Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
All dogs drool, but
sometimes Bullmastiffs may drool more often than other breeds.
Some lines have dryer mouthed dogs than others.
2. How BIG do they get?
The breed standard
calls for a dog that is between 25-27" for a male and between
24-26" for a female. Weights are between 110-130# for a male and
90-110# for a female. However, there are many Bullmastiffs that
fall either under the standard or over the standard. Ideally, a breeder breeds to the breed
standard and the pups that may fall outside the parameters of the
standard are placed as companion animals.
3. How much food do they
An adult Bullmastiff
usually eats between 2-3 cups of dry kibble twice a day. This
averages out to 40-60# of dog food per month. Some may eat more
and some may eat less. Each dog is different so you need to gauge
the amount of food to the size of the dog. The important thing to
remember is do not let your Bullmastiff become overweight.
4. How much do they
Prices vary from
coast to coast, but the average is as follows. For a companion
animal the price range may be from $1,500.00 plus any
shipping costs that may apply. For a show puppy, the price range
is from $1,800.00 - $2,000.00 plus shipping costs that may apply.
I have heard of some people charging as much as
$2,500.00-$3,000.00 for a puppy. For a companion pup, breeders
usually make it mandatory to have the pup spayed or neutered.
This helps protect the integrity of the breed. All our
puppies sold are on a non-breeding contract with the Canadian
Kennel Club. This non-breeding contract with the Canadian
Kennel Club and the breeder is under a private contract which
will be lifted under strict restrictions such as Health
Clearances and Show title achieved.
5. Do I have to show my
If you are interested
in showing a dog, then work with your breeder on getting the best
quality pup you can. Most breeders will gladly help you along the
way in this wonderful sport. Most breeders keep their pick pups,
so it could take a year or more to get just the right pup for
you. Be patient. Let you breeder help you and teach you. They
are your mentor.
If you do not want to
show a dog, then be up front with the breeder. Do not sign a show
contract. Many people want a show quality pup and because you are
getting a companion animal doesn't mean that it is a lesser
quality. Tell the breeder what you want. Many top quality show
prospects go to pet homes to be wonderful couch ornaments.
6. Are they good family
Yes! This breed needs to be
an integral part of the family unit. This breed IS a guard breed
and does require a lot of early socialization so that they become
accepting to everyone you invite into your home. They are very
rough as puppies and may knock small children down without even
noticing. They would protect you with their life, if the need
7. Do I need to take my
dog to obedience school?
training is in a class situation and provides socialization as
well as valuable training. If your dog is not under control, he
may knock someone down and hurt them. We highly recommend
Academy. To visit their web site click
8. What colors do they
The recognized colors are
red, red fawn, fawn and brindle. They should have a black mask
and dark eyes, ears and nails.
9. How much exercise do
This breed requires
moderate exercise. As a pup, start with very slow short walks,
then increase the length of the walk as the dog gets older. Do
not attempt any high impact events until the dog is well over 18
months of age.
10. How do I find a
Do your homework.
Interview each breeder you talk to. Make up your own set
of questions before you talk with them. The breeder will
have a set of questions to ask you. Do not be offended by
these questions as they are being asked to protect the pup! This
pup will be a part of your family. Make sure your breeder
will be available to answer your many questions, no matter how
silly you may think they are (no question is EVER silly).
If the breeder states that their dogs have certifications on
hips, elbows, eyes, thyroid, cardiac, etc, ask to see the
certifications. If they cannot provide you with copies,
then the dogs do not have those health clearances and you should
be wary of them. If the breeder has a contract, go over
each clause with that breeder. There may be clauses in
that contract that you do not understand or agree with. If
you do not feel comfortable with those clauses, talk about them
with the breeder and come to an agreement. If this cannot
be done then DON'T take the pup.
DO NOT IMPULSE BUY.
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