What owning a Bullmastiff says about you?
He is loyal, loving, good natured, and sweet, although he can be aggressive when he feels that he or his family is threatened. When he has been properly socialized and trained, the Bullmastiff is calm and dependable.
At what age do bullmastiffs become aggressive?
Bullmastiff puppies (up to two or three years old) can be rambunctious and have an aversion to keeping all four feet on the ground at the same time. Fortunately, adults are calm and quiet and need only moderate exercise to maintain their impressive muscle tone.
What kind of condition can a Bullmastiff have?
Bloat is a condition in which the stomach fills with air (dilation) and twists on its long axis (volvulus), thereby causing obstruction and cutting off the blood flow to vital organs. This potentially and often fatal condition can occur in any dog but is especially prevalent in large, deep-chested breeds.
What should I do if my Bullmastiff has heart problems?
Listening to the heart with a stethoscope is the first step in assessing a dog’s cardiac condition, but it is not always adequate, especially in a short-nosed breed such as the Bullmastiff. Further tests involving EKGs and cardiac ultrasound may be indicated. A consultation with a canine cardiologist is recommended when abnormalities are detected.
What should I do if my Bullmastiff has bloat?
Even in those cases where decompression is successful, surgery to prevent reoccurrence should be considered. Bullmastiff owners should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of bloat and establish a plan for immediate treatment. Early detection and immediate medical intervention is essential if the dog is to survive.
What causes abnormal heart sounds in a Bullmastiff?
An abnormal heart valve usually causes these abnormal heart sounds. Heart murmurs can be congenital or acquired. While many congenital murmurs will never cause a problem during the dog’s lifetime, some can cause problems later, and some may be early signs of more serious heart problems.