Guardman's Bullmastiffs-AKC Breeder of Merit
Our website exists for the purpose of sharing information about the bullmastiff breed and our own bullmastiffs.
Our vision of the perfect bullmastiff is a fearless and easygoing family guardian that as closely as possible embodies the descriptions found in the written standard as concerns specific traits for temperament, conformation, size, movement, coat color, texture, and markings.
Since the bullmastiff is a member of the Working Group, its temperament, soundness, and health must be excellent to insure the dog is capable of performing just as well today as in yesteryear for it's original intended purpose.
Each specific breed trait described in the written bullmastiff breed standard must be continually addressed from generation to generation, lest we find ourselves with bullmastiffs that no longer appear and/or are no longer capable of performing as the founding fathers of the breed had intended.
Briefly, the bullmastiff was originally created in England in the late 1800's, from several distinct breeds of the time; primarily as the result of pairing together the English Mastiff and the English Bulldog, with the intent to fill the need for a dog to silently assist the Gamekeeper in his duties to secure large estates from night poachers illegally hunting on private property, as well as to protect the Gamekeeper, his family, and the other household animals, game and livestock which lived on the estate.
The bullmastiff was intended to be a dog whose size, strength and stamina were more than enough to take down and hold an intruder, as well as an intruder's tresspassing dog, and they became publically known as the "Gamekeeper's Nightdog".
These working skills still require a stable and fearless temperament, but not an overly aggressive one, so as to be able to discern intruder from friend, partner from advisary, fellow canine companion from outside intruder, and livestock and game to be protected vs prey to be chased.
The bullmastiff must be physically capable of covering large chunks of ground every day, while regularly patroling large estates, with the power and tenacity to work fearlessly and quickly as a protector at a moment's notice.
Bottom line for us here at Guardman's Bullmastiffs is our dogs must remain healthy and sound in both body and mind, from generation to generation, so as to be capable of performing as originally intended, while remaining loving and trustworthy family companions and assets to the community at large.
To accomplish this goal we critically evaluate our dogs, starting at birth, well into maturity and old age.
We xray hips and elbows after 2 years of age, and submit the xrays to OFA for certification of these important joints to be sure they are normal, thus enabling the bullmastiff to perform in various duties in a pain free state for many years.
Normal hips and elbows are essential for a large breed such as the bullmastiff.
We also evaluate our dogs eyes, hearts, skin/thyroid, and closely monitor their general health and temperaments.
Our goal is each generation nust be as good or more capable than the one that produced them, in all these areas of concern, while constantly making small improvements in structure and type.
In the following website pages we share our dogs, past and present, our vision for the future, as well as important aspects about ownership of this magnificent breed, and provide you with a useful resource list for further study.
The bullmastiff is definetely not a breed for everyone, as they are a large and powerful dog which demand a capable and responsible owner who understands the importance of early socialization and firm obedience training, and who is both able and willing to sacrifice the time and energy needed to properly raise, train, care for, and supervise their bullmastiff, so that the dog matures to be an asset both to the family and the community.
Thank you for pulling up a chair and spending time to get to know more about the bullmastiff, and our dogs.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions about bullmastiffs that you may have.