Breeding the notoriously large English Mastiff with the Bulldog, the Bullmastiffs were thought to have been created in the late 1800’s in England. These large, tenacious dogs were often the protectors of large estates, guarding against intruders and poachers. Although only about half the size of a Mastiff, these smaller varieties have the predatory instincts of the Bulldog, making them a combination of size, speed and aggressiveness.
Understanding The Bullmastiff
In general, the Bullmastiff is not considered one of the more dangerous or vicious breeds. Although protective toward their human families, they are thought to be good family dogs. They can be docile and loving pets; however, they are stubborn and independent, making them more difficult to train. In size, they range from 100-130 pounds, much larger than the Bull Dog yet also much smaller than Mastiffs that can weigh close to 250 pounds.
Bullmastiffs tend be fairly calm and even lazy in demeanor. These large protectors are often happy to lay contentedly at their owners feet and are not overly excitable. They tend to be quiet, not barking extensively even at intruders, as they were bred to be silent guardians. For many families, these dogs can be treasured members of the homes they so diligently protect.
Size Does Matter When It Comes To Severity Of Dog Bites
When it comes to Bullmastiffs bites and attacks, size does matter. Historically these dogs were trained to hold intruders on estates without maiming them, although like any dog, they will bite when provoked. It is their size that can make them dangerous, along with the traits of aggressive behavior that some bull breeds can have.
In the report on dog attack deaths and maimings compiled by Merritt Clifton, the editor of Animal People, Bullmastiffs are responsible for more injuries than many other breeds. Although not touted as a dangerous breed, they have maimed and fatally injured more people than other more notorious breeds. Although they only represent an estimated .02% of the dog population in the U.S. and Canada, the report outlines over 105 known attacks from 1982-2013. According to the report:
- 61 people were maimed
- 42 victims were children
- 15 victims were fatally injured
These supposedly gentle giants can do extreme harm when they become aggressive due to their sheer size and strength. A small child has little defense over a dog that may be twice or more their size. As with all dog breeds, it is not the Bullmastiff but the training and circumstances that lead to them attacking or biting a person.
Since these are such large dogs, the extent of the damage they can cause when they bite is extreme. With large jaws and impressive strength, Bullmastiffs can inflict severe injuries quickly on their victims. Most Bullmastiff bite victims will at minimum need stitches and may require additional medical care to repair torn muscles, tendons or even nerve damage. In addition, there can be disfiguring scarring and other reconstruction needed. In most cases, the owner of the Bullmastiff will be responsible for paying for the medical and other expenses that were the result of a dog bite or attack.Don’t Ignore A Bullmastiff Bite
A bite from a Bullmastiff or other dog can cause significant injury and may leave permanent disfigurement. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the impact of these situations and does everything possible to secure the best possible outcome for you. Before you assume that there is ‘nothing’ that can be done, allow our Chicago dog bite lawyers to investigate your cases for you. As with all of our accident cases, we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you. Contact us today.