Bullmastiffs are wonderful dogs but, like all breeds of dogs, there are those that end up in a dog shelter for one reason or another. This is where the American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service, also known as ABARS, come in to play.
A Bit about the ABARS
The aim of the ABARS is to locate forever homes for bullmastiffs that have been abandoned by their previous owners. They will often be abandoned because the owners cannot (or do not) want to pay medical bills for them.
It is important to note that ABARS is not a place where their members can leave their own unwanted dogs. They will not accept surrenders from those who have bought their dog at local pet shops or with backyard breeders. They will also not accept dogs that have a history of showing aggression. Furthermore, they cannot accept mixed bullmastiffs. Before their bullmastiffs are put up for adoption, they are spayed or neutered and receive any necessary veterinary care.
They rarely have puppies, with the average age of their dogs being about two years. Anyone who is interested in adopting one of their beautiful bullmastiffs must go through a number of checks and fill out a number of forms. This is just to make sure that you are capable of looking after the dog that you are asking to adopt and that the dog will have loving new owners.
A Bit about the Breed
Bullmastiffs are strong and physical dogs but, despite their huge size, they are extremely calm loyal, and affectionate. If you get one of these dogs, you should be prepared to be covered in slobber from time to time. They are also extremely protective of their owners and their homes, so they make for good guard dogs as well. In fact, they were originally bred to be guard dogs. Their size will definitely be intimidating to anyone who is thinking of breaking in.
When it comes to their coat, their fur is short and hard, meaning they don’t molt much. This is great as it means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time hoovering up dog hair. You can find bullmastiffs with coats that are red, fawn, or brindle in color.
The males are 64-68 cm high and can weigh anywhere between 50 and 59 kg. The females, on the other hand, are 61-66 cm high and can weigh anywhere between 45 and 54 kg.
What Much Exercise Do Bullmastiffs Need?
Some dogs need a lot of exercise each day, while others need hardly any at all. So how much exercise should you ensure that your bullmastiff receives each day? Well, they are a breed that requires a moderate amount of exercise each day. Therefore, you should ensure that they get at least one hour every day.
If they don’t get enough exercise, they will start to put on weight, which is not good for their joints. Furthermore, inadequate exercise could lead to them spending their energy in ways that you will definitely not enjoy. They might start chewing everything in site or digging up your garden like they are trying to dig to China. So, if you don’t think that you will be able to provide them with 7 hours of exercise a week, it is probably best if you go for a dog that requires less exercise.
The ABARS Use a Unique Way to Ensure Their Dogs Get Enough Exercise
The founder of ABARS is actually a British man who moved to America over thirty years ago. As a Brit, he has a huge love for cricket and he actually came up with the idea of playing cricket with the dogs in order to keep them physically and mentally fit.
The ABARS have quite a huge yard, where they let their dogs roam about during the day. For one hour every day, two of the volunteers will set up some cricket stumps at the end of the yard and will take it in turns bowling to each other. The batsman will then hit the ball to different parts of the yard and the dogs will go and fetch it.
When the founder first tried this with the dogs, he thought that they would lose interest pretty quickly. However, it turns out that it is a game that they absolutely love to play. Once the house has passed, they are all extremely tired and are ready for an afternoon nap.