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HISTORY Let’s look at the history of each of these breeds a bit so we can see how their early jobs still affect their temperament today. The Boxer was developed in the very late 1800s and is descended from the German boar hunting and bloodsport breed, the Bullenbeisser that is now extinct. They share a high energy level, guarding instinct, and a ferocious streak that made the Bullenbeisser a favorite of German nobility and now make the Boxer incredibly successful in police and military protection roles. When they aren’t being high-level protectors, Boxers are wonderful family dogs full of love and silly antics. Developed only a few decades before the Boxer, in the mid-1800s, the Bullmastiff is the result of crossing the English Mastiff and the now-extinct Old English Bulldog. The original role of the breed was as an assistant to English gamekeepers in protecting large estates from poachers. They primarily did this by running off the poachers or by running down and pinning a too-slow poacher until the gamekeepers could catch up. They are a large and powerful breed that makes still makes an impressive deterrent today but has a mellow enough temperament to do well as part of the family.  APPEARANCE Now let’s get into their different appearances. Both breeds are solid muscle and have a boxy build to go along with square heads and jaws, and both are known to be droolers thanks to their heavy joules. The Boxer, considered a medium-size, usually appears as lean and light on its feet sporting a thin, short coat that shows off their sleek body. In some cases and countries, the Boxers tail is docked as either a safety precaution or for aesthetics. The Bullmastiff is obviously a large breed of the mastiff variety, and thanks to their loose skin and low energy don’t appear as agile as the Boxer. Make no mistake, a Bullmastiff with the proper motivation has a huge stride and can execute the most complex of agility maneuvers flawlessly.  TEMPERAMENT/ENERGY/TRAINABILITY  Their temperaments are both suited to family life but for different reasons. The Boxer is very vocal and playful and loves to be where their people are. They are full of energy and personality which makes their clownish antics all more entertaining given how loving and affectionate they are. You’ll also notice that the Boxer has a very soft personality that won’t do well with harsh corrections or blurry boundaries. They are extremely loyal and protective of their family but highly trainable thanks to their willingness to please. The Bullmastiff is similarly loyal and protective of its family but their low energy level means they are more of a cuddler than a player. They love to be with their family and keep an eye on them for as long as possible without moving from their favorite spot. Their willingness to please is tempered by their energy which can make them stubborn and willful when they aren’t in the mood to do anything. They are incredibly loyal to their family, even new babies, and take their role as a protector very seriously, and this instinct overrides their laziness when it comes to guarding the family. SOCIAL NEEDS - OTHER CHILDREN/SMALL ANIMALS The Boxer has a more reactive personality but given proper socialization, they will do well with other children and even some small animals in the home. You’ll always need to be mindful of their active paws when playing and their bouncy nature when playing since it can easily lead to a child getting scratched or tripped. Some Boxers grow out of this and are content to watch from the sidelines much like a Bullmastiff. A Bullmastiff has a very low reactivity level that goes along with their low energy. They are extraordinarily gentle around children and will hesitate to act unless there is a clear threat. Their size can and will intimidate children, and even adults, so socialization is important as a way for them to get used to this kind of hesitation from new people. They will likely investigate any new child or animal that comes into the home thoroughly then return to their spot where they can monitor everything from a comfy bed.  WRAP UP The Boxer and the Bullmastiff are incredible breeds and are quite adaptive to family life. If you want a low energy dog that doesn’t need much exercise and is so calm they border on lazy, then the Bullmastiff might make a great choice for you. If you have an active lifestyle or want to get involved with canine sports then the athletic and eager Boxer may be the better choice for you.

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