Welcome to the American Bullmastiff Association, a resource for Bullmastiff fanciers, breeders, exhibitors, owners, and all who love this amazing breed
A Brief History of the Bullmastiff
The known history of the Bullmastiff begins about the year 1860 in England. It is probable that the story of the breed is really centuries old. The Bullmastiff was bred to aid gamekeepers in protecting the game on large English estates. Poaching on the estates was an expensive problem for the landowners, and it was the gamekeeper's duty to catch the thieves. Gamekeepers needed a dog that could track quietly, cover short distances quickly, and pin and hold poachers without mauling them.
Gamekeepers experimented with several breeds, looking to the mastiff, who was too slow, and then the bulldog, who was at the time a more ferocious dog than he is today--too ferocious. Out of these breeds, the Bullmastiff was born. He combined the best of both breeds for the job required of him. He is now primarily a family companion with a calm, dependable disposition when properly trained and socialized. The Bullmastiff was accepted as a recognized breed of the American Kennel Club in October 1933.
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The ABA is an AKC Member Club
The American Bullmastiff Association is a member of the American Kennel Club, and is the only National Bullmastiff Breed Club recognized and sanctioned by the AKC.
2014 ABA National Specialty
For more information on the 2014 ABA National Specialty,
Bullmastiff Health: The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)
The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The purpose of CHIC is to provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists, that will assist in breeding healthy dogs.
It’s All About the Relationship: Foundations of Performance Training for the Bullmastiff Puppy. By Cindy Platt. Read the article (PDF)...
Attention Agility Fanciers
The ABA National Agility Trial will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Bella Vista Training Center in Lewisberry, PA (approximately 45 min. from National Show site). It is an indoor facility with great footing.
This trial is an All-Breed Trial. Entries for bullmastiffs will be open on June 2 while non-bullmastiff entries do not open until June 13. Get your entries in early. ABA National Agility Trial Premium (PDF)
For more information and Premium List: www.bvtrainingcenter.com
2013 National Specialty Winners
2013 National Specialty Best of Breed and Best Veteran, BISS GCH Tondra's What's Cookin' Highpoint ROM
2013 National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex: CH Knatchbull's Kentucky Zachery (D), Owner: B Shell.
2013 National Specialty Best of Winners: Bullstock's Son Of Anarchy (D), Owners: M Stebbins-Robertson and I Robertson.