BULLMASTIFF! Why Are They GOOD! Why Are They BAD!
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We'll talk about each of the categories pros first, and then we will look at them again and see in what situations they could be considered cons. Let's jump right into the first category. ENERGY/SPACE Looking at the energy and space requirements of the Bull Mastiff, we see that they have the typical lower energy level of other mastiff breeds, so they do exceptionally well in less active homes. This is a terrific pro for people looking for a large dog they don't want to compete with or want to take with them on long hikes. Bull Mastiffs also don't take up much space in the home other than an appropriately sized bed if they aren't allowed on the furniture; otherwise, they will be right where you are most of the time. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category will look at is their intelligence and trainability. Bull Mastiffs have average intelligence and are willing to please, making them easy to train when it comes to basic obedience. They are equally motivated by food as they are play and affection, making it easy to train them out and about and in a structured setting. The key is to keep in interesting and not ask too much of them at once without some really awesome rewards. GROOMING The third category is their grooming requirements. Despite being an enormous canine, weighing anywhere between 100 – 130 pounds, they typically don't shed much. Like all double-coated breeds, they will blow their coat twice a year in the spring and fall. When they are fed a high-quality kibble, or ideally a raw diet, their shedding is reduced even further, and their whole coat is much softer. FAMILY & GUARDING The fourth category and pro to having a Bull Mastiff in your home is their deep family bonds and protective nature. They are very gentle and protective with children while not being overly reactive when children or their friends start getting a bit rowdy. The other pro to this temperament is their guarding nature brings a sense of peace and security to their family, knowing that they have a canine who is both a dedicated protector and imposing deterrent. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE Rounding out the last category in the pro list is their affection versus tendency towards independence. The Bull Mastiff can and will think for themself, but they are extremely bonded to their family and prefer to take direction and guidance from their calm, consistent canine leader. The really strike a great balance between being affectionate but not overly needy. Since they are so balanced, they make ideal companions for homes where someone is home throughout the day and where the family is gone for longer periods. Let's look at each of these categories again, but in the light of how the Bull Mastiff's temperament and size could be a con. CONS ENERGY The first category we mentioned in the pros list was their energy and space needs. While their lower energy level allows them to thrive in low to moderately active homes, this can quickly turn into a con for active families that want to take their Bull Mastiff on long adventures or runs. They are also not a breed that will exercise themselves in the backyard without you, so while they don't need much to burn off their energy, they do require walks and playtime like any canine. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category is their trainability and intelligence. Being as low energy and independent as they are, they can easily become willful and even outsmart family members or even take the leadership role on themselves. This makes them a poor choice for first-time canine leaders as well as those homes where the whole family isn't on the same page when it comes to setting boundaries and enforcing proper behavior. GROOMING Coming back to their grooming needs, while they do shed very little, they are known to be big droolers, and this can be a huge con. Some Bull Mastiff will be more joule-y than others and drool more, but you'll find nearly every individual of this breed will regularly drool. This means more cleaning around the house and you'll likely have drool on your clothes most days too. FAMILY & GUARDING When looking at their close family bonds and guarding instinct, most people only see the pros, but this can flip to a con when you consider their quality of life in your home. They need gentle corrections and consistent boundaries to satisfy their willingness to please and not trigger their stubborn personalities. In homes with multiple people or potentially numerous canine leaders, this can get tricky very quickly, depending on each member of the family's experience level. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE The final category is their affectionate versus independent nature. Since they are an extremely affectionate breed, they don't do well in homes where their family is gone 8+ hours a day. They will generally sleep all day without issue but they love being with their family and getting quality time with everyone. WRAP UP Like with people, every good quality will also have a counter that makes it unappealing. It's essential to consider every angle, including your current lifestyle potential of future life changes, and honestly evaluate your canine leadership skills and willingness to alter your lifestyle for every breed.