Bullmastiffs are a large breed that typically weigh between 100 to 130 pounds. They are fearless and confident, but obedient to their people's wishes. Smart and reliable, they can be an independent thinker, yet they want to please. They have a solid build and short muzzle and a coat that lies flat on the body. Though they are large, powerful, and muscular, they do not require a huge amount of exercise.
Common Health Conditions
- Cystinuria is a genetic disorder is caused by an inability to reabsorb cystine, an amino acid, back into the kidney tubules. This results in the formation of kidney or bladder stones, which can cause life-threatening blockages of the urinary tract, especially in male Bullmastiffs.
- Cruciate ligament tears are a common knee injury that tends to occur in large young dogs during play and older overweight dogs. A twisting of the dog's hind leg, which causes the anterior cruciate ligament to tear or rupture, can lead to lameness in the hind leg.
- Bullmastiffs have sensitive skin that can be prone to rashes, sores, and irritations. They may also be prone to contact or inhalant allergies, caused by a reaction to substances such as detergents or other chemicals or airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mildew.