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Staffy Bull Bullmastiff (Staffordshire Bull Terrier & Bullmastiff Mix): Pictures & Info

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Staffy Bull Bullmastiff

Height: 20 – 26 inches
Weight: Up to 130 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Colors: White, black, red, tan, brown
Suitable for: Homes with yards, strong pack leaders, active people, and families
Temperament: Powerful, stubborn, affectionate, loyal

The Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is a large mixed breed dog that descends from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Bullmastiff. This dog makes for a great guard dog at home, as they are very protective of their family. Males can weigh up to a massive 130 pounds, but don’t let their size fool you! They are just as loving and caring as they are protective, and they’re good around children, so they do well in households full of people.

These handsome mastiffs are calm by nature, but their instinct is to work, so they need to be walked every day to feel fulfilled. All in all, the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is a well-rounded dog that enjoys spending time inside just as much as they love playing in the yard.

This hybrid breed sports a large head and muscular body that can be intimidating to some people. But their personality shines bigger than their looks, so it never seems to take awfully long for people to fall in love with them. Following is everything you need to know about the powerful, stalky, and loving Staffy Bull Bullmastiff.Divider 1

Staffy Bull Bullmastiff Puppies

Staffy Bull Bullmastiff puppy
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Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs aren’t the smartest breed in the world, but they can be effectively trained, and they have a strong sense of independence. However, they don’t appreciate being left inside the home alone for long periods. The trick to being a good parent of this breed is learning all about its personality, grooming needs, and possible health problems.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff

1. Their Personalities Can Differ Dramatically

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very energetic and playful, whereas the Bullmastiff is more docile in nature. So, their Staffy Bull Bullmastiff offspring could be quite calm or very rowdy depending on the genes they inherit.

2. They Can Be Trained to Guard

Because this hardy mixed breed is so protective of its family, it enjoys nothing more than to work as a guard dog while spending time at home. Guard training gives these dogs something to do and focus on, which can help them focus better during obedience training.

3. They Can Get Along Well with Cats

Although the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is bulky and powerful, it knows how to be gentle around cats. This is especially true if they have an opportunity to grow up with a cat at home.

Parent Breeds of the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff
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Temperament & Intelligence of the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff 🧠

The Bullmastiff Terrier is as headstrong as it is large, so obedience training is crucial for owners who want to always maintain full control over the dog. A lack of training may result in a mischievous dog, which could be dangerous because of their size and bite. This mixed breed is food driven, so treats can effectively be used as rewards during training sessions to optimize focus and attention.

The Staffy Bull Bullmastiff can be aggressive with strangers so it should start socializing at a young age. But once they get to know someone, these goofy dogs tend to become quite loveable and affectionate, even to those occasional and first-time visitors. These dogs are generally kind to children and will become the protectors of any kids who live in the same home.

Bullmastiff Terriers don’t like to get bored. If they are left on their own for too long or too often, they may start tearing the couch and other valuable items apart. Giving them plenty of indestructible toys to play with will keep them entertained when they do have to stay home alone.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Generally, Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs can successfully adapt to a family lifestyle. They enjoy spending time with kids and make a great cuddle partner when it’s time to binge watch movies on the couch. They may try to sleep in bed with their owners, but a dog bed on the floor in the bedroom should keep them content.

They’ll spend hours playing in the yard while the family barbecues, and they’ll gladly hit the road for an adventure when the opportunity arises. Families both small and large are sure to enjoy the company of this fun-loving yet protective breed.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Without proper socialization, Bullmastiff Terriers can be aggressive. This would make it tough to introduce them to other dogs, let alone cats or other small animals. But if socialization is a priority for owners, there should be no reason a Staffy Bull Bullmastiff can’t get along with other animals. In fact, they love hanging out with cats and other dogs that live in the same household. However, they may decidedly take chase after unknown cats while free outdoors if they are not being supervised.

Staffy Bull Bullmastiff
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Divider 4 Things to Know When Owning a Staffy Bull Bullmastiff:

Owning a Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is a lot of fun, but it isn’t all games. In addition to making time for outdoor play and snuggle time inside, this breed takes a lot of work when it comes to training. Owners can expect to continue training throughout their dog’s life to maintain obedience and to ensure safety for strangers.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

This large mixed breed can easily consume 3 or more cups of dry good every day depending on their energy and activity levels. They wouldn’t mind eating from a free food station throughout the day, but this would likely lead to overeating, obesity, and other health issues. Therefore, we recommend splitting the dog’s food up into a couple of different meals during the day instead.

A quality brand of food that is high in protein and low in fat should be a priority when choosing a food for the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff. Foods that include soy, corn, high fructose corn syrup, and other fillers should be avoided whenever possible. It’s always a good idea to talk to a veterinarian before choosing a new food or switching food options at any time.

Exercise 🐕

The activity level of a typical Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is mid-range. They should take walks and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to keep their bodies and minds relaxed while they’re spending time in a controlled setting. These dogs love a good game of fetch, but they do better with structured activities like agility training.

Training toys can be used inside the home for stimulation when it’s rainy outside or it’s a particularly busy day. But the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff shouldn’t go more than a day without some form of exercise less they start to exhibit destructive behavior.

Training 🦮

While the Bullmastiff Terrier isn’t considered particularly intelligent, it does enjoy pleasing its master, and therefore, will work hard during training sessions. The Staffy Bull Bullmastiff can be stubborn, so training should be done in a quiet and secure place whenever possible. Obedience training can be done at home with or without the help of a professional trainer. Once learned, obedience skills should be practiced several times a week.

Agility training will keep a Staffy Bull Bullmastiff busy and offer an outlet for pent-up energy. Guard dog training should always be done with a professional present to ensure proper training techniques and overall safety during each session.

Staffy Bull Bullmastiff
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Grooming ✂️

Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs have short, sleek fur. They shed as the seasons change, so owners will have to do their fair share of sweeping and vacuuming around the house. But they require surprisingly little grooming to keep their coats in good shape as they age. A quick brushing once a week or so should keep your Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs coat shiny and smooth. This dog doesn’t usually need their nails clipped because exercise outside tends to take care of the task.

Health and Conditions ❤️

There are several minor health conditions the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is susceptible to, but only a couple of serious problems to be aware of. Regular check-ups, plenty of exercise, and a healthy diet will all help to minimize the risk of these problems.

Minor Conditions
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus

Divider 5Male vs Female

The male Staffy Bull Bullmastiff tends to be more aggressive than the female, but the aggression is completely manageable when proper training has been established. Female Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs are known to be a little harder to potty train. Neither gender of Bullmastiff Terrier is more intelligent than the other, and they both tend to be as affectionate as any owner could ask for. Both male and female Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs can do well in households with other children and pets.

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While the Staffy Bull Bullmastiff must be handled with a firm yet caring hand, these dogs make excellent pets that show lots of love and affection to household members and familiar visitors alike. They love playing in the park and they make walks at night a little safer. This is a mixed dog breed that needs an active, healthy owner who isn’t afraid to put in some training work throughout the week.

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