Adopt a Bull Mastiff Puppy
If you are thinking of adopting a Bullmastiff puppy, then you will be in for quite a lot of ups and downs. The Bullmastiffs were first developed as a companion/therapy dog for bull riding since they possess all the necessary characteristics for this purpose. However, due to their popularity, they have become popular as family pets as well, and because of this fact, their numbers have risen steadily in recent years.
In fact, in many cities across the United States, Bullmastiffs are overtaking the previously popular English Mastiffs. Because of the popularity of these dogs, it can be said that they are experiencing an outbreak of the disease called Cystitis, which is now affecting Bulldogs.
The price tag attached to adopting a Bullmastiff puppy is high, however. At present, these dogs cost between two hundred twenty to three hundred dollars. This price is substantially higher than most other breeds of puppies, so if you are looking to adopt a Bullmastiff, you may want to reconsider your decision. There are other cheaper and better breeds to consider.
If you decide to adopt one of these dogs, you must be prepared to provide for its nutritional and medical needs, not to mention training.
The Bullmastiffs, despite their sturdy frame, have slow metabolisms. So, unless you are willing to spend several months training your puppy properly, it would be best if you go with another breed.
The reason why the Bullmastiffs are more expensive to adopt than other breeds is that they are rare. Only about fifteen to twenty of every hundred dogs are still alive in this country which is purebred Bulldogs. Because of the rarity of these animals, it is also more difficult to find a responsible owner and breeder of them. You can learn more about Bullmastiffs and other breeds by doing an online search. In particular, you will find the Internet offers you a wealth of resources on which to research before adopting.
The advantage of going through a professional breeder is that he or she will be able to provide you with knowledge about the characteristics of the Bull Mastiff puppy you are thinking about getting.
This includes both the good and bad points. They will be able to advise you whether or not the breed is right for you and your lifestyle. They will be able to tell you if you would be a suitable candidate for breeding. And most importantly, they will be able to tell you how much money you should expect to spend on your new pet.
Another benefit of going through a professional breeder is that he or she will be able to provide you with advice on how to rear your new puppy. Most people who adopt Bull Mastiffs raise them themselves. This is possible because the puppy is an intelligent breed that can be trained easily. Raising the puppy yourself also ensures that you have full control of all aspects of the life of your puppy. You will always know where the dog is and when he or she has been spayed or neutered.
Once you have decided to adopt a Bull Mastiff puppy, it is important that you carefully select a reputable breeder.
Make sure he or she has had previous Bullmastiffs in their breeding lines. Ask to see some of the dogs that have come before yours and observe how they are behaving. Also, talk to the people at the shelter or the place where the Bulldog puppy came from. Chances are, they will have had previous Bullmastiffs available for adoption.
Once you have adopted your puppy, try to establish some form of social hierarchy in your household. The Bullmastiffs are a very territorial breed that can become aggressive toward other dogs and people. But, you should establish your leadership early, so that the puppy knows who the boss is. Patience is key to this training and you should never punish your puppy in any way.