BullmastiffInfo.org: The Bullmastiff is
known to have a natural tendency towards dog aggression in which
case many Bullmastiff breeders and rescuers find this acceptable of
an adult Bullmastiff. However, when a rescuer receives such a dog
into their Rescue program – should a dog-aggressive Bullmastiff be
deemed adoptable? Why or why not and under what circumstances?
This depends on what the individual dog has learned. If they have
been taught to fight, and harm other dogs, they should be
euthanized. If the individual has been taught certain commands to
control the dog aggression, then the situation would be workable.
BullmastiffInfo.org: What is schutzhund training?
With the proper instructor, Schutzhund training is a combination of
protection, obedience and tracking taking into consideration the
temperament of the dog involved.
Under what circumstances would a
Bullmastiff need to be schutzhund trained? Is this an appropriate
breed to endure such training?
I don’t think the appropriate term is “need”. Only with the proper
intent of the handler and the appropriate temperament of the dog
should it be pursued.
Should a family with children (or whom expect to have children in
the future) pursue having their Bullmastiff schutzhund trained?
As the popularity of Bullmastiff
ownership rises, so are the incidents of children getting bitten by
Bullmastiffs. With the media heavily publicizing dog attacks of any
nature - it has potential to bring an undesirable reputation to this
breed. How compatible do you think the Bullmastiff breed is with
young children and babies?
They can be compatible with the appropriate conditioning and
What do you believe may be the
reason for the increased incidents of Bullmastiffs, in particular,
As with all breeds, the increase rise in popularity, therefore
placement with the wrong people, and inappropriate or lack of early
BullmastiffInfo.org: Are there any cautions you would
recommend for new Bullmastiff owners with children and/or who plan
to have children in the future after acquiring a Bullmastiff to
prevent dog bites?
Investigate the temperament of the sire and dam, and socialize the
young puppy with children in the appropriate manner. If it is an
adult dog, investigate whether or not it has been exposed to
children and find out what the experiences were.
What classes do
you offer at your training facility? Include the type of class/name
puppy class, for ages 10 – 20 weeks, duration: 6 weeks. Basic
obedience, dogs 6 mos and up, duration 7 weeks. Intermediate level
One and Intermediate level two includes obedience and agility
obstacle introduction, 7 weeks. The advanced class is also a
combination of obedience and agility.
BullmastiffInfo.org: How can interested parties contact R.P.O.
to sign up for a class?
Fyfe: Phone number
BullmastiffInfo.org: What future would you like to see happen
with the Bullmastiff breed in general? Do you think it this future
Fyfe: I would like to
see the breed continue to propagate the appropriate temperament as
described above. Breeders and rescue people should be extremely
selective with new owners and potential breeders.
I think breeders should fill out a survey investigating why
they are breeding Bullmastiffs.
BullmastiffInfo.org would like to
personally thank Diane Fyfe for taking the time to share her
thoughts and experience with our readers! If you would like
more information, please contact R.P.O. at