolerate weather extremes well.  If you expect the dog to
live outside, then I suggest NOT getting a Bullmastiff.  Because of their sheer size they must be monitored with the very
young, elderly, or anyone unstable on their feet.
Do you have a nicely landscaped yard?
Dogs, especially puppies, have a different idea of yard work.  They are proficient at excavating and pruning.  They leave
very large deposits of waste, and urine may damage the lawn or shrubs.
Do you have a strong, secure fence?
This is essential to owning a Bullmastiff.  I do not recommend using an invisible fencing system alone.  Bullmastiffs have a
very high pain threshold when focused on something else and this type of fencing does not stop other animals from coming
into your yard.
Does your schedule allow you time to spend sufficient time with your dog EVERY day?
Bullmastiffs don't require an extensive amount of exercise, but also are not good at self-exercising.  A walk twice a day is
usually sufficient.  Puppies will require a potty break in the middle of the day.  Bullmastiffs also like to have some quality
time with their owners just hanging-out.  If you work long hours or are frequently gone, then maybe a fish would be a
better choice.
Do you have the time, patience, and money to invest in socializing and training?
Socialization and obedience training are vital components to raising a Bullmastiff.  This is a dominant, and sometimes
stubborn, breed and requires consistency and persistence in training.  If not properly socialized to strange people and
strange dogs while still young, you are likely to end up with a dangerous dog.  The puppy should be taken to classes, as
well as worked at home and in other environments.  Training needs to be continued throughout its life.
Are you capable of being the alpha dog?
Bullmastiffs need to realize early in life that they are NOT the top dog.  If this role is not assumed and enforced by the
owner, a Bullmastiff will take the position.  This will produce a dangerous dog.  This task is not accomplished through
rough handling, but through consistent and specific training methods.  Rules must be set and maintained by everyone in the
dog’s life.
Do you plan on going to the dog park or letting your dog play with your friends dogs?
most will not readily accept strange dogs, especially on their territory.  It is not a breed you can let run off-lead.  Even
when on-leash, a Bullmastiff owner needs to be very aware of their surroundings.  If another dog approaches your
Bullmastiff, the big dog will usually be blamed for any injuries incurred.  It is NEVER recommended to own a male
Bullmastiff with another male dog of any breed.
Are you financially prepared to care for a very large dog?
When you look at the purchase price of a Bullmastiff ($800-$2000) realize this is just a drop in the bucket.  Maintenance
alone (feeding, vaccinations, spay/neuter, crates, indestructible toys, sturdy collars and leads, etc.) for a 100+ pound dog
gets expensive.  If medications or veterinary treatment are needed, expect to pay 5-10 times more than you would with a
small dog.  Professional obedience training (outside the home) and secure fencing are other requirements that will cost you.
you want a snoring, slobbering, farting, protective, co-dependent, loving Bullmastiff to become a part of your family then
I suggest you patiently and carefully screen some responsible breeders.  But beware; you may not be able to quit with
only one.
Sandra Statter, DVM