Are BULLMASTIFF Playful? Aggressive or Playful?
By William Atherton / January 26, 2021
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ENERGY Alright, with all that out of the way, let's dig right in and look at one of the most significant factors in a breeds playfulness; their energy level. The Bullmastiff reaches maturity around 2 years of age, and with their puppy and teenage years coming to a close, their energy level drops. They are generally a very low-energy breed, so even their crazy puppy energy isn't all that crazy compared to other working breeds. When motivated, and no matter their age, be prepared to see your typically lumbering canine companion turn into the swift and agile athlete they were bred to be. Remember, they were bred to detect and chase down poachers on large estate grounds and hold the poacher until the Gamekeeper caught up. Teaching them a game like hide and seek in a controlled environment could be one way to work their mind and instincts while still playing with your Bullmastiff. Make sure their reward for finding you or the hidden object is worthy of their effort to keep it a game they want to play. TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE The Bullmastiff is quite trainable, to a point, and when they are adequately motivated. If your idea of a playful canine is one who loves to play fetch for hours or learn tricks, then the Bullmastiff isn't your kind of playful. They are not high achievers and are content with very little exercise and a whole lot of cuddles. They may chew on a bone or toy and fling it around if they're feeling particularly goofy, but their antics are subdued and don't involve tons of movement. This isn't to say that you can't teach them any tricks or games; it just means you'll have to find the right game and motivation to keep them interested in playing. FAMILY & SOCIAL Canines typically play a bit more with children and feed off their energy, and the Bullmastiff is no exception. This is one area where their low energy is a huge asset if you have children since they are an incredibly tolerant and gentle breed even when playing. Their family will see the playful side of the Bullmastiff that few others ever will. This is partly because they are watchful of strangers on instinct, and play requires them to let that guard down a bit. Some might prefer a short session with a flur pull or game of tug, and a few have even been known to like fetch. You'll need to try different things to see what your Bullmastiff likes and adapt as they age or get bored. Most Bullmastiffs enjoy some wrestling and light roughhousing with the adults in the family since it quickly turns into cuddles when they lose steam. AFFECTION/INDEPENDENCE Speaking of cuddles, let's look at how inclined the Bullmastiff is towards affection versus independence. Like most working breeds, they are happiest when their whole family is home, but they do quite well alone as well. Give them a few toys to play with during the day, and you might come home to find your Bullmastiff hasn't moved at all once they reached their maturity age. Before that age, they can be prone to the same mischief of all young canines when their energy collides with boredom, and they find a (sometimes destructive) way to entertain themselves. When you're home, they'll track you from room to room and come snuggle up as close as they can get. A little low-key playtime on the floor and lots of cuddles are the favorite activities for this breed once they've grown up. WRAP UP Overall, the Bullmastiff is a very balanced breed when it comes to their playfulness. They'll play more and play harder when they are still puppies, of course, and this will mellow as they age as it does with most canines. You'll probably get a solid half-hour of quality playtime with your mature Bullmastiff each day and plenty of cuddles. They aren't a breed that has the drive to learn tricks or focus on complex tasks like scent detection games. Don't forget to check out all the other videos on the channel to learn more about this fantastic breed's different aspects.