The ledgend- lives on.
|Barked: Sun Oct 29, '06 6:51am PST |
|I always cringe and get a shiver up my spine everytime I hear somebody say they want a Bullmastiff. There are many positives to the breed, but let's learn the cons of the Bullmastiff.
1.) TEMPERMENT- I put this as number one, because so many Bullmastiffs end up in rescue or in shelter, because of their faulty temperment. Bullmastiffs are extremely territorial dogs. In this day in age of BSL, this does not come over well with many city authorities. They will protect their yard, their humans, their house, or their car at all costs. Because of these drives, training them can be difficult, and explaining to a passerby while your Bullmastiff chased them away from their driveway can be difficult and lead to further problems with your city. Many require special home owner's insurance in certian areas.
2.) SAME SEX AGGRESSION- Bullmastiffs are notorious for being same sex aggressive. Males and males (a Bullmastiff with any other breed that is a male) should never happen. They may seem fine at first, and coule be fine for days, weeks, months or years, but you must prepare yourself for the day of all out war. As one highly respected Bullmastiff breeder once said about owning a male Bullmastiff, with a male of any other breed, "You must prepare yourself for the day where there will be an all out brawl. On that day, go inside, get yourself a big tall drink and throw that down. Wait. Then go outside and bury the loser." Yes, folks. It's that bad. I have a friend who went out and bought a male Bullmastiff after meeting Zeus, when she already had a male Boxer. A month or so ago, the Boxer was sent to the emergency vet after the Bullmastiff literally tore into his leg, damaging muscle tissue and ligiments. That Bullmastiff is currently looking for a home.
3.) MALES IN GENERAL- All male Bullmastiffs, unless being used for show or for professional breeding purposes SHOULD BE NEUTERED. Once a male Bullmastiff (even those who are neutered, so image the intact males with the testosterone running through them!) hits one year of age, you will see a signifigant increase in aggression. Because of that, anybody considering a Bullmastiff absolutley HAS to be...
4.) A STRONG, DOMINEERING, CONFIDENT OWNER- You MUST be pack leader with these dogs, or it will be the end of your Bullmastiff, period. These dogs thrive on challenging their owners for the leadership position, and many times, win. Bullmastiffs are known for being extremely bull headed (no pun intended) and stubborn, and at times, have to be reminded to listen to you.
5.) FINDING A REPUTABLE BULLMASTIFF BREEDER is a feat of it's own- When it comes to this breed, quality is not expensive, it's priceless. It is not un-common to spend between $1500-$2500 for a healthy good quality Bullmastiff puppy. Due to the growing popularity of this breed, many backyard breeders and puppy mills especially have picked up on this breed. Health clearances and show titles, plus a breeder with thorough knowledge that will lead you through your quest for the right puppy is key. Getting a healthy puppy whose parents are happy and healthy are important because of the Bullmastiffs...
6.) WIDE ARRAY OF HEALTH PROBLEMS- Bullmastiffs are prone to the following: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Thyroid Dysfunction, Eye Disorders, Kidney Disease, Bloat, Cancer, Heart Problems, Temperment (Yes, temperment!), Cruciate Ligament Ruptures, Allergies, and skin problems. (Just to name a few!)
7.) THE COST OF MAINTAINING YOUR BULLMASTIFF- Total up-front costs (crate, bowls, bed, ect) will run you upwards of $800. (This does not include the puppy, which price we discussed earlier.) Look at $400 a year for flea and tick preventatives. A full grown Bullmastiff will go through 40 pounds of food a month. ($30-65 dollars/month). Average vet care per year is around $450 dollars (because of all of their health problems. This does not include emergencies). Health specific medications $420. Surgeries concerning health and specific issues (bloat, entropion, TPLO) can run you an average of $2,000 per incident. Plus, there's much more not mentioned. Health wise, they are an expensive breed.
8.) HOUSING YOUR BULLMASTIFF- Bullmastiffs CAN NOT live outdoors due to their shortened snout, which also gives them a shortened respitory tract, and in many breathing problems. They MUST LIVE INDOORS, and that leads me to telling you that they DO drool, they DO shed a lot, they DO like to slop their food and water around, and they DO take up a lot of room! Prepare to lose a lot of cherished items while your Bullmastiff puppy is growing up. They can be very demonstrative and very destructive. Many have been known to chew through walls or doors. Put up your cherished china!
9.) SIZE- The average male Bullmastiff will weigh around 140 pounds. The average female will weigh around 100-120 pounds. Do you want that running around with...
10.) CHILDREN- Bullmastiffs can be good with children (if raised with them since they were young. If not raised, jealousy can become a big issue, which you do not want with a 140 pound dog.) Bullmastiffs are so large, and so un-coordinated, children do get knocked over frequently, and do get hurt without the dog knowing what has happened. Bullmastiff puppies love to jump, but generally are so big, can easily knock a child over. Also, if there is a child laying in your Bullmastiff's path, do not expect him to go around the child.
11.) LIFESPAN- Prepare yourself to only have your Bullmastiff around for a maximum of 8-10 years. Due to their size, and all of their health problems, they do not live long, so every moment must be charished.
If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me (Zeus' Mom) or visit http://bullmastiffinfo.org/ where you will learn more about the breed than you ever wanted to know!
Edited by author Mon Sep 21, '09 8:42pm PST