My husband and I are planning on purchasing a Bullmastiff. We have 3 children, ages 3,4 & 13. We did a little research and what we read about this breed seems to be what we want in a dog. We had to give a Rottweiler to a rescue because of aggressive behavior towards us and the kids. I ordered him from a breeder from out of state and it was a big mistake. It was our second pup from him, the first pup died from parvo and this one was very aggressive. A lot of people tell us to get a Lab or Golden Retriever, but my husband has his heart set on a Bullmastiff. The information on them seems that they are a good dog with children, but then other people think we're crazy for wanting this kind of dog. I know any dog you really have to watch with children, but I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with aggression with these type of dogs?
The Bullmastiff is a devoted, alert guard dog, with a good-natured temperament, though he tends to be willful. Docile unless provoked, he is fearless and protective, yet affectionate. Although unlikely to attack, it will catch an intruder, knock him down and hold him. At the same time, it is tolerant of children. Intelligent, even-tempered, calm and loyal. These dogs crave human attention. The Bullmastiff is an extremely powerful dog and needs a firm master. They should be thoroughly obedience trained for safety, and should be taught not to pull on the leash. Be sure to socialize extensively with both people and other dogs at an early age. Bullmastiffs can be aggressive with other dogs and are reserved with strangers. They may be okay with other pets if raised with them from puppyhood. The Bullmastiff is a more aggressive breed than the Mastiff. He tends to drool and snore. Puppies may seem uncoordinated. These dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice. It is not a difficult dog but does require a handler who can assert his authority. The Bullmastiff should never be banished to a kennel. This breed tends to drool and slobber.