The Bullmastiff is often referred to as the ‘gentle giant’ of the dog world. It is a very large dog with a high protective instinct and originated from England in the 1800s. They were originally bred to protect large estates from poachers, and are a cross between the Mastiff and the English Bulldog. They were officially recognised as a separate breed in 1924, and have gained in popularity ever since for their gentle nature and devotion to those they are asked to protect.
Bullmastiffs are affectionate, loyal and loving companions. Their calm and self-assured temperament makes them excellent family pets and watchdogs for those who have a larger property. Due to their size, they are not suitable for small backyards. They are intelligent, but can be quite independent, requiring early socialisation and consistent firm training. They have a short coat that requires minimal grooming, but do need regular exercise to keep them healthy. Bullmastiffs do well in homes where they receive lots of love and attention, and are given the job to protect their families.
The protective nature of Bullmastiffs may make them reserved around strangers, so early socialisation is important for Bullmastiff puppies. They require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Bullmastiff, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.