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ORIGIN

 

   Great Britain.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION

 

   Group 2 – Pinscher and Schnauzer Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Section 2.1 – Molossoid breeds, Mastiff Type.

Without working trial.

 

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

 

   The Bullmastiff evolved from the Old English Mastiff and the Bulldog. Primarily used as a guard dog and, in olden times, to help the gamekeeper in the apprehension of poachers. The Bullmastiff is intelligent and observant; he is totally reliable both physically and mentally and can quickly assess a situation. His bravery and courage and defending against intruders is legendary.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

   Powerful build, symmetrical, showing great strength, but not cumbersome; sound and active.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT

   Powerful; enduring, active and reliable. High-spirited, alert and faithful.

 

HEAD

CRANIAL REGION

 

Skull

   Skull large and square, viewed from every angle, fair wrinkle when interested, but not when in repose. Broad and deep.

Stop

   Pronounced.

 

 

 

FACIAL REGION

 

Nose

   Well opened nostrils. Nose broad with widely spreading nostrils; flat neither pointed nor turned up in profile.

Cheeks

   Well filled.

Eyes

   Dark or hazel, of medium size, set apart the width of muzzle with furrow between. Light or yellow eyes highly undesirable.

Muzzle

   Muzzle short; distance from tip of nose to stop approximately onethird of length from tip of nose to centre of occiput, broad under eyes and sustaining nearly same width to end of nose; blunt an cut off square, forming right angle with upper line of face, and at same time proportionate with skull.

Lips

   Flews not pendulous, never hanging below level of lower jaw.

Jaws / Teeth

   Under-jaw broad to end. Level (Pincer bite, edge to edge) desired but slightly undershot allowed but not preferred. Canine teeth large and set wide apart, other teeth strong, even and well placed.

 

 

 

Ears

    V-shaped, folded back, set on wide and high, level of occiput giving square appearance to skull which is most important. Small and deeper in colour than body. Point of ear level with eye when alert. Rose ears highly undesirable.

 

NECK

   Well arched, moderate length, very muscular and almost equal to skull in circumference.

 

BODY

 

Back

   Short and straight, giving compact carriage, but not so short as to interfere with activity. Roach and sway backs highly undesirable.

Loin

   Loins wide and muscular with fair depth of flank.

Chest

   Chest, wide and deep, well let down between forelegs, with deep brisket.

 
 

TAIL

   Set high, strong at root and tapering, reaching to hocks, carried straight or curved, but not hound fashion. Crank tails highly undesirable.

 

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS

 

General appearance

   Forelegs set wide apart, presenting a straight front.

Shoulder

   Shoulders muscular, sloping and powerful, not overloaded.

Forearm

   Forelegs powerful and straight, well boned.

Metacarpus (Pastern)

   Pasterns straight and strong.

 

Forefeet

   Well arched, catlike, with rounded toes, pads hard. Dark toenails desirable. Splayed feet highly undesirable.

HINDQUARTERS

 

General appearance

  Hind legs strong and muscular.

Lower thigh

   Well developed lower thighs, denoting power and activity, not cumbersome.

Hock joint

   Moderately bent. Cow hocks highly undesirable.

Hind feet

   Well arched, catlike, with rounded toes, pads hard. Dark toenails desirable. Splayed feet highly undesirable.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

 

   Movement indicates power and sense of purpose. When moving straight neither front nor hind legs should cross or plait, right front and left rear leg rising and falling at same time. A firm backline unimpaired by powerful thrust from hindlegs denoting a balanced and harmonious movement.

 

COAT

 

Hair

   Short and hard, weatherresistant, lying flat to body. Long, silky or woolly coats highly undesirable.

Colour

   Any shade of brindle, fawn or red; colour to be pure and clear. A slight white marking on chest permissible. Other white markings undesirable. Black muzzle essential, toning off towards eyes, with dark markings around eyes contributing to expression.

 

 

 

 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

  Males Females
Height at the withers 64 – 69 cms. 61 66 cms.
Weight 50 59 kgs. 41 50 kgs.

FAULTS

 

   Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

 

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

 
  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

 N.B.

 

   Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.