Are Bullmastiffs Mean?

by Naomi Millburn
    Bullmastiffs are usually even-tempered animals.

    Bullmastiffs are usually even-tempered animals.

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    Bullmastiffs are big and brave dogs, and because of that they might give a somewhat intimidating impression to those unfamiliar with them. Though the energetic dogs, United Kingdom natives, are indeed strong and vigilant, they're far from mean. On the contrary, bullmastiffs typically exhibit relaxed, peaceful and tender temperaments.

    Bullmastiffs usually are compliant and affectionate in nature, especially when around their families. When they're around people they trust, their strong qualities shine. They adore the company of their favorite people and as a result don't appreciate staying outdoors alone for long. They're affectionate, dedicated and pleasant in behavior. Bullmastiffs tend to get along with kids, although they're not particularly big on playtime, and some children prefer animals who are more frolicsome. For the most part, they even get along with fellow pets, dogs included. Dogs of this breed thrive with owners who have forthright and decisive personalities.

    Sufficient training and socialization are vital for all dogs, and bullmastiffs are no exception here. With the right training and socialization, bullmastiffs are trustworthy canines, more so than many other varieties of mastiffs, according to the book "Top Dog," published by Dorling Kindersley. While bullmastiffs are bright dogs, they can be headstrong during obedience training. Some breeders believe that young female bullmastiffs are easier to train, according to veterinarian and author Dan Rice. Some also believe that female specimens have stronger concentration abilities.

    While bullmastiffs frequently work well with other animals, they can act fiercely toward other dogs sometimes, particularly those of the same gender. Because of this, many bullmastiff owners opt to keep their pets far away from areas with lots of other dogs, such as canine parks. Bullmastiffs don't tolerate the presence of unfamiliar animals on their established turf, either.

    Guarding people comes naturally to bullmastiffs. In England, bullmastiffs worked for gamekeepers, assisting them in keeping estates free of poachers. Because of their history, bullmastiffs are naturally extremely cautious animals. They can be heedful and bold around unfamiliar persons, as protecting their beloved family members is a major focus. They are careful around trespassers, but they rarely bite. Instead, they usually bark persistently at them. When they feel like they have no other choice, they sometimes hold interlopers down. With ample socialization and experience around different people from a young age, bullmastiffs can grow up to be relaxed and placid even around strangers.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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