Bull Mastiff

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All about the Bull Mastiff

Despite the popular opinion of this breed of dog being a dangerous and vicious dog, the Bull Mastiff is an affectionate and devoted dog with a good natured temperament. However, if provoked this dog is fearless and will attack an intruder and pin him to the ground.

These are an intelligent and loyal dog that will crave human attention and so generally will get on well with children. They need to be extensively socialised to other pets and humans at an early age as they can become an extremely powerful and hard to handle dog as they get older.

Bull Mastiffs are a big dog but are not necessarily a difficult dog, but they do require an owner who can handle them and knows how to assert their authority over the dog.

The Bull Mastiff is on the list of restricted breeds in Ireland according to the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998.

Grooming a Bull Mastiff

Hair type: The Bull Mastiff has a short, dense and rough to touch coat that is usually brindle, fawn or red and sometimes with black markings on their head.

Daily coat care: The shorthaired, slightly rough coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. There is little shedding with this breed. Check the feet regularly because they carry a lot of weight, and trim the nails.

Recommended groom frequency: The Bull Mastiff should receive a professional grooming every 6-8 weeks.

At Petmania Grooming Studios we have a full range of treatments available for your Bull Mastiff. If you get puppy, we recommend our Puppy’s First Visit at around four months, once your puppy has received all his vaccinations.


What type of diet does this breed need?

Depending on the size and age of your Bull Mastiff, you will need to feed between 430g and 566g of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Our pet advisors in-store can help you find the most appropriate food for your dog, while you can find out more about the different dog food brands we stock here.

Activity Level

Bull Mastiffs need to be taken on a long daily walk to fulfil their primal canine instinct to migrate. Dogs of this breed who are not allowed to fulfil this need can become very problematic for their owner.

Where to get a Bull Mastiff

There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland, but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100’s of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home and would be delighted to introduce you to them.

However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.