I have looked at both breeds but can’t see a lot of difference between them. Why are they not considered the same breed?
Ah so a bullmastiff is 60% mastiff! No wonder they look so much alike. Thank you
Bullmastiff=IWas originally s a cross between the English Bulldog and Mastiff, hence the name. It is now a reconsised breed and is reconsided by AKC and is now consider an seperate Purebred!
Height: Dogs 25-27 inches (63-69cm) Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66cm)
Weight: Dogs 110-133 pounds (50-60kg) Bitches 100-120 pounds (45-54kg)
The Bullmastiff was obtained by crossing 60% Mastiffs with 40% Bulldogs in the country of England. Mastiff Bulldog types can be found in records as early back as 1795. In 1924 Bullmastiffs began to be judged. Three generations of breeding of Bullmastiffs was required for Bullmastiffs to be registered as purebreds. The Bullmastiff was used as a gamekeeper’s dog to track down, tackle and hold poachers. The dogs were fierce and threatening, but were trained not to bite the intruders. When the need for gamekeeper’s dogs decreased, the dark brindle dogs so good for night camouflage gave way in popularity to the lighter fawn coloration. It has been prized as a hunting guard, as an aid in army and police work, and is used as a watchdog by the Diamond Society of South Africa. Today’s Bullmastiff is a reliable family companion and guardian. It enjoys living with the family, with whom it comforts itself well.
Height: Dogs from 30 inches (76cm)
Bitches from 27 inches (69cm)
Weight: Dogs about 160 pounds (72kg)
Bitches about 150 pounds (68kg)
Found in Britain as early as the Roman invasion, the Noble Old English Mastiff was probably brought to that island by Phoenician traders as early as the 6th century BC. Since then, the Mastiff has been used as an arena gladiator by the Romans, in the bloody sport of bull, bear and dog combat, and as a sheep guardian, bodyguard, protector, and companion. A Mastiff came to America on the Mayflower and subsequently other dogs were imported. By the end of World War II, Mastiffs were almost extinct in England. However, with fresh imports from the United States and Canada, the breed is once again well established in today’s England. Some of the Mastiff’s talents include: watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search & rescue, and weight pulling.