A British breed evolved from the Old English Mastiff and the Bulldog. Primarily used as a guard dog and, in olden times, to help the gamekeeper in the apprehension of poachers.
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions
AKC Video Link
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See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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AKC: American Bullmastiff Association: Bull Mastiff Study Guide
Mastiff and Bullmastiff -- Anne-Marie Class
Breed Standards for the Mastiff and Bullmastiff - an illustrated presentation
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: UK
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
The Kennel Club: Bullmastiff Pedigree Breed Health Survey
Common Health Issues:
AKC: American Bullmastiff Association
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Comparative Analysis of Genome Diversity in Bullmastiff Dogs
Sally-Anne Mortlock, Mehar S. Khatkar, Peter Williamson*
Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2006, Australia
Population analysis of the Bullmastiff breed -- UK -- The Kennel Club
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australia: Bullmastiff Club of Victoria
Bullmastiff Club Of Queensland
Belgium: Belgium Bullmastiff Club
Netherlands: Bullmastiff Club Nederland
USA: American Bullmastiff Association