BULLMASTIFF BREED STANDARD
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Powerful build, symmetrical, showing great strength, but not cumbersome; sound and active.
CHARACTERISTICS: Powerful, enduring, active and reliable.
TEMPERAMENT: High spirited, alert and faithful.
large and square, viewed from every angle, fair wrinkle when interested, but not
when in repose. Circumference of skull may equal height of dog measured at
top of shoulder; broad and deep with well filled cheeks. Pronounced stop.
Muzzle short; distance from tip of nose to stop approximately one third of
length from tip of nose to centre of occiput, broad under eyes and sustaining
nearly same width to end of nose; blunt and cut off square, forming right angle
with upper line of face, and at same time proportionate with skull.
Underjaw broad to end. Nose broad with widely spreading nostrils; flat,
neither pointed nor turned up in profile. Flews not pendulous, never
hanging below level of lower jaw.
Dark or hazel, of medium size, set apart the width of muzzle with furrow
between. Light or yellow eyes highly undesirable.
V-shaped, folded back, set on wide and high, level of occiput giving square
appearance to skull which is most important. Small and deeper in colour
than body. Point of ear level with eye when alert. Rose ears highly
Level desired but slightly undershot allowed but not preferred.
Canine teeth large and set wide apart, other teeth strong, even and well placed.
Well-arched, moderate length, very muscular and almost equal to the skull in
Chest, wide and deep, well let down between forelegs, with deep
brisket. Shoulders muscular, sloping and powerful, not overloaded.
Forelegs powerful and straight, well boned, set wide apart, presenting a
straight front. Pasterns straight and strong.
Back short and straight, giving compact carriage, but not so short as to
interfere with activity. Roach and sway backs highly undesirable.
Loins wide and muscular with fair depth of flank. Hind legs
strong and muscular, with well developed second thighs, denoting power and
activity, not cumbersome. Hocks moderately bent. Cow hocks highly
Well arched, cat like, with rounded toes, pads hard. Dark toe nails
desirable. Splayed feet highly undesirable.
Set high, strong at root and tapering, reaching to hocks, carried straight or
curved, but not hound fashion. Crank tails highly undesirable.
Gait/Movement: Movement indicates power and sense of purpose. When moving straight neither front nor hind legs should cross or plait, right front and left rear leg rising and falling at same time. A firm backline unimpaired by powerful thrust from hind legs denoting a balanced and harmonious movement.
Coat: Short and hard, weather resistant, lying flat to body. Long, silky or woolly coats highly undesirable.
shade of brindle, fawn or red; colour to be pure and clear. A slight white
marking on chest permissible. Other white markings undesirable.
Black muzzle essential, toning off towards eyes, with dark markings around eyes
contributing to expression.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact
proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into
Utility Group A.N.K.C. © January 1998