The Bullmastiff makes a very good companion dog and family pet and as he is a guard dog by
nature, he could well be called a family guardian. They can be described as: intelligent, loyal,
stubborn, laid back, family oriented, stoic, and even-tempered.
The Bullmastiff rarely barks, unless there is a problem he can't investigate, then he barks to warn
the owner of the problem. There is a varying amount of slobbering associated with a Bullmastiff, the
most occurs usually after eating or drinking or on an extremely hot day.
They are a dog that requires consistent and fair training (with the addition of food treats, the
learning is rather quick).
Because he was bred as an estate guard dog, your yard must be fenced to give him his boundaries.
He will naturally be defensive of his own yard, so all gates must be secure. It would be quite upsetting
for an unknowing acquaintance to enter your yard for a friendly visit, to find a Bullmastiff coming to
investigate him at full speed. On the positive side, the Bullmastiff is a knockdown-and-pin dog, not a
biter, so your 'guest' may feel a little indignant, but will come to no harm as long as he does not
retaliate. If he does, the dog will stand no nonsense and is quite able to protect himself and his family.
In relationship to people, Bullmastiffs tend to bond extremely close with 'their' people and are
usually suspicious of strangers, who they tend to 'size' up. Early puppy interaction with lots of
different people (and dogs) is very important to overcoming potential problems due to this trait.
They also naturally 'guard' their family members, making them constantly attentive and curious
about their surroundings and any perceived dangers. Without ongoing training and socialization, the
Bullmastiff can become over-protective and over-aggressive towards strangers and other dogs, etc.
As deceiving as their looks can be, Bullmastiffs can be quite affectionate & demonstrate it by loving
to be by your side (or sitting/laying on some part of your body) and letting you know when they want a
pat by putting their paw on you (usually when you are ready to go out, and they have a dirty paw).
Because of their love of their family, they must be integrated as a member of that family. They can
live outdoors in a sheltered dog house, but will be happiest if they can spend a certain amount of time in
the house with their 'family'.
Bullmastiffs are also very good with children. Their easy going nature and calmness, tend to make
them able to tolerate the energy of younger kids. But again, due to their large size, constant parental
supervision is necessary.
Once a person obtains his or her first Bullmastiff, a new fancier is usually born, and tends to be
hooked for life - this is one of the greatest tributes to the breed.