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|Country of Origin||19th century England|
|Type of coat||short, low maintenance, regular shedding|
|Grooming||regular brushing (10 minutes twice a week), ear cleaning, nail trimming|
|Average height||24-27 inches|
|Average weight||100-135 pounds|
|Activity level||vigorous outdoors, low indoors|
|Watchdog||very high ability, very territorial, natural guardian|
|Protection||not anymore, breed has become lethargic|
|Trainability||low, patience and consistency required, firm but not overbearing|
|Compatibility with children||gentle and affectionate with family members, unpredictable with others, absolutely no roughhousing!|
|Character||affectionate, lazy, powerful, fearless, yet docile, courageous, quick, strong, willing to challenge humans|
|Ideal home environment||large counry house with fenced yard or kennel preferred|
|Ideal owner||strong, easy going, confident, leader with time to train and socialize, who is aware of the potential danger of this breed if not properly handled and trained|
|Suggestions:||neuter males before eighth month, females are less aggressive, early obedience training and socialization|
|Links and resources|
Some call them Doormats because when you come into the room they just barely look up and then go back to sleep. With proper research into the breeding, early training and socialization, it will make a good family dog.
There is a bizarre tradition in Spain called "Running of the Bullmastiffs" where thousands of them stampede through the streets of Pamplona and people flee for their lives hoping not to be overrun by the thundering herd.
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