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Dog Breeds - Alaskan Malamute







Phonetic Pronunciation: "bull"-MASS-tif




The Bullmastiff was bred in the late 1800's originally from stock 60% Mastiff 40% Bulldog. They wanted to create a dog that was powerful enough to knock down and hold a poacher, was tough with a powerful holding bite to restrain the intruder and at the same time not wanting the dog to maul and kill the poacher. Being quite awesome and well respected these dogs lived with their master and family on estates and as soon as night fell he was on patrol with his master to guard the estate and livestock against poachers.



This is a docile, devoted and alert guard dog, and unless provoked, he is fearless and protective, yet affectionate. Although unlikely to attack, it will catch an intruder, knock him down and hold him.  Craving human companionship, these dogs are tolerant of children, even-tempered, intelligent, calm and loyal.  These extremely powerful dogs need to be thoroughly obedience trained for safety. It is important to socialize these dogs extensively with both people and other dogs at an early age. Tending to slobber, drool and snore, these dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice and need someone to speak with an air of assertiveness, but not harshly.



Height:   61-69cm  (24-27in)

Weight:   45-60kg  (100-133lb)

The symmetrical, powerful build of this breed displays great strength. Their coat is short, weather resistant, lying flat to the body and appear in colours from shades of Brindle, Red or Fawn.  Very little exercise is recommended up until 12 months, as too much exercise will damage their bones and ligaments. Once most of their growing has been done, they can do as much exercise as they like. Early mornings or late evenings are preferable as they don¬ít like being in heat of the day.



This breed is very low maintenance, changing coat with seasons a couple of times a year, however hot spots leading into summer months are to be watched if the humidity is high and they still have a lot of winter coat. Weekly brushing and combing is recommended and bathing as required.


Life Expectancy

Under 10 Years


Health Concerns

They enjoy relatively good health; however cancer does rear its ugly head as do heart problems.  Over wrinkled Bull mastiffs are more prone to entropion and cruciate ligaments can be a complaint if the dog has been brought up to be overweight with too much exercise.


Most suited to acreage or townhouse living the Bullmastiff is happiest when he is part of the family and because they are lazy by nature, they just love the family couch and will turn into a couch potato if you let them and a small yard will do.

The high spirited, alert and faithful Bullmastiff makes a wonderful home guardian, however cannot tolerate extremes of temperatures.  

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Working Dogs: This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds and rescue for example. A few in this group include Border Collie, Boxer and Briard to mention a few.



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