Bullmastiffs have a solid build and are large, strong dogs. The males range from 25 to 28 inches in height and 110 to 130 lbs in weight. The females range from 24 to 26 inches in height and 100 to 120 lbs. in weight. A bullmastiff's coat may appear in fawn, red, or brindle. These are the only acceptable colors in the AKC standard. The fawn can range from a very light brown to a reddish brown. Red can range from a light red-fawn to a dark rich red. Brindles are a striped overlay of the fawn or red. A bullmastiff should have no white markings, except for on the chest where a little white is allowed. These canines make good family dogs. They are good-natured, gentle, loveable and obedient. They are natural guardians of their home and owner but they are also quiet dogs who do not bark much. The Bullmastiff also does not require much grooming or exercise. They are as well highly intelligent so training, socialization and consistency are all very important.

History of the Breed

The known history of the Bullmastiff begins about 1860 in England. Bred to guard against poachers who threatened gameland in England, the Mastiff was not aggressive or fast enough, and the Bulldog was a little too ferocious and small. However, the resulting cross of Mastiff Bulldog was the Bullmastiff, great for throwing and holding poachers without mauling them. The bullmastiff was recognized as a pure-bred dog in 1924 by the English Kennel Club. In 1933, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The first standard for the breed was approved in 1935.

Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

History and Origin

The Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is one of the most ancient French dog breeds. This breed has a powerful, muscular body and were originally working dogs. They were used for pulling carts, hauling heavy objects, and for guarding flocks and castles. The breed was known in France as early as the 14th century particularly in Southern France in the region around Bordeaux. The history of the breed is known to predate the Bulldog and the Bullmastiff. A uniform type of the breed did not exist until about 1920. In 1989, the first Bordeaux dog appeared on the big screen in America in the movie Turner and Hooch, a picture about a police officer and his canine partner. Full AKC recognition of the French Mastiff didn't occur until 2008.


Breed standards set forth by the European FCI and the American Kennel Club state that the minimum weight of the female should be 100 lbs. and 115 lbs. for the male. There is no formally stated maximum weight but the dogs must be balanced with regard to overall type and the conformation standards of their breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux's head is said to be the largest in the canine world, in proportion to its body. It's coat is short, fine and soft the colors are fawn or mahogany with a black, brown or red mask. The red mask is the most true to the breed. The French Mastiff's temperament is good and calm. They are loyal, patient, devoted and intelligent. They are gentle with children and family members but fearless and confrontational with strangers.


This breed needs regular exercise. They are average shedders and do need regular grooming.
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