Bullmastiff Cross

by Jessica
(Galway - Ireland)

Goliath is the one standing up - 2 months

Goliath is the one standing up - 2 months

Goliath is the one standing up - 2 months
Goliath  - 3 months
David  - 3 months
Goliath on the left and David on the other side (obviously :)) - 5 months

Hi, I thought it could be fun to share the experience I have with my two puppies.


They are now not far from 5 months old. I have not weighed them recently but they seem to be 3 times the size they were when I got them (2 months old).

In that time they were 4.5 & 5kgs (10 & 11 lbs), very fluffy and shy.

They have now lost all their front teeth but still have their puppy canines and wide molars are growing out at the back.

Their mum is a black and brindel Bullmastiff (very light and agile body type with a broad head). She looked more like a huge boxer with a huge face and snout. Very friendly dog and very energetic.

The dad is a Black German Shepherd from what I remember of him. He just dashed in the house like a hurricane, stared at me for a few seconds, licked the tip of my nose and dashed out again. I think that was an outdoor dog that was not happy to stay inside.

They were brought up in a farm environment and are not triggered by livestock behaviour: not even tempted by chasing a chick.

They are from a litter of 3 : 2 boys and a girl; the girl had already left, so I picked up both of them (Only wanted one but couldn't make my mind on which one to choose, so I took both).

They have completly different behaviour and looks. It seems that one of them (Goliath) has picked up more German type, and the other one (David) has more the Bullmastiff type.

They can look very alike, and people can't see any difference in them, but I, seeing them every day, can clearly see it. Goliath, has a blacker face, and his snout is more pointed whereas David has a square snout.

Also, they don't behave the same way. When one would trade his life for food (Goliath) the other one would die without cuddles, affection and attention (David). If I would try and cuddle Goliath (who enjoys strokes and attention also) David would push him out of my reach and take his place (He would climb on me if I would ignore him and keep going for this brother).

They have this weird behaviour also: absolutly not afraid of fire. Goliath even ate hot ashes, ones that popped out of the fire place, and didn't seem to be bothered. Also eats peat and turf (which is used for fire). I keep having to get it out of their reach.

What strikes me the most is their colour. Their parents were both black or dark brown and they have this toffee colour.

However we, at the moment, live in Irland, so they are being used to the rainy Irish sun, but sleep inside at night time. They have access to a huge garden with no fence, so they are free to roam around (field and neighbourg gardens). They have never been far, (even if they have lost their way a couple of time when they were tiny puppies it was only three houses away).

There is a lot of livestock in the surrounding fields and have not reported any issues yet.

Well, this description is long, but it what came out of my head when I thought of a way to describing them.

Thanks for reading :)

Jessica

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BMxGSD
by: Sam

I too have a bull mastiff mixed with a German Shepard

The build and hair of a mastiff, as is the same with jaw and ears but with a slightly elongated nose. He's 18 months old and weighs close to 50 kgs give or take a kilo.

He's of a sandy complexion and is the smartest dog I've known. Well behaved and very loving.

His name is scrappy btw as when he was a puppy he was a double for Scrappy Doo.

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mix
by: Anonymous

I have a 5 month old puppy. They said he was gsd and rottweiler mix but he looks just like your puppy.

I now think he is mastiff gsd mix.

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Mastiff/Shepherd mix
by: Brian

I have a 4 year old dog. I believe he is a bull mastiff shepherd mix by pictures.

He was rescued as a pup. When he was about 7 months he was about 40 lbs. Now, he is 147lbs.

His name is Buster.

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Shepherd Bullmastiff mix
by: Lucy's mom

I have German Shepherd bullmastiff mix.

I am curious as to the percentage of yours?

Her dad was 50 german and 50 mastiff and her mom was 100 german. I am just trying to figure out her temperament. It's not typical.

She is 9 months old.

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Confused
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I adopted a mastiff mixed gsd and the owner said he is 10 months old and 85 pounds. But, his papers say 2 years old.

Is he underweight or is the previous owner wrong?

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Every dog is different.
by: Anonymous

Jessica, your pups are gorgeous. I know this is an old post. I too have a bull mastiff GSD mix.

My dutch shepherd is 16 months weighing in at 44 lbs. A rescue, she can be skittish and shy.

Our BM/GSD is now 8 months and almost 60 lbs. While these breeds are considered "aggressive" and/or dominant I totally disagree with "anonymous" ignorant comment. Mastiffs are a very chill breed after they grow out of their puppy stage. And when there is more than one dog in the home and the owner makes sure to remain pack leader, it doesn't necessarily mean two dogs of the same sex and temperament are going to be aggressive toward one another.

With guidance and proper training dogs can and will coexist, they will actually thrive from proper places in their pack. We had our dutch shepherd first. We were cautious at first thinking our BM/GSD would be too big and aggressive toward our other dog when in fact our smaller, shy, passive dutch shepherd took the leadership roll over the larger more aggressive dog.

It's actually adorable watching both my girls interact. They are best friends and coexist wonderfully. (:

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My cross Lola
by: Alex

Hi, your dogs are handsome, I have a gsd cross mastiff girl named Lola, shes currently 5 months old and weighs just under 3 stone.

Her dad was a tanned mastiff and her mom was a crystal white GSD, but yet she came out black with a slight ginger brindle and one sticky up ear.

She's amazing - so clever and friendly always chasing birds in the park. Can't wait to see her when she's big.

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Hey my puppy looks just like that
by: Wanda

Hii. I just got a girl almost two months. She's a mix - German Shepherd (mom) and Bullmastiff (dad).

She looks like the pictures of yours when they were puppies. I was hoping you could post more pictures as they get bigger. I would love to see how they look grown.

Thanks.

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Awww:)
by: Anonymous

Your pups are adorable, and resemble mine in the face quite a bit!

I have a 5-year-old GSD/BM mix and he is literally the best dog in the WHOLE world! He's super intelligent, loyal, great with kids, other dogs, cats, and even our pet rabbits.

At the dog park, he can be a little bossy, but I've learned through trainers that he is "playfully aggressive" and a dominant dog. He never ever bites or fights, just sort of herds and barks (a lot), which can sometimes intimidate other dogs and their owners.

He weighs about 85 lbs. His fur and pattern lead a lot of people to believe he is fully GSD, but his big head and squarer, short snout are mastiff! He also has an adorable set of short, semi-floppy "airplane ears," as we like to call them! I've had a lot of dogs throughout my life, but I've never shared a bond like the one I have with Zeus!

He's a great dog!

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Dear Anonymous (Writer of the "Great Names" comment)
by: Jessica

I can feel your frustration in reading my puppies' descriptions and I can understand you trust that choosing two dogs of the same sex with strong behaviours is a bad idea.

However, I believe you must be one sour and ignorant person to think you have the right to speak this way to some random person on the internet without knowing anything about their knowledge or experience. Oh wait, you probably must be some conceited student vet tech with very little knowledge who has the urge to rub it in everyone's face.

Just to keep you informed, this post is over 3 years old and I still own my lovely dogs which by some kind of miracle are still alive and love each other. Also your wise dog psychology has been proven wrong as the dominant dog is Goliath. And by dominant I mean that his brother has a total trust in each of his decisions and will follow him everywhere like a duckling. But you probably have no idea of what I am talking about as all you know of "dominance" is a dog attacking an other.

So instead of being a rude and anonymous jerk, you could have simply advised that an aggressive behaviour could be a possibility and offer solutions to avoid this happening such as neutering and early socialisation/training classes. But that would have been a smart move which I believe you are incapable of.

I really hope you reacted this way because you feel secure from being one anonymous entity from the internet. Otherwise, if you behave this way with your close relatives, I would suggest you review your behaviour because you’re going to end up alone or surrounded by despicable people.

PS: My father was a Belgian shepherd breeder/trainer and due to this I have been brought up with dogs for as long I remember. So this is where I get my knowledge in handling dogs from: living with 10+ dogs for 19 years of my life.

For all the lovely people who have written previous comments and wished to see them when adults here are a couple of photos of them vicious beasts:

http://goo.gl/S1A055
http://goo.gl/xXdmqD

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Great Names
by: Anonymous

These pups are appropriately named (David and Goliath) because one will surely kill the other (or at least try to over & over). What made you think getting two males of a strong/naturally dominant breed is a good idea? Oh wait, you didn't think. You did so out of emotion because you "couldn't choose." A selfish decision that'll show it's ugly mistake by the time they are two years old, if not sooner.

David is already showing signs of his dominance over Goliath as described by his attention seeking behavior of pushing his brother out of the way for your affection. He is also fominating YOU with this.

What. A. Mess. You're going to regret this. It WILL end in tragedy.

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GSD/BM
by: Anonymous

My family pet is Troy. He is a 6 year old Bullmastiff/GSD mix.

His mother was the BM and his father the Shepherd. Troy was little much a puppy but grew up amazingly.

I take him to the dog park and everyone thinks he's so big and beautiful. Troy is not fixed and he does not hump and is the nicest most submissive dog I've ever had.

I just got a full blood GSD puppy and Troy is definitely a little like my puppy but not completely. It's fun to see the mastiff shepherd traits.

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So cute
by: Rachel

We have a bullmastiff GSD mix and he is delightful. He is 5 months old and now weighs 55lbs! Looked just like your puppies at that age.

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Best breed ever!
by: Anonymous

We have a 14 year old Bull Mastiff-Shepard mix that looked just like Goliath as a pup.

I have had many dogs and breeds in my long life. Lucy is the most amazing dog anyone ever met. Her tolerance levels for everything, except waiting for food, is legendary!

I will look for another Lucy when her time with us is up.

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Doc
by: Anonymous

We have a bullmastiff German Shepherd cross as well.

Doc is 9 months old and 95lbs!! But, he is the handsomest gentleman you will ever meet!

LOVES toddlers, cats, dogs, kids... Everyone! I have worked in the vet industry for 13 years and he is the best dog (puppy) i have ever met!!

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Cute
by: Anonymous

Oh yeah, I just adopted a 3 month old Shepherd Mastiff mix.

Extremely smart, loves to cuddle, loves kids and other animals, but not so much for birds. Excellent mix!

His name is Julius and I'm so happy to have him!!

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Goliath and David
by: Anonymous

I too have a mastiff cross shepherd.

He will be 14 in October and weighs 9 stone. He has really long honey coloured fur but has the mastiff build, nose and short ears.

He has proved to be the best dog we have ever had, and a gentle giant. ( by the way his name is Archer ) x

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Bullmastiff/GSD mix
by: Anonymous

I have a BM/GS mix also, and they look so much like him when he was younger... They turn out gorgeous.

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Unique Breed
by: Starr

Your dogs are beautiful. I have a bull mastiff pup mixed with German Shepherd and he looks like Goliath (sorry if I spelled that wrong).

My pup's name is Butter Ball and he's 5 months, currently weighing 30.8 lbs. He has shepherd traits but mastiff weight lol.

He is also a fast learner and very loyal, I can't leave his sight too long.

LOVE HIM!!!

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Excellent!
by: matt

I've never seen a GSD/Bulmastiff mix. This puppy looks great!

I'd love to see what they look when are fully grown.

Good luck!!!

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