Bullmastiff breed history
History of bullmastiff spans several centuries. At the end of the 18th century there were references to interesting dogs - crossbreeds of bulldogs and mastiffs.
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Forests of Europe were teeming with poachers, and guard dogs were needed, which at night helped huntsmen. Moreover, the work of the huntsman was dangerous - since illegal hunting was punishable by the gallows, poachers who had nothing to lose did not disdain murder. So the bullmastiffs had to combine the protective qualities of mastiffs, the stubbornness of the bulldogs, tirelessness and flair of the hound. And it was not for nothing that the Bullmastiffs were dubbed the "night catchers of poachers."
As a result of the efforts of the breeders of England, a bullmastiff turned out to be a fearless, silent, powerful dog that knocked down the poacher and kept the huntsman before coming, not allowing him to move.
Later, blood of German Great Danes and dogs of other breeds were added to the bullmastiffs.
In 1925, the Mosel breeder founded the National Club of Police Bullmastiffs. A year later, he presented at the exhibition a 5-year-old male, which the audience really liked. As a result, in 1927, the Bullmastiff breed was recognized by the English Kennel Club.
The Second World War caused damage to the breed, but the Bullmastiffs were saved.
Bullmastiff still retained good working qualities and is used in the police service, as well as as a security guard, including on diamond mines in South Africa.
Bullmastiffs are especially popular in the UK, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Due to the fact that these dogs are obedient, manageable, not prone to aggression and get along well with children, they have earned the glory of good companions. In addition, they are not so slobbery as their relatives of similar sizes.