The bullmastiff is a large and very powerful breed of dog. Without the proper training, this meaty breed can become quite a handful, and even potentially dangerous. With the right training and a strong leader, a bullmastiff will love and protect his family until his dying breath.
Socialize your bullmastiff early and often. This is a big dog and he has a natural instinct to protect. It is up to you to teach your dog that the mailman and the squeaky little dog down the street are not a threat.
Crate train your bullmastiff as a puppy. The crate helps housebreak your puppy and establishes you as the leader early on. The crate also provides your dog with a sanctuary and teaches him not to panic when you aren't home.
Train your bullmastiff throughout his lifetime. Basic obedience, like sit, stay, come and heel, can mean the difference between a treasured family pet and a very hard-to-handle dog. This breed is smart and independent, but these dogs will do almost anything for a treat. Stick with positive reinforcement for happy training sessions.
Take your dog for walks daily, outside of your yard and in well populated areas. Make sure you use a strong leash, just in case your dog sees something he likes. A bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of exercise, but a daily walk will keep him trim and familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of new people and animals.
Dedicate a couple of towels to use for cleaning up your bullmastiff's drool. The breed as a whole are pretty heavy droolers, so be prepared to wipe drool from your dog's mouth, and your pant legs, often.
Bathe your bullmastiff every three or four months. Brush his coat weekly and trim his nails monthly. Use a dog dental kit to brush his teeth a couple of times per week so you can avoid super stinky drool.
Feed your dog in raised food dishes twice daily. He will need a high-quality large-breed dog food. Give him around 2 cups each feeding totaling 4 cups daily.
Take your bullmastiff to the veterinarian at least once per year. Your vet should check your dog for common breed health concerns like hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, hypothyroidism, heart related issues, eye problems and genetic disorders.
- Never let your bullmastiff off the leash in a public area.