Pit Bullmastiff

100-130 lbs
25-27"
United States
American Pit Bull Terrier
Bullmastiff
American Bandogge, Bandog

The Pit Bullmastiff is a hybrid that is a combination of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bullmastiff. These dogs are both quite large and as a result the Pit Bullmastiff is large as well, weighing up to 150 pounds or more. They are known to be confident and brave while still being lovable and friendly. Your Pit Bullmastiff is a good family watchdog but they must be properly trained and socialized. Their coat comes in many colors such as white, brindle, red, black, brown, cream, or fawn and is easy to care for since it is typically short and fine. 

Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
1960s
Ancestry
American Pit Bull Terrier and Bullmastiff

Pit Bullmastiff Health

Average Size
Male Pit Bullmastiff size stats
Height: 27-29 inches Weight: 120-150 lbs
Female Pit Bullmastiff size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 100-130 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Heart Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Atrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood And Urine Analysis

Pit Bullmastiff Breed History

The Pit Bullmastiff is not a pure-bred dog but they were bred purposely to be a guard dog and for hunting big game. They were originally used by British gamekeepers to catch and retrieve wounded animals. They were first bred in the 1960s by a veterinarian, John Swinford, and were further developed by a breeder named Joe Lucero. You must also consider the histories of the parent breeds of the Pit Bullmastiff. The American Pit Bull Terrier was bred from Old English Bulldogs and Old English Terriers from Scotland, Ireland, and England in the 1800s to create the strength of the Bulldog and the gameness of the Terrier. The result was a dog that excels in many fields including conformation, weight pulling, dock jumping, lure coursing, agility, tracking, and obedience. They were originally used for bear baiting and dog fighting but these sports were outlawed in 1835. In fact, it is thought that they got their name from being put in the pit to fight with other dogs. The breed has gotten a bad reputation for being aggressive but they are not unless they are taught to be that way or if they are mistreated. They were accepted by the United Kennel Club in 1898 and are still popular dogs today. The Bullmastiff originated in England in 1795 from a mix of the Bulldog and the Mastiff to help with police work and to track down poachers. Although they look ferocious, they are gentle and sweet dogs that make excellent pets. They are still used in the Army and as police dogs because their imposing stature is a good deterrent for criminals. They are the 48th most popular breed of dog in America where they were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1934. 

Pit Bullmastiff Breed Appearance

The Pit Bullmastiff is a giant dog ranging between 100 and 150 pounds and stands about 27 inches tall. They have a short, fine, smooth, straight coat that may be white, brindle, red, black, brown, cream, fawn, or a combination of these or other colors. Females are a bit smaller than the males but they are both muscular and stocky dogs with massive heads and an athletic build. Their almond shaped eyes may be hazel, blue, or brown and their nose is black or brown. Their looks can vary quite a bit depending on the parentage but their ears are usually floppy and triangular and their tail is long and straight. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Pit Bullmastiff eyes
Blue
hazel Pit Bullmastiff eyes
Hazel
brown Pit Bullmastiff eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pit Bullmastiff nose
Black
brown Pit Bullmastiff nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pit Bullmastiff coat
Black
brown Pit Bullmastiff coat
Brown
red Pit Bullmastiff coat
Red
cream Pit Bullmastiff coat
Cream
fawn Pit Bullmastiff coat
Fawn
brindle Pit Bullmastiff coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pit Bullmastiff straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pit Bullmastiff Breed Maintenance

The Pit Bullmastiff does not need much maintenance due to their short, fine coat. In fact, you can get away with just brushing your dog once or twice a week with a slicker brush or rubber curry mitt. To prevent excessive shedding, you should brush them more often during the spring and fall, when they shed the most. You can bathe them when needed but do not shampoo them too often because their skin is susceptible to becoming dry and irritated. Once or twice a month, you can give their ears a gentle cleaning and trim your dog’s toenails when necessary. 

Brushes for Pit Bullmastiff
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pit Bullmastiff requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pit Bullmastiff Temperament

This breed is great with children and pets when socialized and properly trained. They make excellent guard dogs while still being caring and cuddly with you and the kids. The Pit Bullmastiff is brave, trustworthy, and social as well as serious when it comes to working. They are not afraid of hard work and would rather be working than laying around doing nothing. Your Pit Bullmastiff should be easy to train since they are smart, obedient, and eager to please. They do not bark much and can be suspicious of strangers so they should be introduced to guests to prevent accidents.

Pit Bullmastiff Activity Requirements

The Pit Bullmastiff needs at least 60 to 90 minutes of strenuous activity per day to keep them happy and healthy. This breed is used to work so it is best if you can give them something to do to keep them both mentally and physically busy most of the time. If they do not get enough exercise they can become anxious or bored and end up with bad habits like chewing on things or may even become aggressive. Although they do like to be around their family, they do not have any problem with separation anxiety when left alone for any period of time as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Pit Bullmastiff Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4.5 cups
Daily Cost
$3.20 - $4.00
Monthly Cost
$96.00 - $120.00

Pit Bullmastiff Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pit Bullmastiff size stats at six months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Female Pit Bullmastiff size stats at six months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 60 lbs
12 Months
Male Pit Bullmastiff size stats at 12 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 110 lbs
Female Pit Bullmastiff size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 90 lbs
18 Months
Male Pit Bullmastiff size stats at 18 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 135 lbs
Female Pit Bullmastiff size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 115 lbs

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