Short, flat, and dense, so a weekly brushing is all he needs.
The Bullmastiff is fearless and confident, yet remains docile and sweet-natured with his family. They are natural guardians of the home, but do not bark much, as silence was a virtue when guarding estates. Bullmastiffs are independent thinkers and may not respond to traditional obedience training. The breed does not require much exercise or grooming, and can live happily in a house or apartment.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Bullmastiff is a large breed and has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With some regular brushing with a curry comb and soft bristle brush will keep his coat in good condition. In addition, Bullmastiffs require regular bathing and nail clipping. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Around the house he’s calm and polite, and he’s happiest when he is wherever you are. Because of his strength, though, it’s important to make sure he knows you’re the boss. Otherwise he’ll be taking you for a walk. You’ll want to give him lots of the right things to chew on (this does not include Grandpa’s loafer). But keep in mind that despite their tough-guy looks, Bullmastiffs are sensitive, so harsh training methods will backfire. Easy does it with this loveable big guy!
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bullmastiffs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Bullmastiff can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.