General Bullmastiff Information.
In New Zealand the Bullmastiff is classified as a Utility dog. The Bullmastiff is a large dog, ranging between 60.9 - 68.5 cm (24 - 27 inches) at the shoulder. They are a very powerful dog, weighing between 40.8 - 58.9 kilograms, but are also extremely gentle in nature.
In England, in the early 1900's, the Bullmastiff was
developed by mixing the Old English Mastiff with the old fashioned British
Bulldog. The intention was to create a dog capable of assisting gamekeepers in
their efforts to prevent poaching. Rather than biting, the dog would knock down
the poacher and pin him, allowing the night watchman to take him into custody.
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