Our guest commentor is Carol Beans of Tauralan Bullmastiffs in Santa Ana, California. Devoted to the Bullmastiff for almost a half-century, she has bred and/or owned more than 50 champions, with several dozen more sired by her stud dogs. In 2001 and 2003, one of her dogs was the #1 Bullmastiff all systems. She judged the American Bullmastiff Club’s National Specialty in October 2015.
Bullmastiff AKC Standard
General Appearance: That of a symmetrical animal, showing great strength, endurance, and alertness; powerfully built but active. The foundation breeder was 60 percent Mastiff and 40 percent Bulldog. The breed was developed in England by gamekeepers for protection against poachers.
Size, Proportion, Substance: Size - Dogs, 25 to 27 inches at the withers, and 110 to 130 pounds weight. Other things being equal, the more substantial dog within these limits is favored. Bitches, 24 to 26 inches at the withers, and 100 to 120 pounds weight.
Proportion -The length from tip of breastbone to rear thigh exceeds the height from withers to ground only slightly, resulting in a nearly square appearance.
Head: Expression - Keen, alert, and intelligent. Eyes - Dark and of medium size. Ears - V-shaped and carried close to the cheeks, set on wide and high, level with occiput and cheeks, giving a square appearance to the skull; darker in color than the body and medium in size.
Skull - Large, with a fair amount of wrinkle when alert; broad, with cheeks well developed. Forehead flat. Stop - Moderate.
Muzzle - Broad and deep, its length, in comparison with that of the entire head, approximately as 1 is to 3.
Lack of foreface with nostrils set on top of muzzle is a reversion to the Bulldog and is very undesirable. A dark muzzle is preferable.
Nose - Black, with nostrils large and broad.
Flews - Not too pendulous. Bite - Preferably level or slightly undershot. Canine teeth large and set wide apart.
Neck, Topline, Body: Neck - Slightly arched, of moderate length, very muscular, and almost equal in circumference to the skull.
Topline - Straight and level between withers and loin. Body - Compact. Chest wide and deep, with ribs well sprung and well set down between the forelegs. Back - Short, giving the impression of a well balanced dog. Loin - Wide, muscular, and slightly arched, with fair depth of flank. Tail - Set on high, strong at the root, and tapering to the hocks.
It may be straight or curved, but never carried hound fashion.
Forequarters: Shoulders - muscular but not loaded, and slightly sloping. Forelegs - straight, well boned, and set well apart; elbows turned neither in nor out. Pasterns straight, feet of medium size, with round toes well arched.
Pads thick and tough, nails black.
Coat: Short and dense, giving good weather protection.
Color: Red, fawn, or brindle. Except for a very small white spot on the chest, white marking is considered a fault.
Temperament: Fearless and confident yet docile. The dog combines the reliability, intelligence, and willingness to please required in a dependable family companion and protector.